Flip Out Birmingham Review
A couple of weeks ago, I was treated* to some free tickets for a trampoline park in Birmingham called Flip Out. Now if you read my blog you’ll know I love getting free tickets to different places and events, just like in this post. It’s such a fun way to try out new thing and places!
The park I attended was in Sandwell. There are various other venues across the country, you can find one near you by looking here. I used to love trampolining whilst growing up, and have fond memories of doing it at school in PE lessons. I also went to a trampolining club when I was around 16 and even did a judging qualification for it! However, this was short-lived, and once I discovered boys, trampolining wasn’t a priority anymore haha! However, over the past few years I’ve noticed various trampolining parks appear quite locally and have thought what a great idea. I’ve taken my niece to one previously that she lives quite close to. She had a really fun time.
So when Flip Out got in touch to see if I wanted to go, I literally jumped at the chance! (haha, did you like what I did there?!). So anyways, let’s get on to the Flip Out Birmingham review…
When You First Arrive
So when you first arrive, you are greeted by the lovely team, ready to give you your pass to trampoline. At the time you also have to sign a waiver. This can take a little bit of time so some people choose to do it online through their website before they go. I assume that if you’ve done it once it will stay on their records so you won’t need to re-complete it. You obviously then make your purchase (£10/hour for a standard ‘jump’), or if you have booked online beforehand, provide them with your info. Then, you are given your specific Flip Out grip socks and these have to be worn for safety. You are then able to go and watch the safety video.
This was how the reception area was presented. As you can see, it had a Halloween theme as we went the weekend before Halloween. I assume that this decor changes quite regularly, depending on the time of year.
The safety video outlined the rules one by one. I must say, as safety videos go, I quite enjoyed this one! It was quite tongue in cheek, but outlined a lot of important information for a safe bounce. You have to watch the safety video before you are allowed to start jumping.
Time to Bounce!
So I wanted to capture a few photos of the park without people jumping, just so I could share what the place is like. It’s quite a decent size so plenty of people are generally able to bounce at the same time. As you can see, decor-wise it has quite an ‘animated’ and ‘comic book’ vibe, filled with plenty of black and green. Here are some pictures I took:
I took these photos of where the older children are able to bounce. There are also areas for younger children to bounce in too, with smaller trampolines and suitable toys to use.
Having Plenty of Fun!
So I visited the park with a friend and his 6-year old daughter. Rather than bounce myself, I decided I would focus on taking photographs instead. So I followed the pair around, capturing their fun! I must say, I think my friend had the most fun! He’s definitely a big kid, and his daughter really enjoyed being able to bounce with her dad. Here are some pictures I captured, and yes they are totally blurry, but it clearly captures the bouncy time that they were having!
You can find out about various classes that Flip Out offers here. This includes fitness classes for adults, classes for young children and also classes for those with ASD and different disabilities.
Within the park there were various other facilities as well as the bouncing area. This included an arcade games area, a cafe and obviously toilet and baby changing facilities.
I treated myself to a cheeky hot chocolate and biscuit in between taking photos of the guys having fun. I was allowed to take it to the seating area within the park so long as I had a cardboard cup. Then, I was able to keep an eye on what they were up to. I thought this was a great idea, especially for parents who wanted a drink but also wanted to keep an eye on their children at the same time. The seating area was a little set back from the actual trampolines to avoid accidents, but close enough to see what was going on.
It was clear that safety is very important at Flip Out, with the rules being prominently displayed all over the park. I think this is vital as things could easily go wrong if they are not followed carefully. They obviously tie in with the safety video that had to be watched before entering the park.
There were also various members of staff located throughout the park to keep an eye on everything, and making sure that everyone was safe.
I noticed that Flip Out also offered party packages, and it made me think that it would be a great place to have a party. In actual fact, it looked as though a party was happening on the same day that I attended. They seem to be really good deals, considering it is £10/a child for an hours bounce. It sounds as though Flip Out could take a lot of the stress away of party planning which totally works for me!
You can find out more about their parties here.
I’m sure that you can tell, we really enjoyed out trip to this trampoline park. Whilst it is our local ‘Flip Out’, it is around 40 minutes away from where we live so is a little out-of-the-way for us. However, I wouldn’t hesitate in going again next time I am nearby. I think £10 is a reasonable price for an hour for over 5s, with it being £5 for under 5s. Yes not cheap if you have rather a large family, but it is definitely a good way for children (and adults alike!) to use up some energy, get fit, and have fun at the same time!
So what do you think to Flip Out? Have you attended a trampoline park near you? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
*I was given complimentary tickets to attend the park in exchange for a blog post review. However, all opinions are my own, and I would never share something with you that I didn’t love myself!