As parents, we know that there a few boxes that need to be checked before a place can qualify as one of the best indoor playgrounds in Singapore. First up, it must tire out the most energetic of kids, there also better be some coffee and it should be a place you can keep cool in the heat. Also great if it can triple up as a great rainy day activity or when the haze hits Singapore. Speaking of which, have you checked our list of 100 indoor activities in Singapore for kids?
But what if you could also hop in on the action? At one of the awesome trampoline parks around Singapore, you can bounce along with your kids, have fun and break a serious sweat (bye bye, boot camp!). We’ve personally leapt on trampoline parks island-wide (or at least our junior reporters have) and can give you the real deal on where, when and how to get your family jumping for joy. By the way, once you’ve caught the trampoline bug and want 24/7 access to it, why not buy a trampoline of your very own? Right, let’s spring to it then…
Essential tips for first-time jumpers:
- Trampoline parks all have a series of interconnected trampolines, so your little guys can bounce from one side of the place to the other. Kids get good speed and height going, so collisions are par for the course especially if more than one bouncer hits a trampoline at once. Luckily all trampoline parks allow adult supervision to avoid accidents before they happen!
- No grip socks, no bouncing. You can buy a pair of socks on site for around $2-$3.
- It’s best to book in advance to avoid epic disappointment on arrival. These joints book out fast.
- Sign the compulsory waiver online to maximise jumping time and avoid a bottleneck.
- All locations are bounce-riffic party venues, guaranteed to put a smile on any birthday boy or girl.
- According to NASA, a one hour jump is the equivalent of a sweat-inducing three-hour run, so ample water is essential – and maybe a change of clothes.
- What do all trampoline parks have in common? The feel-good tunes cranking from the sound system! Let the good times roll…
Katapult Trampoline Park
Nestled in the picturesque and lush family-centric leisure park Orto, the space is well ventilated with massive fans blowing cool air on sweaty little bodies. It’s recommended that young ones under four years have hands on supervision at all times, but if you have older jumpers you can make the most of the glassed-in viewing platform on the second level. Special mention goes to the popular three-metre free-fall from level two all the way down to the over-sized air bag below (only for jumpers aged 18 and up, sorry kids!). Katapult is also the only trampoline park in Singapore with an Olympic trampoline for wall runs – yes, you can rebound and run vertically up the wall! Need more convincing? Slacklining and dodgeball games are also on offer.
We love that the folks at Katapult are in partnership with social enterprise, Ground-up Initiative, which encourages us all to become a 5G society (Gracious, Green, Giving, Grounded and Grateful). Proceeds from locker rentals are donated to this worthy cause. Psst: Before you duck off, why not stay for a spot of Longkang fishing in the purpose-built pond right out front?
Where: Katapult Trampoline Park, 81 Lorong Chencharu, #01-11 ORTO, Singapore 769198.
Opening hours: Mon 12-9pm, Tue-Fri & school holidays 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun and public holidays 9am-9pm.
Cost: $10-$19 for a 1-hour jump non-peak/peak.
Amped Trampoline Park
As super busy parents it makes a massive difference to our lives if we don’t have to schlep for miles to get to the nearest indoor play space. Amped wins hands down as it has two uber-convenient locations to service the central and west-side families. It was also the first on the trampoline park scene. Jumpers of all ages are welcome, although kids aged three and under must have one parent accompanying them. Amped even has special slots set aside for 12 and under. Both locations have plenty of space for kids to go wild with 35 interconnected trampolines, where kids will have a blast catapulting themselves into giant foam pits, forging through the ninja warrior course and slam dunking Michael Jordan-style into the basketball nets!
Where: River Valley: 46 Kim Yam Road, The Herencia, #02-11, Singapore 239351; Jurong East: 200 Jurong East Ave 1, #02-23, Singapore 609789.
Open: Mon 10am-7pm, Tue-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm and Sun 9am-9pm
Cost: $12-$18 per hour
If the kids are getting restless on a shopping trip, pop by Cathay Cineleisure L9 into Bounce Singapore. Straight from Melbourne, Australia in 2012, BOUNCE has over 100 interconnecting trampolines and a variety of trampolines zones, including the X-Park challenge course, a five-metre “Leap of Faith” and wall run. This is the place for kids aged three and up to bounce off the walls all they want. Mini gymnasts will definitely love the ‘performance’ trampoline areas for somersaulting and all manner of aerial tricks. Bounce to the beat on Friday Super Sessions from 8-11pm or catch the disco fever on Saturday Night Jams from 8-11pm. Little bouncers aged three to five years old can also sign up for BOUNCE Kinder Gym – a multi-sensory trampolining and gym class made just for littlies. Dedicated bouncers can even sign up for one-on-one lessons to perfect their trampolining skills.
Where: BOUNCE Singapore, Cathay Cineleisure #09-01, 8 Grange Road, Singapore 239695
Open: Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri 10am-11pm, Sat 9am-11pm, Sun 9am-10pm
Cost: $17- $25 for 1st hour, $12-$20 for each additional hour
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