AirTime Trampoline & Game Park in Southeast Michigan
This indoor play spot has 'jump time' that lets kids bounce off the walls – literally! Now, it has locations in Troy and Sterling Heights.
Wanna get airborne? Southeast Michigan kids can jump around – to their hearts' content – at the state's first indoor trampoline park: AirTime Trampoline & Game Park, or the "A/T," as it's nicknamed, now open for fun in Troy, Michigan – and at the newest location in Sterling Heights.
The Sterling Heights location's 31,000 square feet offers tons of space to jump and basketball dunk – plus try the Olympic-grade foam mosh pit, a designated children's spot and two trampoline dodge ball areas. There's also a centralized music station for hosting local DJs and occasional live bands. All ages are welcome.
With excitement for all ages, the "extreme" park in Troy packs wall-to-wall bouncy play structures into its 12,000 square foot "center stage." Trampoline courts are divided by age group to ensure a safe and fun time for all. For instance, "Tweeter" is designed for ages 3-7. Tweens ages 8-13 will dig "High Fidelity" and, for the 14-plus crowd, there's "Distortion." All courts open to all ages at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.
Get some basketball airtime at Jam Session, too – or squeeze in some "Old School Dodgeball" in a gym-style setting.
And it's all set to great jams. "Random acts of local music," as co-owner Pam Wannemacher puts it – the concept is "engineered for fun and powered by music," as A/T's website says.
Listen for area DJs and bands on Friday and Saturday nights, and school choirs or bands on weekdays. Hometown acts are also welcome to submit their music for AirTime's regular playlist. No wonder they call it "live and on the air."
"When looking for the home of our first location, we evaluated cities all over the country," Wannemacher says. "In the end, we knew that the Detroit area was the perfect location for our music-based trampoline park. As a proud supporter of local music, we strive to highlight the music talent that is in the metro Detroit area."
Watch for a variety of family and teen nights, too. Options include the A/T Encore, mixing up tunes and play for ages 16-plus (includes two slices of pizza and a bottle of water). And A/T Revolution, for ages 13-plus, offers 9-11 p.m. Friday night fun with bouncing, music and food. Mom-and-me groups are a possibility too, Wannemacher says.
There's also space for private parties, corporate events and school fundraisers (housing up to about 120 people).
Of course, there's some risk involved with all this bouncing, and AirTime has a variety of house and court rules to keep players safe. To prevent slipping, kids can play barefoot or with AirTime grip socks, which you can buy at the park. Courts also are monitored by staff who are trained in CPR and first aid.
AirTime strongly recommends reserving your "jump time" space in advance; weekends typically sell out a good two to three days in advance.
Note: Some reporting on this article was done in November 2012. Updates on the new Sterling Heights location were made in August 2014.