Bouncing off the walls at Sky Zone in Mississauga
Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park in Mississauga that offers a trampoline experience like none I had tried before. It wasn't hard to convince someone to make the trek out with me to check it out — the lure of wall-to-wall trampolines (and trampoline walls you can bounce into) was enough to get quite a few of us out there.
We decided to pre-book our tickets — and fill out our waivers — online to skip a line-up and get the jump time we wanted (you can start every half hour during operating hours), but for a Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., they weren't overly busy and we probably would have been fine simply walking in. I'm not sure if this is indicative of most evenings, or if we got lucky. According to the staff, the place often sells out certain popular time slots, so I'd still suggest booking a jump time if you're planning to go on a weekend, especially given its location outside the city proper.
Sky Zone offers temporary locker storage while you and your friends go for a jump, though I'd recommend bringing your own lock, as they were out of rental locks when we arrived, despite the availability of a number of lockers.
After checking in and getting our special trampoline shoes, there was a serious lack of communication from staff about where to go next, which was frustrating. There's a safety video you're supposed to watch, but no one directed us to do so. We eventually ended up just heading over and going onto the trampoline area ourselves — and as soon as we started bouncing, I more or less forgot about the virtually invisible staff.
The trampoline area is divided into sections, ensuring each participant gets his or her own square to bounce on. You're welcome to switch areas at your leisure, and there's a good combination of square areas, long, narrow "alleys" of trampoline, and squares next to the wall - which is also a trampoline you can bounce into.
One of my favourite areas was the foam pit, which is exactly what it sounds like. Imagine a kid's ball pit filled with foam blocks and trampoline floor leading up to it. While I'm not stunt man — choosing to simply cannonball into the pit — I had a great time watching some other jumpers flip, spin, and somersault into the foam.
Sky Zone also offers a number of cool activities throughout the week I'd like to go back and try — namely SkyRobics, an hour-long, low impact fitness aerobics class on the trampolines. Considering how tired I got after just 15 minutes of bouncing, I imagine the class is quite the workout. Sky Zone also offers 3-D Dodgeball games and leagues, where you play dodgeball on the trampoline field.
Bouncing around like this might not be the best weekend activity for those who've over-indulged on the booze the night before — hangover nightmare — but it's good clean fun that has the power to make you feel like a kid again.
Sky Zone Sports is located at 3636 Hawkestone Road in Mississauga. More info can be found on their Facebook page.
Photos 3 & 4 by Vikki Pownall, all others by author.