Shreveport’s Latest and Greatest Activity
I did not know if my expectations had been exceeded or confounded when I walked into Air U, the space formerly occupied by the indoor soccer arena.
Yes, there were trampolines everywhere, but they seemed a little close together to make for an enjoyable experience? It seemed this outing with my other twenty-something-year-old friends may have been a little poorly thought out… There were children filling the building at a level that had to be approaching maximum capacity. In fact, it looked as if we were not even going to be let into the jump zone since the place was so busy. But my friend Blair used her charm to secure for us the last nine wrist bands and one hour to jump, frolic, and as much dodge ball as we pleased for one hour.
Four of us girls immediately headed to an open trampoline in the corner. We giggled hysterically and double-bounced each other for a couple minutes until one of the polite, high school student workers—wearing an orange vest and a whistle—came over and informed us that the rules were “one person per trampoline.” So we stood back and noticed that the trampolines, though seemingly congested with small children, had a reasonable rate of jumper-rotation, and soon we were all jumping side-by-side on our own trampolines.
I learned I could still do a front flip, and that I wanted to do them. A lot of them…
Next, we went to investigate the dodge ball situation and found the guys in our group—professionals in the community—laughing and panting and jumping wildly around the netted court (also a trampoline), and pegging middle school children with little rubber balls. So we joined in the fun. The hour went by a lot quicker than I thought it would, but I definitely got a good night’s rest after this workout.
There was also a pit of large foam cubes to jump into, there were Icees to drink, and there were T-shirts to buy. And we only paid $12 a piece for one hour of unlimited jumping. They also offer group rates for parties. It looks like they are working toward having a larger concession stand and more variety in the future, and the people working there are very friendly. I hope it stays that way.
I highly recommend it for people with kids or for anyone trying to re-capture some youthful glee. Air U makes me remember how much I loved my backyard trampoline when I was a kid!