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 at locations in Canton/Westland, Sterling Heights, Novi and Troy – plus Grand Rapids.
At the Sterling Heights location, at 44855 Hayes Road, its 31,000 square feet offer 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.
With excitement for all ages, the “extreme” park in Troy (Troy Marketplace, 662 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy) packs wall-to-wall bouncy play structures into its 12,000-square-foot “center stage.”
And the Canton/Westland location – which is at 36901 Warren Road in Westland – checks in at 30,000 square feet and is similarly packed with trampolines, trampoline dodgeball and foam pits. The Novi spot, located at 44255 12 Mile Road, and Ann Arbor location at 800 W. Eisenhower Parkway, houses basketball and dodgeball courts as well as tons of trampoline space for free jumping.
And it’s all set to great jams. “Random acts of local music,” as founder 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 other tunes throughout the week. 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.”
Saturday and Sunday mornings kids under 6 and a parent can come to Junior Jam to jump before the space is open public (that’s $10 for one adult and one child). Fam Jam is 5-9 p.m. Thursdays, which gets a family of four in for an hour of jump for $32.
Other options include the Saturday A/T Encore, mixing up requested tunes and play. And A/T Revolution, offers Friday night fun with bouncing and and a DJ. Both run $17 for two hours of jumping 9-11 p.m.
Visitors can purchase food and drinks from the concession stand. There’s also space for private parties, corporate events and school fundraisers.
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 trained in CPR and first aid.
AirTime recommends reserving your “jump time” space in advance during specific sessions, like winter, when it’s a bit busier. Otherwise, all locations offer open jump all day.
Costs are about $12/hour Tuesdays-Thursdays and $8 per additional hour, and $14/hour on Fridays-Sundays and $10 per additional hour. Check ahead for the most up-to-date hours for each location (note that all four southeast Michigan locations are closed on Mondays); hours can vary by location.
For more information on Canton/Westland call 734-215-2400; Sterling Heights 586-247-8887; Novi 248-671-1700; and Troy 248-918-0909.
For even more indoor fun, check out these local indoor play centers for kids.
This post was originally published in 2012 and has been updated for 2016.