I got to be honest. There are times during some outings with the monkies that I feel it is the they who are having all the fun and I am just there to wait for them to be done with all the fun. Don't get me wrong - I'm happy when they're happy but it would be a bonus if an outing with them could be just as fun for me as it was for them. Those would be the most ideal, no?
Well, it turns out that trampoline jumping is one activity that will get everyone in the family jumping for joy, literally.
The newest trampoline park in Singapore, Katapult Trampoline Park is nestled in the tranquil surroundings of the family-centric Orto establishment in Yishun. Boasting over 8000 square feet of custom made interconnected trampolines housed in a eco-friendly nature inspired facility, it is one of the largest trampoline park here so when the kind people at Katapult offered to host Ayd's 9th birthday celebrations 2 weeks back, how could I say no?
Located just beside the Longkang Fishing facility, Katapult is housed in a huge warehouse-like building... which you will not be able to miss, given the many large and bold directional signs plastered all around.
The ticketing counter is located on the second level, and it also serves as a viewing gallery for parents who are afraid their bones may shatter from all the jumping.
minute jump on a trampoline is equivalent to a 30 minute run!
Jump time can be purchased in either 1 or 2 hour blocks of time. Socks are obviously required so do remember to bring them! Katapult actually sells pretty good quality grip socks at $2 per pair. Parents who do not wish to jump but want to accompany their kids in the trampoline area can do so by paying a companion fee of $3 (no socks required).
To prevent overcrowding on the trampolines, each hourly session is limited to a fixed number of participants. So I highly recommend buying your tickets online beforehand and to sign the waiver of indemnity form online as well to save time and hassle.
TIP: KidJump time is on every Tuesday to Friday, between 9am to 12pm where junior jumpers below 7 years old get the entire venue to themselves. One accompanying adult also jumps for free! Not valid during school and public holidays.
There is also a mini bar beside the ticketing counter where drinks and snacks are sold to replenish all that expended energy.
If you book a party package at Katapult though, all party guests will be able to skip the queue on the second level and check straight in on the first level.
And not a moment too soon, considering this was the sight that greeted all the kids upon arrival.
Notice the forced smiles all around when I
Yes, definitely a lot of pent-up energy for sure... considering there are SEVEN activities at Katapult for kids to go crazy over.
The Main Court of the park features over 30 interconnected trampolines that cover the floors and line the walls. The trampolines are connected with padding, which shield the trampolines' frames and springs.
Jump and bounce from trampoline to trampoline and repeat. Repetitive work has never been this much fun!
At one end of the Main Court lies the Slam Dunk area, where all the aspiring Michael-Jordans-to-be can attempt the perfect throw-down. Okay, so it could do with more practice but small guys can dream big too right?
If you wish to give all the jumping a break, head to the Slackline where it will test your sense of balance to the max!
Transverse between 2 anchored poles along a flat piece of nylon webbing, while maintaining one's balance. Not as easy as it sounds, but it sure occupied a fair bit of the kids' time - especially the girls.
But in terms of offering that adrenaline-rush moment, look no further than Free Fall.
Leap off from the platform at Level 2, and free fall right down into the massive air bag below! Now, this was one activity that the kids repeated again and again and again.
There are 2 different levels to jump from and suffice to say, even Ale was gung-ho to complete the jump!
If falling down vertically isn't exactly your idea of fun, then how about flying horizontally through the air via Bag Jump?
Launch yourself into the air via a trampoline and hurl onto an enormous air bag. There are two lanes to jump from and the kids ended up competing who could land the furthest on the air bag.
It looked so fun that I just had to give it a go too. And no, the air bag did NOT burst.
Oh, I have to a shout-out to all the marshals present at the various areas. They kept a keen eye on the happenings on the trampolines throughout and were quick to warn the kids of any possible dangers. Also, they took time to play with the kids too!
One of the most interesting areas in Katapult is the Wall Run which allows jumpers to run up walls with the use of the high-rebound professional trampolines!
But advanced or amateur, jumping is really hard work.
But with only an hour's worth of jump time, there was no time to take a break - not when there is still Dodgeball yet to be played!
"You mean we can throw the balls to hit each other and NOT get into trouble?”, asked a young guest innocently. And that to me, is perhaps the best description of Dodgeball.
Housed in a separate fenced-up area, jumpers can take part in an impromptu game of Dodgeball where two teams line up against each other surrounded by wall-to-wall trampolines. Throw coloured foam balls at the opposing team and if you hit an opponent with a ball, that person is out.
