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Sky Zone Toronto

Posted by Erica Berman / Posted on March 17, 2013

Sky Zone TorontoSky Zone Toronto is the second location of this trampoline park franchise opened by owner, Caroline Irving, in the GTA. Following on the heels of her popular outpost in Mississauga, Irving tells me she opened the new Leaside location because patrons were demanding a location closer to downtown. Irving first discovered the concept when she visited her sister-in-law's Sky Zone franchise in Boston.

The new 28,000 square foot facility boasts activities guaranteed to entice adults, teens and children alike. There are several courts dedicated to trampoline dodge ball, which is an activity Irving admits, that has found its biggest fan base among adults looking for a new past-time. There's a large, recreational bouncing space and basketball courts that allow even the most vertically-challenged individuals the opportunity to slam-dunk a few balls. There's also a foam pit, which is just pure, squishy fun.

Sky Zone TorontoThis is truly a venue that has something for everyone. Saturday nights are reserved for individuals aged 16 and older, and Tuesdays and Thursdays there is Toddler Time, reserved for children aged 6 and under, accompanied by a care-giver. For those serious about getting fit, Sky Zone offers SkyRobics, group fitness classes, several times a week. At $11.50 a class, this is a fun, fair-priced alternative to what's offered at most fitness clubs. Sky Zone also hosts birthday parties, which start at $20/per child, including food. This is extremely reasonable compared with most other privately-owned party venues in the GTA.

Sky Zone TorontoWhen I arrive with my family on a blistery Saturday afternoon, we are immediately welcomed by Manager, Dominic. He gives us each a waiver to fill out, provides us with special shoes to wear during our jumping experience, and goes through the list of rules to be followed while we use the facilities.

Sky Zone TorontoAs promised by Irving, bouncing on the trampolines provides a challenging workout and my calves are quickly burning. My kids' cheeks flush with pleasure and exertion after only a few minutes. While I knew our school-ager would enjoy it, as she does trampoline during her gymnastics classes each week, I was not sure what our temperamental preschooler would think. Ironically, it was she who we had to drag out of the place, kicking and screaming. As we piled into the car to leave, both children immediately asked how soon we could return for another visit.

Sky Zone TorontoBut we all truly enjoyed the experience, and within just a few minutes of bouncing, the skills I learned in my 3 years of trampoline lessons as a kid quickly came back and I was doing seat drops, knee drops and tuck jumps. Seeing the smile on my face, Dominic confirmed that it is often the adults who express the most joy from the feeling of freedom and lightness you get when you bounce. Indeed, it is definitely one of the most pleasurable ways to get fit I can think of. Just note that there are no change rooms at Sky Zone, nor showers, so if you plan to go for a SkyRobics class or dodge ball game, allow yourself extra time to go home and clean up.

Sky Zone TorontoHelicopter parents need not fear as the facility is clean, spacious, and equipped with Sky Zone's patented 3-D trampoline-walled playing courts, which provide a safe experience for jumpers of all ages. There are no exposed springs or holes like there were in the trampolines of my youth. In addition, the facility is well-staffed with court monitors who are responsible and attentive and make sure the court rules are being followed at all times.

Sky Zone TorontoSky Zone TorontoPhotos by Kat Rizza

Discussion

18 Comments

Jose / March 17, 2013 at 11:22 am
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Reminds me of that episode on King of Queens lol.
Moneesha replying to a comment from Jose / March 17, 2013 at 01:09 pm
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Jose, you watch too much tv.
Rosie / March 17, 2013 at 02:05 pm
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I love this place. There is nothing cuter than watching my three year old bounce during toddler time. He has better balance than I do!
Hal / March 17, 2013 at 05:51 pm
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This article was very poorly written. Do people get paid to write for BlogTO? I hope not.
whistle / March 17, 2013 at 06:59 pm
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Got kicked out of the one in mississauga each square has a baby sitter that blows whistles at you every time you do something to break their long list of rules in the adult section. Got so sick of the whistle told them to shove the whistle up their butt. Got asked to leave, will never go back.

TheSmackDown replying to a comment from Moneesha / March 17, 2013 at 08:01 pm
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Moneesha, you are a judgmental twat. Mind your own damned business.
Dogeballer replying to a comment from TheSmackDown / March 17, 2013 at 09:22 pm
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Mind your own business instead of insulting people in their own conversation while budding in.
LOL / March 17, 2013 at 09:50 pm
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so what happens one someone blows out their acl or snaps there leg off in here?
flex / March 18, 2013 at 09:25 am
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Can you play Slam Ball?!?!?!?
jimmyeat replying to a comment from whistle / March 18, 2013 at 10:27 am
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the rules are not that hard to follow and that's extremely disrespectful. I'm sure they're glad you won't be back.
TheSmackDown replying to a comment from Dogeballer / March 18, 2013 at 05:36 pm
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Dogeballer, when I come across an asinine comment such as Moneesha's which is insulting other users, they are going to hear about it. Now you have a problem with me? Wow what a world we live in... Sit down you fool.
Shawn / March 18, 2013 at 10:24 pm
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So who's down for forming a slamball rec league?
TheVok / March 19, 2013 at 08:41 am
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"... trampoline dodge ball, which is an activity Irving admits, that has found its biggest fan base among adults looking for a new past-time."

Um, can BlogTO at least EDIT its articles?

"Ironically, it was she who we had to drag out of the place, kicking and screaming."

That's not ironic!

Most of all, it reads like an ad.
Tex / March 23, 2013 at 08:04 pm
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I wanna jump on all of the tramps.
kb / April 11, 2013 at 01:01 pm
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I hate to comment here because these "comments" are ridiculous and useless thus far.

I went to skyzone with my daughter (as well as a baby asleep in the carseat) this morning for "Toddler Time" and it was fantastic. I loved it. My daughter liked it too. We both had so much fun. There are a lot of rules but it is primarily a safety thing and I really can't argue with that.
It is clean, safe and affordable. They played 'kid" music and I loved how much it got my little couch potato moving, she was excited and engaged the moment we got there.

This is a great place to let little ones get some exercise when the weather is off.
T replying to a comment from Becka / May 14, 2013 at 11:52 am
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Becka, I'm sorry you had a bad experience at Skyzone but the court monitors have to be strict! If they aren't strict then people will break all the rules and there will be a lot of severe injures that could be life threatening. The court monitors maybe too strict but they are just doing their job to ensure safety.
Chris / June 9, 2013 at 09:23 pm
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Let's play some Slamball
Alyssa / September 28, 2013 at 01:28 am
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This is probably the 3rd review ive written because im trying to make my opinion known everywhere about my terrible experience ive had a few weeks ago at this place. I have never been so disgusting with a staff crew in my entire life. If i could go on and list every single ignorant thing that came out of these staff members mouths i would but i really do not have the time. It is very disappointing because the place itself is amazing. I am not writing this review to complain about the rules, regulations, etc but for the very very unprofessional staff that works here. My complain does not stop here, i am doing my best to take it higher to make sure these very disrespectful employees get let go because it is honestly such a shame that such a nice place looses tons of customers because of their staff.

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