Disclaimer: A friend of ours co-owns Bounce Inc and we joined him for an hour of bouncing before the doors officially opened one Sunday last month. He didn’t ask me to write about our experience (in fact, he probably doesn’t even know I have a blog) but like any good businessman, he no doubt understands the value of a good review.
It’s been over 25 years since I’ve had a good bounce. If you don’t count my kids reverberating off the walls of my uterus, that is. I used to be a fully sick trampoline “artist”. I may have even been able to do a double flip on a tramp, although this could be a distorted memory.
At Bounce Inc, located in an unassuming warehouse in Glen Iris, you can bounce until you are fully sick. It is a genius concept, one inspired by a similar place in San Francisco – essentially a huge warehouse covered with more than 100 trampolines. Small trampolines, medium-sized trampolines, long trampolines, all interconnected by cushioned mats so you don’t take an eye out jumping from tramp to tramp (which is a whole other story).
There are various trampoline “pockets”. There are two dodge ball pockets, a cubicle with 3 long trampolines leading to a huge (and deceptively deep) foam pit, a pocket for bouncing professionals (whatever the hell they are) and a huge free jumping area with a basketball hoop for slam dunking.
Even with nanna knees like mine, trampolining is fabulous exercise. After an hour of jumping I was rooted. They have Junior Jumper Hour for young kids from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday, but on weekends have a height restriction of at least 110 cms (if memory serves). And fair enough too. Inky would get a serious pummelling from older kids. Assuming she doesn’t sit on them first.
And don’t start me on the queues. At 9.50 there was a queue of kids outside the door that would rival Whiskey-a-go-go (without the whiskey of course, although Bounce Inc. has entertained a few celebs – not necessarily of the hard-living ilk, though). In fact, it’s a good idea to book ahead to get a spot (you can do it online).
So do yourself a favour and go check it out this school holidays. If you are bounce-shy, the young (hip and cool) staff do a decent coffee at the cafe, which also has a balcony overlooking the trampolines.
Hot tip. If you are anything like me, and well endowed in the bosom department, I’d strongly recommend wearing a sports bra. You just don’t want those puppies slapping you in the face. Trust me on this.
- How much does it cost? $16.50 per hour. Second hour is $10 but if you’re not thoroughly rooted after one hour then I don’t know what to do with you. Junior Jumper per hour is $10.
- Where is it? 2 Weir St, Glen Iris 3146
- Website? Bounce Inc.
- How kid-friendly is it? 10/10. It doesn’t get much better than this. Not great for very young kids outside of Junior Jumper hours – trying to keep them off the trampolines could sprout a few new grey hairs.