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Family, Fun and Fitness Brought to you by The Wairhouse

Sarah Cutler

December 7, 2012


Black Friday brought more than 35,000 square feet of indoor trampoline entertainment to the Salt lake Valley with the opening of The Wairhouse Trampoline Park. The venue features two full-size dodge ball courts, four basketball lanes, an open jump court, a foam pit and a kid’s jump court with a claim to be the biggest kid’s court in the nation.

Chris Steele, president and “head bouncer” at the Wairhouse, said that after compiling research on trampoline parks, he found one of the biggest issues to be safety—specifically, having little kids jumping in the same court as the older kids. As a result, children seven and under have their own designated court with a “court monitor” (the equivalent of a life guard at a swimming pool) at the Wairhouse.

Steele’s research also showed how great an exercise rebounding (trampoline jumping) is. “Rebounding is a phenomenal exercise, regardless of your age. It’s a great way to lose weight. It’s excellent for your bones, your muscles, your tissues,” he said. “I liked the idea of providing something for families, especially in the wintertime, where kids can get some exercise.”

Starting in the first of the year, the Wairhouse will also have a “kids get fit” program on Saturday mornings. A fitness coach will sit down with the kids for 30 minutes to discuss nutrition or other fitness related topics, followed by an hour of jumping with a trainer.

“We want to be known as a place where it’s fun, family and fitness, all together,” said Kelly Steele, CFO (chief fun officer) at the Wairhouse. “We’re going to be also marketing to special-needs classes, like Autistic kids. We have several friends who have Autistic kids and so that’s been an important thing, because a lot of the time those kids don’t really want to exercise, so this gives them an opportunity to come and get exercise and not even think of it like that, just think of it as they’re just going to have fun. So it’s a win-win.”

Kelly also pointed out the Parent Power Plant: “We have a work station for parents, with Wi-Fi, places to charge a cell phone, [and] work on their laptops while their kids are jumping. It gives the parents an opportunity to do something they’ve gotta get done while the kids are having fun and getting some exercise.”

The Wairhouse is currently in the process of scheduling “Airobics” classes and dodge ball leagues. The classes make it a great fitness alternative for adults as well. Parents can go to the trampoline park, get an effective exercise routine in, and be home by noon.

The trampoline park also has a full café with healthy alternatives such as hummus and pretzel chips; Springer, the tree frog mascot that will go and jump on the trampolines; five private party rooms with different party package options and add-ons; and the opportunity for corporate retreats with a bounce.

Chris noted, “We want it to be a place for families to accomplish some fitness goals without going to a gym and being able to do it for fun. If we can provide an environment where mom and dad can actually engage in an activity with the kids and it is quality time, that’s what we want to do.”

The Wairhouse is located at 3653 South 500 W. in Salt Lake. For more information, visit www.thewairhousetrampolinepark.com.

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