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Jump around and DefyGravity
Charlotte’s new trampoline park offers fun for entire family
 
Published Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:00 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

 

PHOTO/PAUL WILLIAMS III
Test your balance on the tight rope, climb Jacob's Ladder, dunk on a 16-foot basketball goal or play a game of trampoline dodgeball in the cage. There's so much to do at DefyGravity, a new trampoline park that just opened in the University area.

Whether it’s diving into an expansive Olympic Foam Pit, dunking on a 16-foot basketball hoop or playing dodge ball in one of the largest trampoline cages in America, Charlotte’s new trampoline park is a great way to let off steam, while burning a few calories and having some fun in the process.

DefyGravity, a chain of privately owned trampoline parks with locations in Raleigh and Durham, opened a new facility this month in Charlotte.

The 26,000-foot facility located off Highway 49 near UNC Charlotte is part entertainment venue and part sports gym. Jumpers can participate in trampoline dodge ball or volleyball tournaments, balance on the tightrope or just bounce around on the open jump field of 50 wall-to-wall trampolines, including the world-famous angled wall trampolines and a series of launching decks of different heights.

Fans of the popular show “American Ninja” will be happy to know that a ninja obstacle course is on its way soon, and General Manager Delinda Hernandez said there is more to come.

“We always plan on keeping it edgy and different,” she said. “We want to change things up. If you stay the same, you are taking a step backward. Things are always changing, and we want to stay on top of that.”

Hernandez said a trip to the trampoline park is great experience for the entire family, from toddlers to grandparents, to enjoy.

“This is not something that people outgrow,” she said. “Everybody loves to jump on a trampoline.”

Hernandez adds that grandparents who may be less inclined to actually jump still enjoy spending time with the family. Plus, all the photos they can take make for wonderful additions to their brag books.

Tickets are sold in time intervals from 30 minutes of jump time for $9 to two hours for $21.

Parents can stop by weekday mornings for KidJump. Monday through Friday 9-10 a.m., the park is reserved for children 6 and under and their parents. Kids can jump until 11 a.m. for $10, and one accompanying adult can jump for free.

On Friday and Saturday nights from 9-11 p.m., DefyGravity offers its spin on nightlife with Club Gravity. The lights are turned down, music is turned up, the strobe light is on and there’s likely a game of glow-in-the-dark dodge ball going on in the cage.

Other themed nights include Special Needs Night, held the first Tuesday of the month 5-7 p.m. Jumpers with special needs and each of their family members can jump for $6 an hour.  Family Night is on Mondays from 7-9 p.m. The entire family (mom, dad and all their children) can jump for $40 an hour. On Thursdays, college students receive a $2 discount.

Hernandez said jumping around at DefyGravity is not only fun, it’s healthy.

“We are located close to the university,” she said. “Those students need entertainment that is healthy and will keep them fit. Fitness is huge for us. We want our kids to stay fit, and this is just a fun way to do it.”

In August, DefyGravity will begin offering GravityFit. This high-intensity trampoline workout designed for all fitness levels and can burn about 1,000 calories per hour.

DefyGravity is also available as a rental venue with private rooms and packages for birthday parties and other special occasions. Visit www.defygravity.com for more information.

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