Boing Zone - Birmingham’s newest trampoline park - has opened just yards from Blues’ football ground.
With plenty of natural daylight, the arena feels like it’s a really good size – not too big, not too small.
There’s room for jumpers to try the whole range of trampolines and associated activities without straying too far from their friends, or watching parents.
The music might be a touch loud and echoey for those watching, but the operators say it encourages more jumping so it’s aimed at them.
With a tiny refreshments’ zone in the corner, the cafe is not going to out-muscle Starbucks et al any time soon.
But whether you just want Maltesers or crisps, cake or muffins, tea, chocolate or coffee it does all of the basics to keep you going on both sides of the safety netting.
What is Boing Zone – and where is it?
It has taken over the former Brantano shoe store in Trident Retail Park.
It is the third of its kind to be opened by the Stourbridge-based company.
Less than a mile from the Custard Factory, it’s on the other side of Watery Lane Middleway to Blues’ home at St Andrew’s.
At 8,000 square feet, this Boing Zone park is a third of the size of the Jump Nation site which opened in Walsall near the M6 J10 earlier this year.
It will also soon be dwarfed by two forthcoming trampoline parks – Flipout in Sandwell and Rush UK in Kings Norton – as the trampolining craze continues to sweep the UK.
But size doesn’t matter for Boing Zone founders Kerry Clarke and father Ian Clarke, a retired former director of logistics for a national supermarket.
Kerry said: “This site is about 8,000 square feet, with some 45 trampolines and a capacity of 55 people per hour.
“We’ll have toddler sessions in the morning and adults in the evening... and we have lots of ideas how to develop it, too.
“We find that with our smaller sites it’s better for corporate events and children’s parties – people can see where their children are.”
Kerry added: “We are proud of the fact that we were the operators of the first trampoline park in the West Midlands when we opened in Stourbridge and we are the only local company, too.
“We had a great manager there who lived in Cannock, so we opened another one in Cannock so that it would make her life a lot easier.
“We then found this site here.”
How much will a Boing Zone session cost?
Admission is £6 for 30 minutes, £9 for an hour, £13 for 90 minutes and £16 for two hours.
All jumpers must wear safety grip socks which are £2 per pair.
Just like 3D glasses you buy in cinemas, they are reusable the next time you jump.
Spectators can watch free of charge.
How do you know how long you have got?
Participants are given coloured wristbands.
Jumping sessions start every 15 minutes.
Who can jump?
The maximum weight is 120kg (almost 19 stone).
For regular sessions, minimum jumping age is five years old and all jumpers must be a least one metre tall.
Call for details of times for toddler sessions.
All children aged five to 12 must be supervised by a parent / guardian on the premises.
Children over 13 can be left, but must have signed a risk acknowledgement and waiver former (valid for 12 months).
What is the advice?
Be aware of those around you, it is your responsibility to jump safely.
Give smaller jumpers priority at all times.
Just like football, two two yellow warnings or one red will result in your expulsion from the trampoline area.
What can you do in Birmingham?
Jump up and down on various trampolines, run along a series of trampolines do and single, hands-free somersaults.
There’s a giant air bag to dive into and a dodge ball trampoline court, too.
There are two basketball hoops for slam dunk and a battle beam will be introduced.
Do they do refreshments?
There is a drinks’ machine and a small cafe selling barista coffees.
Prices are £1.90 (regular) and £2.40 (large) for both lattes and cappuccinos, with hot chocolates priced at £2 and £2.50.
Cups of tea are £1.50 and £2 and milkshakes £2.
Muffins and cakes are £1.20.
Are there any other facilities?
Two party rooms are still in the process of being completed.
There are lockers to secure your belongings.
And the friendly staff run their reception desk next to the light, front door area.
Where are Boing Zone’s Trampoline Parks?
Trident Retail Park
Off Watery Lane Middleway
Mill Race Lane
Next to Silverblades / Electrium
Opening times are typically from 9am–9pm but are often flexible in the evenings.
Call before setting out.