Sometimes I envy my children for all the amazing things in their lives they take for granted but which just didn’t exist when I was a child.
On-demand kids’ TV, for example. Micro scooters. Enormous soft play centres. And, the latest to add to my list, trampoline parks.
Go Air Cardiff is Wales’s largest trampoline park, able to accommodate up to 150 jumpers.
We headed along to the centre in Llanishen this morning to try out their Go Air Tots preschool sessions (£5 a child) and both my boys’ eyes instantly lit up when they saw the bright yellow and black trampolines from wall to wall.
After putting on our trampolining socks with grips on the bottom (£2 a pair and yours to keep afterwards), filling in a waiver form and watching a safety video, we were ready for our hour of bouncing.
There are three tots sessions a day. 10am-11am and 2pm-3pm are free-bouncing sessions, with 11am-12pm a more semi-structured session, with activities involving balls, hoops and beanbags – and launching next week, the chance to work towards bronze, silver and gold certificates.
Our coach today was the lovely Stephanie. A mum of two, she competed for many years as a professional gymnast… and has recently started taking part in tournaments again.
She got the tone just right of helping the children where necessary and suggesting activities, but also letting them run around and bounce.
Toddler Boy I, now two and a quarter, was quite happy to do his own thing, whereas four-and-a-half year old Little Man O loved the chance to get his bronze certificate, throwing beans through a hoop and even running through a rolling hoop. He’s been doing pre-school gymnastics pretty much since he could walk and so was really pleased to demonstrate what he could already learn. Stephanie gave him some little tips to hone his technique, which he seemed to appreciate.
At £5 a session, it’s not cheap when you have more than one child. But an accompanying parent bounces for free and there’s a loyalty card where once you’ve bought eight bounces, your ninth is free. The same goes for hot drinks too.
I was pleased to see the Tots area was separated from the rest of the trampolines with a net. There were quite a few older children there due to inset days, and GoAir also offers school trips, team building trips for businesses, and general adult admission – so it’s good to know the children are safe in their enclosure.
It also means they can’t be tempted to run off into the foam pit and tumble tracks at the back, because it’s not visible for them.
The tots area is in easy view of the cafe and seating area (really family-friendly with children’s meals and plenty of high chairs). We went today with fellow South Wales mummy blogger Kerry of All About A Mini Norris, and as she has a three-year-old and an eight-month old, she was able to sit and feed the baby while still watching her elder child. It might not be so easy if your child is not as confident in going off on their own, but her daughter was in her element on the trampolines. Children do need to be able to walk to take part in the sessions, but it was manageable for Kerry. You’re definitely not allowed to bounce while pregnant though!
Due to insurance purposes, the after school sessions (£10 an hour – although until the end of term, this is currently half price, £5, until 6pm) are for those age six and above, which does make it difficult if you have children of differing ages. Little Miss E, my six-year-old daughter, was upset to miss out this morning, but I know her brothers would be equally disappointed if we went after school and they could see the trampolines but couldn’t bounce.
Both my boys had an amazing time though. It was great fun and the semi-structured format worked well.
I’m sure it won’t be long before we head back for another visit.
Go Air Cardiff is at Ty Glas Avenue, Llanishen, CF14 5DX.
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