What you need to know before you head to Elevate Trampoline Park in Champaign
Pack up the kids and get ready for bouncy fun at Champaign-Urbana’s long awaited indoor trampoline park
What a welcome addition to our area. We had a great time visiting the Bloomington trampoline park. I was happy to see a similar park come to our area. Before you ask, you can’t use the Elevate socks at the Altitude park. Trust me, I already asked.
My youngest son and I went there as paint was still going up. It’s that new. Make sure to drive all the way toward the back of the development. I thought I was going to one entrance, and it was actually the Department of Human Services. The parking lot looked completely full, too. Although, the actual park was sparse.
It looks like most other trampoline parks—dark with lots of neon. When you first get there, you’ll need to fill out a waiver. I highly suggest doing this in advance—especially if you have kids pulling at your shirt. You can even get your tickets before you jump!
There are pay lockers that take tokens, and there are free cubbies.
We went to their toddler time. This special runs Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At this time, children 7 and younger can jump for 2 hours—for only $7! (Under 18 months—always free. Although, I wouldn’t suggest jumping much younger than that.) With each paying kid, one parent/guardian can jump for free! During this time, you don’t have to worry about a lot of big kids trampling your little tot.
You can also jump as a family on Monday nights from 5 to 8 p.m.—for only $7/hour/person. If you reflect their theme on Thursday nights, you can jump for $7/hour/person. Black out teen (12 and older) night Saturdays are from 8 to 11 p.m. A $20 cover buys a pass until close. Homeschoolers and youth groups also have special opportunities.
For all, anyone jumping must purchase Elevate grippy socks. These are $2/pair. Save those socks! Wash and remember where you store them!
Regular jump hours are:
Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
If you are younger than 8, the first hour is $9. The second hour is $4. If you are 8 or older, the first hour is $13, the second hour is $6.
Friday/Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you are younger than 8, the first hour is $11. The second hour is $5. If you are 8 or older, the first hour is $15, the second hour is $7.
Price includes grippy socks. If you bring your old ones back, you get a $1 discount on your jump! Editor’s note: Pricing and specials may change. For updated Elevate Pricing and Specials, click here.
There were so many neat jump areas. There are dodgeball courts, basketball hoops, America Ninja Warrior type obstacles, foam pits, endless trampoline areas with slopes to do tricks on, a zipline and these two white trampolines with scary red “X’s” on them. I asked a kid jumping what they were, and he said they were extra springy. I had to try them out and they ARE. They are super jumpy trampolines! I went flying.
The Kiddie Court (for five and younger) has stairs to a trampoline slide. The slide leads to a foam pit and a mini obstacle area.
See our Mom Review of an Elevate Birthday Party here.
When you buy your passes, you are lumped into hourly time slots by color wristbands. That’s how they keep track of when your time is up. (When your time is up, they call your color over the loudspeaker.) If you aren’t jumping, you are given a spectator wristband.
I’m sensitive to injury because if it’s going to happen—it’s going to happen to us! With that said, bend your knees to stop your jump. Land on both feet. Spread your knees when landing in the pit—feet first. Bounce in the center of the trampoline. Empty your pockets. Get the hang of it before you try to jump from one trampoline to the adjacent one. No rough play. Don’t try to impact another jumper’s jump. Don’t lie down on the courts. NO JUMPING prego!
No outside food or drink allowed (except for party desserts)! There’s a nice concession area with pizza and fried foods. It smelled so good.
Jumping on a trampoline is a great joy. If you want to feel like a kid, get exercise and wear out your kids—jump. This place will do it. Try out the toddler time first. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to try the facility out. Less crowds and less money. Oh, and wear stretchy pants. Oh, and it might make you pee. There I said it. In that respect, trampolines are not a mom’s friend.
Emily Harrington is a Chambana townie. She left her 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. job in communications so that she could be a 24/7 mom to two busy boys. Still interested in writing, Emily uses some of naptime to practice her passion and keep her mind right. Emily is a happy wife with a happy life because she fell for a fellow townie. Emily usually finds herself engulfed in balls, blue and belly laughs.