Being a family of 4 can be tricky at times when we are planning a family outing. Everyone enjoys something different and because my boys ages are so spaced out in age it’s hard to find an activity that will keep both of them happy. When I heard that a trampoline park was coming less than 10 minutes away from us I did a little happy dance. The kids could have fun at a new safe space and I don’t have to drive 45 minutes there and back. That is what I called a win/win. Altitude Chicago has everything you need for a family play zone right in the middle of the city.
Family fun in the heart of the city
Before I agree to attend any event or venue I always enter the address in my GPS and if it looks like it’s too far out of my comfort zone I politely decline. When Siri gave me the driving instructions to Altitude Chicago I was a happy camper it was only a 9 minute commute. It got even better once we arrived because the trampoline park had a parking lot! I was sold The kids didn’t couldn’t wait for me to fill out the waivers so they could get to playing.
I finally finished signing the waivers, the kids were given color wristbands and their socks and then they were off. I took their coats, shoes, and everything else and stuffed them into the lockers. Initially I didn’t plan on jumping I really just wanted the kids to play off some of their energy and I was going to take advantage of their comfy tables and chairs and free WiFi to get some work done. But the husband was having way too much fun for me to ignore. I put on my socks and jumped around while snapping a few pictures of the kids. I even jumped off one of the diving boards they have complete with a huge pool of foam blocks. My weave almost slipped and I just knew I was going to be stuck in that foam pit for an hour, but the staff laughed with me and helped me get out quickly while Dereon laughed with tears in his eyes. This surely was a no judgement zone.
I realized at that point that all of us got enjoyment from this trampoline park…including me! I just know my kids will be begging to go back every week and to be honest, I’ll be tempted too! However, this all adds up financially and I’ve decided that investing in a trampoline for the back garden from websites like https://www.outdoorplaystore.com/collections/trampolines-for-sale makes it possible to bring the fun to us, without paying a penny for entry. This is definitely something to look into if your kids are trampoline park fans.
Dereon zip-lined about 26 times, Ashton played dodge ball, and Dennis worked hard to get on the high wall by purely jumping. Chance has never been to a trampoline park so this was a real treat for him. He jumped in the little kids area and played basketball which was the cutest and then he made his way in the huge open space where we watched Dereon try to tackle the “Wipe Out” attraction. It looks just like the one on TV! To see grown men get knocked down off this thing was hilarious. When the staff called out the color of our wristbands to tell us it was time to go I was sad. I knew the kids were having wholesome fun and they didn’t want it to end however I knew this would only be the beginning of us visiting Altitude. Shockingly the kids didn’t complain to much about leaving, maybe because I promised a return in the near future (like in a few weeks).
Pricing and deals
I know you are like this sounds amazing Keyonda, but how much is this place? Good News! The price point is reasonable you could go on a random day and not feel like you need to go into your savings account. Single jumper rates for kids 7 years old and up starts at $17.95 for an hour, for each additional 30 minutes it’s an extra $5. The Altitude jumper socks are mandatory to jump and cost $2 a pair (we kept ours for our next visit). For the smaller tots aged 2-6 the cost is only $12.95 for 60 minutes. Kids under two are free with a paid adult. They also have themed sessions that have special pricing and certain perks like: Toddler Time, Teen Night, and Family Night with pizza included! As a mom of a Toddler and a Preteen a venue with options like this works like a charm for our family.
Plan your upcoming visit
When we took the boys I didn’t do too much research on what to expect or what to do once you arrive. But afterwards I did check the site out since I was so impressed with the place. I want you and your family to be prepared to have a great carefree time at Altitude so here are so tips and advice for planning your visit:
- Sign the waivers online – Everyone has to have a safety waiver signed to jump. Once you get inside of the venue you can see the play zone and if you have kids that are still working on their patience it’s best to have those forms filled out already for a quicker check in process.
- Buy your ticket online – You can make the check in process even faster by having your tickets already purchased. Your kids will thank you for this.
- Wear comfortable clothes – Jogging pants, leggings and comfy shirts would be ideal for this play date. You don’t want anything restricting because with all the running and jumping that’s going to happen the kids want to feel free.
- Take advantage of the themed nights and events – Toddler Yoga time, Family Night, and Frequent jumper passes all have perks like: food, more jumping time at a discounted price, and exclusive programming just for Altitude jumpers.
- There is healthy snack bar – If you rushed out the house and didn’t grab the kids anything to eat don’t worry there is a snack bar with juice boxes, coffee, water and other quick healthy food items for the family. After all that running and jumping the kids will be hungry!
Altitude is a safe and fun place with plenty of staff, clean bathrooms, well lit entry and exit ways. If I had to bring my kids alone without the hubby for a play date it’t wouldn’t be a hassle. I also feel safe with letting the kids play freely with me close by. You don’t have to drive out all the way to the burbs for a fun and safe environment for your little ones. Be prepared for a fun work out and lots of laughs! We are currently planning our next visit around Spring break and the kids can’t wait. Take my advice and bring your kiddos Thank me later!