Cara Anthony tries out Skyhoops at Sky Zone
Look out Monkey Joe’s, there’s a new bounce house in town. Sky Zone — the extreme trampoline park franchise — will open in Fairview Heights on Saturday.
Owner Bron Launsby has invested about $3 million into the former Hobby Lobby location at 10850 Lincoln Trail.
Want to go? The park will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on opening day. Prices start at about $16 for 60 minutes and $20 for 90 minutes. Laser tag is $8.50 a game.
Check out this list of seven things to know before you go:
▪ Don’t worry about your shoes — or socks. No, you can’t jump barefoot. The trampoline park requires customers to purchase “SkySocks.” The orange footies have rubber grips on the bottom to keep everyone safe while jumping. SkySocks cost $2 per pair. Don’t toss the socks when you’re done, save them. Sky Zone allows customers to reuse the socks, which will save you money on your next visit.
▪ This is the first Sky Zone in the country with room for laser tag. If trampolines aren’t your thing, go for a game of laser tag instead. The two-level course takes laser tag to the next level with sound effects, technical lighting and more. There’s plenty of room to run around, too. This battlefield is more than 5,000 square feet of space.
▪ Everyone can jump, including children younger than 5. Worried about your small kid getting trampled by an older child? That won’t happen if you visit the park during “toddler time.” In the coming days, Sky Zone Fairview Heights will set aside time for children younger than 5.
▪ Check out the party rooms. With four party rooms at its Fairview Heights location, Sky Zone could become a popular destination for birthday parties and corporate events. The company will also offer a military discount for service members who want to party with trampolines.
▪ Have a snack while you’re there. Check out the Fuel Zone if you want to eat between jumps. The snack bar will offer a variety of healthy snacks. If you’re not counting calories, go for the pizza.
▪ You won’t get bored with 13 attractions inside. From trampoline basketball and jousting to a warrior challenge and dodgeball, the park offers a wide range activities for children and adults. Have fun with freestyle jumping or break a sweat while scaling up the rock wall.
▪ If you’re serious about jumping, participate in tournament play. Compete to win $50,000 by signing up for the Sky Zone Fairview Heights regional qualifier tournament for dodgeball. The tournament is set for 5 p.m. June 4. Sign up at skyzone.com/UDC.