- By Devin Crum -
The new Airbound Trampoline Center held its grand opening celebration last Saturday, Oct. 28, inside the building at Freestate Sports Arena in White Marsh.
If you haven’t heard, Airbound is the newest high-flying, high-energy, jumping good time in the area, complete with foam pits, slam dunks and even an Ultimate Ninja Warrior course.
Just about any way you can imagine jumping on - or off of - a trampoline is available at Airbound. Try out new tricks while launching yourself into the foam pit; challenge your opponents’ speed and agility, as well as your own, with a game of jumping dodgeball; channel your inner NBA Jams with Slam Dunk Basketball; test your ninja skills on the Ultimate Ninja Warrior course; or just enjoy some good, old-fashioned bouncing on the level and slanted trampolines.
Of course, Airbound is for adults and children alike, so parents are welcome to enjoy the fun with their kids. And while Saturdays may be the most popular day to go, you will want to check out all of their special programming during the week as well.
According to Airbound’s manager, Adam, Mondays are Family Nights and Air Fit fitness classes are held Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings. On Wednesdays and Saturdays they hold Little One Leap for toddlers, and Thursdays are Parents’ Night Out when parents can drop off the kids to jump for two hours. That package includes a meal from Freestate’s Sports Café.
They also have Middle School Madness on Fridays from 7 - 9 p.m., followed by High School Hop from 9 - 11 p.m., along with DJ glow nights on Saturdays from 8 - 11 p.m.
Freestate Director Eric Erhardt anticipates lots of parties on the weekends. “That’s going to be heavy party time,” he said.
And while walk-ins are welcome anytime, Airbound does have a capacity of 75 people at any given time. So you may have to wait until space opens up if you have not reserved your spot in advance.
The good news, though, is that you can book time slots before you go by calling or simply booking online at www.airboundtrampolinecenter.com, and pricing is based on time blocks of 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes.
“Say you want to secure a jump time for 12 o’clock,” Erhardt said. “You go online, you buy a ticket and you can jump at 12 o’clock.” He added that online bookings will already be in the system when the guest(s) arrive.
“It’s a fun, fitness atmosphere, there’s music, there’s lights, it’s colorful, it’s filled with energy and it’s good for all ages,” Adam said.
And if you get tired of jumping or just need a break, check out the Autosport Simulator Speedway just a few feet away. This complete racing experience features a full motion simulator with real feel tactile feedback to deliver the feeling of being in an actual racecar from the safety of a video game chair.
Up to five racers can all race together on the same course to challenge each other for the trophy.
Erhardt said one of the great things about Freestate Sports Arena overall is that there are a lot of different things for people to do there. And just because you go for one thing does not mean you are tied to just that one thing.
“So if someone comes in for one of our [sports] leagues and they want to go over [to Airbound] without setting a time, they can just go over there and jump,” he said. “They can go race in the simulators, they can come and rent one of our fields, we have roller hockey leagues, soccer leagues - a lot of different things for people to do here.”
Guests can also book private parties for any aspect of the facility, from Airbound to the raceway, to soccer or basketball parties, you name it. This also includes laser tag and bounce house parties, as well as bubble ball.
During bubble ball, players wear big bubble suits and play soccer, but they can run into and bounce off of each other to add to the fun. The suits are similar to large sumo wrestling suits sometimes seen at carnivals or other events, according to Erhardt.
“It’s kind of like that except you’re in a bubble,” he said, adding that it has also been popular for adult parties.
Freestate is also available for team building activities, corporate events or even school field trips in addition to parties for birthdays or other occasions.
Airbound Trampoline Center and Freestate Sports Arena are located at 5811 Allender Road in White Marsh. See their ad on page 2 of this issue for more information, and contact them at 410-335-6400 or visit www.freestatesports.com.