The holidays are over, the days are short and cold and it seems as if your kids are bouncing off the walls.
Now you can take them to a spot in Modesto where they can do just that. Rockin’ Jump, a trampoline park, opened Friday in the former site of Valley Sporting Goods in McHenry Village, 1700 McHenry Ave.
Trampoline parks have been increasingly popular over the years, and they’ve come a long way since my brother and I used to play on the trampolines at the old Putt Putt miniature golf course. Rockin’ Jump started in the Bay Area in 2010 and since has expanded into four other locations, with more set to open soon – including one in Thailand.
Rockin’ Jump houses a series of trampolines of varoius sizes; children – and brave adults – can jump from one to the next. At each end of one side are trampolines set at a 45-degree angle up the walls.
“We have one employee who is a gymnast and she did some pretty incredible things out there,” said Gary DiGrazia, who co-owns the local franchise with Ken Easley and H.J. Conyers.
On the other side, there’s a dodge ball court. And there’s a jousting pit and basketball dunking “court.” as well. There’s also a stunt pillow, which fills in for the traditional foam pit.
“You can do everything on the pillow you can do in a foam pit, but it’s a lot easier to clean,” DiGrazia said.
Cleanliness was a major topic as he showed me around the park last week. Each trampoline is cleaned and sanitized daily, and the foam cubes in the jousting pit are removed and sanitized on a weekly basis.
“We really believe in clean and safe fun,” DiGrazia said.
Jumpers must wear special socks sold for $2 at the front counter. Equipped with skid-proof soles, the bright green socks accomplish two things: They keep the jumpers from sliding around and they keep the trampolines clean.
First-time customers – or, for minors, their guardians – have to sign a waiver and watch a safety video before taking to the trampolines. Everything from the poles to the springs is covered in padding. Employees monitor the trampolines and ensure the rules are followed. One area is set aside for smaller children so they’re not jumping with bigger kids.
“We try to mitigate injury as much as possible,” DiGrazia said.
Jumping costs $10 for the first hour and $6 for the second. There is no age limit; as long as a child can walk on his or her own, he or she can jump. The park will host birthday parties and other events.
DiGrazia said the park was developed with parents as well as children in mind.
“In a lot of places, the kids have a great time but the parents sit around and are bored,” he said.
A lounge area with televisions and free WiFi allows parents to relax or work while their children play. One of the TVs is used as a monitor for the trampolines, so parents can keep an eye on their children from the lounge.
One of the perks isn’t in the marketing materials, though they do point out that trampoline jumping is a great workout. They don’t say that it’s pretty taxing.
“Bring your kids here for an hour,” Easley said, “and you get the rest of the day off.”
Contact Rockin’ Jump at (209) 391-0270 or http://mod.rockinjump.com.
ELSEWHERE AROUND THE BUSINESS BEAT – Modesto-based Boyett Petroleum has expanded its reach, buying fuel distribution contracts for 90 Valero and 76 stations, most of them in Southern California.
“Prior to completion of this transaction Boyett Petroleum was the largest Valero branded distributor on the West Coast; this transaction will add an additional 51 sites,” the company said in a news release. The remainder are 76 stations. The purchase closed Dec. 18.
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