Oh, the Places we Go…Sky High Sports

18 Nov

Destination:  Sky High Sports

Family Friendly: Yes

Cost:  Spendy, $10.00 per hour, per person

Is it worth it: Yes

If you go: check website for directions, hours and any specials they may have

As Mother Nature goes into her annual PMS cycle in preparation for her looooooong Winter Period, we are already seeing signs of the unpredictably cold and rainy weather headed our way.  Many of you may go into hibernation mode, breaking out the sweat pants, blanket and cozying up with a good book.  You may be prepared to say goodbye to the sun and with it, physical activity.  And don’t get me wrong, I love lazy winter days just as much as the next Mom, but in our house, my hibernation mode lasts all of five minutes; and for good reason, or rather two very loud reasons.  Growing two young boys in the Pacific Northwest can be challenging.  Just because the sun goes away, doesn’t mean their energy level does.  On a rainy day in my house they usually have cabin fever by 10:00 am and are bouncing off the walls of my sanity.  Thankfully, I found a place where they can literally bounce off the walls. 

Seriously, it’s required.

Just a quick thirty minute drive South to Tigard, in the heart of Portland is a place where young and old alike can bounce off some energy.  Yes, I’m talking about Sky High Sports.  Our family visited the trampoline hot spot on a very blustery day last spring.  When we first arrived, we were greeted by the usual gymnasium smell, you know the one, a musty cocktail of old socks and sweat.  But the size and cleanliness of the space more than compensated for the scent.  After purchasing our wristbands, which are good for an hour of what Tigger would refer to as “Heaven,” we were off to the first of four sections. 

We chose the family trampolines, where most families with little ones could jump together, throw Nerf balls, and feel secure that the big kids weren’t going to flatten our babies.  Then, it was off to the “Pit;” a long trampoline leading to a seemingly bottomless pit of foam.  After a few dives into that, we headed towards the dreaded Dodge Ball Zone (dum dum dum).  The line was long and the faces on the “field” looked less like easy going tramp. hoppers and more like warriors from the epic movie Braveheart.  By the time Kaiden got out on the battle field, one quick ball to the face confirmed that Dodge Ball should be left to the nerds over twelve.

We never made it to the Free Jump station, it was basically the same as the Family Trampolines except less rules and more “Big Kids.”  All in all, the kids had a blast!  Nate found his inner “boy” and discovered how far he could launch himself off the slanted walls of the trampoline.  And me?  I remembered how much fun it can be to just kick off your shoes and go wild, even if it’s only for an hour.

So, if my words persuaded you at all and you’re planning on making Sky High Sports your next destination, here are a few tips: 

#1.  Wear gym clothes, after all, it’s kind of a gym. 

#2.  Wear socks.  Not only are they required to jump, but you get to bring your own sock smell to the mix.

#3.  Check their web site.  They have some weird hours and they sometimes have specials going on. 

And the most important tip!!!

#4.  Ladies, go pee BEFORE jumping.  This tip is crucial for any woman who has had any sort of offspring or is simply over the age of thirty.  Seriously girls, a full bladder to a trampoline is the alcohol to pregnancy, they simply DO NOT MIX.

So, if you’re looking for a place that really is fun for the whole family, try Sky High Sports.  You’ll thank me that night when your little ones are passed out in their beds and you can finally go into hibernation mode.    

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