Simple enough, but immensely exciting and fun!
I guess the amount of (yucky) perspiration on all of the kids' heads bears testament to the amount of joy they derived from all the jumping then.
So it was no surprise that the kids were highly disappointed when their one-hour jump time came to an end and were ushered into the party room for Ayd's birthday celebration.
Luckily, there was the sight of tantalising food to distract them!
All party packages at Katapult includes an hour's use of one of the two party rooms. Catering of food is optional and there are a host of food options, ranging from finger food to proper lunch and dinner menus.
Katapult has partnered Long Jiang Chinos, a restaurant at Orto specializing in sumptuous modern Chinese cuisine, to provide the food spread and my word, what a feast it truly was.
Happy bellies most certainly equate to happy faces!
Katapult also offers an extremely unique 3D Trampoline Park birthday cake, thanks to MooMooBakers.
The 1.5kg chocolate-flavoured cake was such a hit with the kiddos that for once, there was no cake left for me to tapao home.
I have to say planning Ayd's party at Katapult was one of the easiest things I have ever had to arrange. Just a few questions over email and voilà! A super fun party was there for everyone, young and old, to enjoy. The set-up of the party room was nicely taken care of and we even had our own dedicated party host who was equally helpful. A fuss-free way to celebrate a boy turning nine if you ask me!
Speaking of outside, there is the option of Longkang Fishing in front of Katapult should the kids express no desire to head home after a session of jumping.
Overall, I was most impressed by the huge amount of jumping space in Katapult - especially important since parents would not want kids to keep knocking into each other! Also, I was surprised by how superb the interior ventilation was. It did not feel stuffy or get overly hot with lots of huge fans blasting cool air from all sides of the compound.
I loved that Katapult is appropriate even for younger kids (3 and up) and there are a range of jumping-related activities to suit different age groups. As for the kids themselves, it is safe to say all of them had a blast.. and cannot wait to hop back inside!
Thanks to Katapult Trampoline Park, I have a fantastic promotion AND giveaway to share with my readers!
Book a birthday package at Katapult and receive a FREE family pass (a 5-session multipass worth $89)! Just quote 'Cheekiemonkies' on booking to enjoy the promotion. Limited to the first 5 readers only.
Want to experience the thrill of jumping? I have FIVE pairs of passes to Katapult to give away! Each pass is valid for both non-peak and peak use.
To participate, simply complete the following steps:
1. LIKE Katapult Trampoline Park's Facebook Page HERE.
2. Leave a comment either in the comment section of this blog post OR on our Cheekiemonkies' Facebook corresponding post HERE, once you have done so.
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Katapult Trampoline Park
81 Lorong Chencharu
#01-11 ORTO, Singapore 769198
Opening Hours: Mon 12pm-9pm | Tue-Sun 9am-9pm | Sch Hols & PH 9am-9pm
KidJump (Exclusive for below 7 year old jumpers): KidJump time is on every Tuesday to Friday, between 9am to 12pm where junior jumpers below 7 years old get the entire venue to themselves. One accompanying adult jumps for free. Not valid during school and public holidays.
Tel: 6754 5188
Non-Peak (Mon-Thu & Fri till 5pm)
1 hour of jump time / add-on 1 hour: $15 / $13
2 hours of jump time: $28
Peak (Fri 5pm onwards & Sat - Sun & PH)
1 hour of jump time / add-on 1 hour: $19 / $16
2 hours of jump time: $35
Companion Fee (Allows access to trampoline arena but no jump time): $3
Katapult Party Package
PARTY PACKAGE FOR 15 JUMPERS
2 hours party duration comprising of:
- 60 minutes jump time (before food)
- 60 minutes exclusive use of party room after jump time
- Katapult grip socks for all invited jumpers
- E-invites invites for all guests
- Dedicated party host to guide your party
- Party room decoration
- Katapult cooling towel for all invited jumpers
- Complimentary balloons for all invited jumpers
- Complimentary premium Katapult dri fit tee for the Birthday Jumper
- One FREE jump pass for the Birthday Jumper next visit
Non-Peak (Mondays-Thursdays & Fridays till 5pm)
$450 for 15 jumpers | Additional Jumper at $30 per person
Peak (Fridays from 5pm onwards & Saturdays-Sundays & Public Holidays)
$525 for 15 jumpers | Additional Jumper at $35 per person
For more details, and for other add-ons, visit katapult.com.sg/events/parties/.