New Trampoline Park Bounce in Kowloon is the perfect place to have fun and jump around with the kids.
As the saying goes – the older you get, the quicker time flies… Although you can’t help but wonder if whoever came up with this particular nugget of wisdom, had ever encountered the horror that is the Hong Kong summer holiday season.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve been trying to do my best to cherish the unhurried days with my almost four year old son and we’ve been play-doughing, swimming and jumping in muddy puddles with the best of them… But my word, there is really something about the unrelenting heat and humidity, followed by the days of torrential rain, that makes the prospect of the next four to five weeks of school holidays feel never-ending. And, the idea of having to come up with yet another indoor activity to distract an already restless and cranky pre-schooler? Well, that’s enough to make the next couple of hours until dinnertime seem like it may well last F-O-R-E-V-E-R. So, imagine my delight on hearing that there was a huge, new trampoline park opening in Kowloon Bay this summer – in the shape of Bounce.
And, although it probably isn’t going to cure all your summer holiday woes, it is pretty fabulous! With 80 interconnected trampolines for free jumping and practising your parkour skills, along with basketball, dodgeball and performance areas for working on your aerial tricks. There really is the world of jumping to be had here. On top of all this, and definitely my son’s favourite area by far, is the ‘Big Bag’ a chance to launch yourself through the air (turning somersaults, if you dare). That’s all before landing on a huge inflatable bag (apparently a safer, and probably more hygienic, alternative to a foam pit). And of course, for the truly adventurous, you can try out your wall running skills, as well as take a turn on the monster 4 x 7 metre trampoline, the ‘Super Tramp’.
So basically, pretty much everything you could want to please an energetic pre-schooler right through to a cool teen then.
On top of lots of air-conditioned space, and a great variety of areas in which your kids can let off steam, Bounce has a fair few extra things going for it too:
- The staff during our visit were super-friendly and totally on the ball. They really looked out for my son – and spotted (well before me, or indeed him) that one of his old playground wounds had burst open during one of his more daring moves. They were quick to call in the lovely, trained first-aider and the plasters.
- Although, of course, only time will tell, and as with any physical activity there is a certain amount of risk involved – safety appears to be taken very seriously here. The one person per trampoline rule is firmly enforced, ensuring no-one is accidentally bounced upon and there are plenty of staff around to make sure everyone is keeping to the rules.
- Parents of ‘Junior Jumpers’ (so children under 110cm) will also be pleased to know that if they go to one of the JJ sessions (from 10am-4pm each day), there is a separate area for their little ones to jump safely. There’s also no need to worry about younger jumpers missing out – they will get rotated around the venue, so they can experience all the different sections, such as the dodgeball and basketball courts, and the Big Bag.
- Grip socks are mandatory (you can buy a pair for $20, and wear them on your next visit) and a height restriction of 125cm also applies for the more high-octane areas of the ‘Performance Trampoline’ and ‘The Wall’, meaning that everyone should come home with all their limbs intact. At first, I was worried that my young son would be highly disappointed that there were areas he couldn’t access, but after a moment’s sulk, he soon snapped out of it, as there was just so much else on offer.
- If you have bigger kids that can be trusted to jump alone, you can always slip away for a quick breather at the raised viewing area. It’s a great vantage point for whipping out your camera and taking a few action shots.
- There are free cube lockers available for you to stash your stuff, as well as paid lockable lockers, and there is a single shower cubicle in the toilets, if you have really bounced up a sweat.
- If you happen to be bringing a younger baby brother or sister along, there is the promise of a small play-area being set up in the viewing area, and there is a baby changing cubicle in the women’s and men’s toilets too.
- As of August, there will be Mini-bounce programme on offer, aimed at 3-5 year olds, who want to exercise and develop some safe bouncing skills. And, if you are looking for a new way to stay healthy and trim yourself, the Bounce Fit classes could very well be for you.
- Catered party packages are available, with include an hour of bouncing, along with 30 minutes to devour some food, in the large, colourful function room (which even features a highchair, for younger partygoers).
Not very much to complain about here – unless, of course, you don’t like jumping! Just be warned, if you were hoping to go with younger toddlers, you’ll find yourself disappointed, as the minimum age requirement is 3.
Also, depending where you are travelling from, this might not be the most convenient location if you are planning on taking public transport, as it is a good fifteen minute walk from Exit A of Kowloon Bay MTR station. That being said, you can catch the free shuttle bus from the station and there are plenty of other buses that stop nearby or you can always jump in a cab.
If you are hungry…
As a fantastic alternative to the normal junk food options, Bounce has a Tuckshop stocked by Classified. There are healthy salads and sandwiches on offer, as well as snack cups of fruit and yoghurt. And in addition to juices and soft drinks, there is also the chance for parents to get a much-needed caffeine fix.
Need to know before you go
- As no doubt this will be a popular venue, especially on a wet weekend, it is probably worth booking online before you go. Tickets cost $150 per person (irrespective of age).
- Bouncers need to be over 3 years old, and under 120kgs.
- Sessions start on the hour, and the park is open from 10.00 – 21.00 on Sunday to Thursday, and from 10.00 – 23.00 on Friday to Saturday.
- Comfy clothes are a must.
- As long as you are spending $300 or more, you can claim two hours free parking at EMAX.
- If you are travelling on public transport, you might want to have a look at KITEC’s website for some helpful tips, as well as details of the free shuttle bus from Kowloon Bay MTR.
- Thinking of making a day of it? Check out what’s showing at the comfortable and reasonably priced Metroplex cinema, in the same building.
So, if it is raining AGAIN and you simply can’t bear the idea of another afternoon scouring Pinterest for craft ideas or watching Frozen AGAIN, you might want to very well want to take a break from the old routine, get out your seats and … jump around! Jump up, jump up and get down!
Open from 10.00 – 21.00 on Sunday to Thursday, and from 10.00 – 23.00 on Friday to Saturday
Tickets cost $150 per person.