With the end of school on the horizon, parents are starting to scratch their heads for family-fun activities.
These days, activities like mini-golf and laser tag are out. Indoor trampoline parks are in.
"There's a little bit for everybody," says Glenn O'Hara, owner of Altitude Trampoline Park at 150 Bridge St., Pelham, N.H., of his recreational facility. "If it's schools, if it's day-care facilities, we try to partner up and give them the best deal we can offer them to get them in here and get them exposed to our park."
The Altitude Trampoline Park Company was founded in 2012 and is currently the world's fastest-growing company of its kind. O'Hara says his park's convenient location near the state line draws in customers from Dracut, Lowell and Tyngsboro in Massachusetts, and Windham in New Hampshire. (The average drive time from those towns to Altitude is about 14 minutes).
With such attractions as wall-to-wall trampolines, a rock wall (the only rock wall in Pelham) and the ever-popular foam pit, Altitude Pelham hopes to provide families and children with a unique environment where everyone can have fun and stay active.
"Each attraction appeals to different demographics," O'Hara says. "For teens, there's the dodgeball area. For younger kids, we have our own toddlers' jumpers area. We also hold Friday Night Frenzies and Family Nights on Saturdays, which appeals to a broad spectrum of people."
O'Hara lives in Billerica, home to another Altitude Park at 700 Boston Road. He is good friends with the general manager of that location, Rebecca Keenan, who said the Billerica park has had groups come in from all over Massachusetts.
"Business is booming!" Keenan says. "The company as a whole is expanding quickly, and we are seeing more and more Altitude parks opening in the Northeast region as well as in other states and countries."
Like its sister location in Pelham, Altitude Billerica considers itself fortunate to provide a wide variety of entertainment to a wide variety of different people.
Keenan says her team does a terrific job organizing different specials and promotions aimed at toddlers, teens, families and those with special needs.
"The park may not be as busy with open jumpers as it would be during a rain or snowstorm," Keenan says. "But we will definitely still have a steady flow of customers. When the nicer weather hits and school lets out for the summer, we see a big shift in clientele from open jumpers to school groups and summer camps who are looking to book field trips."
If Billerica and Pelham seem a long way to go for a trampoline workout, Westboro is host to Sky Zone at 290 Turnpike Road, Route 9.
Sky Zone is a popular hangout for folks of all ages. It has everything from a Toddler Time on Friday and Saturday mornings to a Glow Party (complete with a live DJ) after hours every weekend.
General Manager Nigel Martinez says that while Sky Zone's main audience is mostly children, the park hopes to bring in a more mature scene once construction on new attractions is complete.
"We're a place you can go to stay active," Operations Manager Joe Barrett says. "You can have a trampoline in your backyard, but it's not the same as having a full court in which you can literally jump all around."
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