2834 Route 73 North | Maple Shade, NJ 08052 | website
Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park located in Maple Shade, NJ. From the Betsy Ross Bridge it takes about 20 minutes to get to. Top three things you need to know:
1. My boys love it.
2. It is expensive
3. There are a lot, a lot of rules.
Unfortunately we do not go a lot because of the cost. For the three of us to jump for two hours it usually cost $70. That for one night is a lot. But they do love it so I do encourage you to throw it into the mix at least once. To be honest if I didn’t jump with them it would be cheaper…but what is the fun in that! If you end up going this is what you can expect. This time I included videos to give you a better idea of what a trip to Sky Zone is like!
Sky Zone is a giant space with dodge ball courts, A mini cafe with pizza and ice cream, a giant tramp that is broken up into rectangles, a giant foam pit and basket ball nets.
Dodge Ball. Yes it has made a huge come back but more importantly it is the best way to work out your frustrations with your children.
1.Before you go complete a waiver for each person that will be jumping on-line. This will save you time at check-in. The waiver’s are electronically sent to Sky Zone and you will be on file once you get there. I think these waivers last one year.
Take a look at the foam pit. They empty it only once a month so empty your pockets before you take the plunge.
2. How to Buy your “Tickets” or Jump Time: At Sky Zone you pay for the time you will be jumping. So you buy “tickets” for specific time slots. You can buy your tickets on-line before you go but we never do. Since we are traveling from Philadelphia and the traffic can be unexpected I don’t want to pay for time that I don’t use. After you buy your time everyone gets a big orange sticker with the time that their jumping expires. There are clocks everywhere. They also do a time check on the PA system every 15 minutes and the workers also see the time printed on your sticker.
Remember I did say it was expensive. Now if you look at the prices below you are thinking. $16 for 60 minutes…that is not bad. But add it up for three people for two hours and it hits the budget harder then I would like.
- 30 minute jump: $12
- 60 minute jump: $16
- 90 minute jump: $20
- 120 minute jump: $24
- SkyJam: $18
- Jumpapalooza: $17
Here is how I do it. The first time we went I made a rookie mistake. I bought an hour and then when they wanted more time I got them ice cream and went and bought another 30 minutes. Well the ice cream there is a dip’n dots and takes a while to eat so I ended up rushing them through their ice cream so we did not waste our jump time. My boys go crazy and wear themselves out with jumping so they need a little break. Now I buy 1 hour, let them take a break to grab some food and after they are done eating I buy more time.
3. Socks and Lockers: You have to buy Sky Zone socks if you want to jump. They cost $1.00 each. They are yours to keep and you bring them back each time. They have grips on the bottom that help little ones keep their footing. There are shelves there to put your stuff on. There are also lockers for your purse. The locker is $0.25 but it can only be opened once. Each time you open it you need to put in a new quarter for it to lock again. I think that is pretty lame. Especially since it is not a cheap activity.
4. Introduction: Before you start you have to go through an introduction of the rules. Once you do that you get a blue dot on your orange time stickers. They take rules very seriously here.
5. Little Ones: I was worried that my kids would get trampled by big kids but the space is very controlled and they really do their best to make sure all ages get to take advantage of everything there in a safe way. They have a dodge ball court that they try to keep just for toddlers and on the giant trampoline it is broken up by ages. *Please note that birthday parties take priority there. That means that the dodge ball court that is just for toddlers can get taken over by a birthday party at any time. They do have toddler time in the morning during the week at a special discounted rate.
6. Rules: There are a lot of rules. It is actually kind of comical. Assume that everything you want to do is wrong. Now that is an exaggeration but if you have been there then you know what I mean:
No jumping with your phone (so no action shots). One child per rectangle on the giant tramp. A parent cannot jump with their child on the giant tramp since it is broken out by ages (they only let me do it once because the place was empty). When playing dodge ball with your child you cannot race them. Even if you are the only ones on the dodge ball court. You cannot run-jump you must get around by jumping vertically ( I love when they had to explain that to me).
I am sure there are a million more rules but these are the ones I have gotten busted for to date. Honestly is helps me understand how my kids feel when all they hear is no. Despite the mountain of constant rules we still manage to have a ton of fun and the boys leave angry because they would not take a break to eat, they are exhausted and want to jump for 3 more hours. I told you they love it.
7. Parking: It is a piece of cake. Welcome to the NJ, strip malls and the burbs.
8. Phones: No one answers the phones when you call. This I hated. The main number goes to a call center that is tasked with answering basic questions and they can connect you with a location but not without some prodding. Basically Sky Zone is a franchise that is already being built to take over the world.
9. Birthday Party Option? They do offer birthday parties but I would not touch this place on a weekend with a 10 foot pole. It is busy after school during the week so I can only imagine what it is like Friday through Sunday. I would really have to review the private options you have with a birthday party because if it is busy your party will be waiting in-line for the foam pit, big tramp and the basketball hoops. I know you get a private dodge ball court but I am not sure for how long. If you want to look into it but before you book it go on the same day and time you would have your party and check it out.
10. WiFi: My kids still want me to jump with them and I love it. But if you have older kids Sky Zone has free wifi and you can see moms all over on their iPads. Just for reference I am usually the only mom jumping.
11. Staff: I have to say for how many rules and no’s the staff has to dole out they are super nice. They even chuckle a little bit about some of them. They are always smiling, energetic and apologetic when they have to discipline you.