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I recently had the opportunity to visit the Airheads trampoline arena – a relatively new entertainment venue in Orlando. With a million (and one) things to do in this popular tourist destination, I wanted to see how a wall-to-wall trampoline facility stacks up against the other options available in town. Disclosure: I was invited by Chrissy of Airheads and was provided with complimentary admission, gaming tokens and food and drinks for our boys in exchange for my opinion. I was not provided with monetary compensation in any way.
Airheads – An Overview
The Airheads trampoline arena in Orlando is facility located in the Sodo (south of Downtown) area of Orlando, Florida. The entertainment market in Orlando is tremendously competitive given we have one of the highest concentration of theme parks in the world. Locals and visitors alike enjoy doing things other than the theme parks, though, so a number of other options have opened up in the past five years or so.
Airheads primarily focuses on attracting a younger audience (kids) but they also allow adults to jump as well. They offer group packages for birthday parties and welcome walk-in’s, but they also run a number of other promotions including dodge ball nights, teen nights, fitness programs and various seasonal specials as well.
Airheads – First Impressions and What I Like
Walking in the front door of Airheads, the first thing you notice is the wide-open spaces. The arcade is located in the front of the facility, along with the prize counter and customer service desk. Airheads check-in is very efficient, once the requisite forms are all filled out. They had us jumping in less than 10 minutes. The trampolines line the back walls of the facility in a U-shaped layout. They have one area reserved for the younger jumpers (parents can accompany) with a larger trampoline area for older kids and adults.
I have to say I’ve become a bit of a trampoline connoisseur (not a snob) as of late. Trampolines are not only fun but (personal testimony) they are a GREAT workout as well. Five minutes of vigorous bouncing is the equivalent to running a mile! I know, right?
The trampolines were all in good condition and had padding lining the outside edges of each one to help prevent injury. The first time I visited Airheads, they required a padded helmet be worn during jumping. They’ve since removed that requirement which I appreciated because those things made me SWEAT!
Airheads offers a few basic meal options like pizza, french fries, wraps, salads and party platters. They’re not gourmet, but they get the job done in feeding parents and children during their visit. All of the food we received was delivered hot (or cold) and tasted fresh. You likely won’t go for the food but you shouldn’t be disappointed by it, either.
Airheads has a relatively small arcade in the Orlando location that we visited. For the most part, the arcade was clearly targeted toward younger visitors. You’ll find games like “Wack-a-mole” and other favorites perfect for your children aged 10 and under. If you’re looking for a hard-core gaming experience, I’d go elsewhere, though. Don’t forget about the reward tickets you can win, too. Redeem those tickets for prizes at the counter before you head home.
33 West Pineloch Ave.
Orlando, FL 32806 Phone: 407-505-JUMP
Any Downsides to Airheads?
I like to keep my reviews fair and honest, and no entertainment option in Orlando is perfect. What would I change about Airheads?
Price – Like many other options, it can get somewhat expensive if you’re bringing your family. “Unlimited Jumping” (general admission) is $16.95 per person if they don’t have any specials going on. You can also get a monthly membership for $59. A family of four could easily approach $100 to jump, eat and play for an afternoon or evening. There’s no minimum age to jump, but jumpers three and under must be accompanied by an adult while jumping.
It can get crowded – Airheads can also get rather busy at times. It’s a lot harder to jump (especially for younger kids) when you’re competing for space with dozens (or hundreds) of other jumpers. If you’re able, I recommend going during down times so you can have more of the place to yourself.