Extreme fun on trampolines

When we pulled up to the big white warehouse building that houses Xtreme Trampoline, my 12-year-old son and his friend were already jumping with excitement.

Xtreme Trampoline

485 Mission St., Carol
(630) 752-1400
Hours: 3-10 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. weekends.
Cost: per jumper for the first hour and for each hour after
that. n Parental safety waivers must be signed and all jumpers are
required to watch a safety video before jumping. The party area
tables and the jumping platform are wheelchair accessible.

Xtreme Trampoline is like the maximum overdrive version of your neighbor’s backyard trampoline. Up a short flight of steps is a wide platform with tables for parents and three “jump courts” separated by age; one each for preschoolers to 7-year-olds, 8- to 12-year-olds, and teens and adults. Each court has several floor-level trampolines in a row with angled upright trampoline pads on either side to bounce off.

There is another row of trampolines facing a trench filled with foam squares for kids to flip into and a trampoline dodgeball court with timed dodgeball sessions. A referee watches over each court and all the employees were attentive and friendly.

Although it was busy, my husband and I were able to have a normal-voiced conversation. Being the veteran of many birthdays at kids party places, I also appreciated how clean everything was.

We especially enjoyed watching the teen jump court. Several of the jumpers were talented gymnasts and athletes, performing amazing flips and somersaults up and down the court.

The only wait was a short line for the dodgeball sessions, which the boys quickly decided was their favorite activity.

I was impressed at seeing kids of so many different ages having fun. Xtreme Trampoline is a perfect place for an active birthday party, a scouting or youth group event or a teen night out. It makes for a fun Friday night whether you want to jump or just watch.

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