All Amped Up in Bangkok
Bangkok is a city full of fun endeavours to undertake, but with small children, finding pint-sized adventures, equally enthralling for all ages, can often seem like a chore. Amped Trampoline Park, however, is a sure-fire way to tire out small kids, teens, tweens and adults alike, in one place. Just go ready to bounce!
You may not actually be defying gravity, but it certainly feels like it for a succession of brief moments, when you spring effortlessly high into the air and land gently in a pit of foam cubes, provided you tuck in all your limbs correctly!
Amped Trampoline Park is a high-energy source of entertainment for kids of all ages – yes, even adults! It certainly brings out your under-used inner child to play and burns some additional calories, which is a bonus any day of the week. They say you can burn up to 1000 calories an hour, if you’re non-stop at it, and it can definitely be a good sweat-inducing cardio workout!
As for kids, it is a fantastic way to exhaust even the most hyperactive of tear-aways! This ‘soft’, yet amped up experience Is a great way to make exercise fun for children and help them build up confidence and fearlessness, facing obstacles, in my humble opinion. Kids under 4 years old must be accompanied by an adult on the trampolines, but there is expert supervision, to help ensure no-one gets hurt.
How it works at Amped on Sukhumvit soi 69, Bangkok, is, you show up 15 minutes before the hour, starting from 10am to 9pm on weekdays at THB230/hour, and from 9am to 9pm on Saturdays and Sundays at THB290/hour. There are various packages available, and the longer you jump, the cheaper the hour becomes. At present, you get an unlimited wrist for the day at THB399 on weekdays and THB499 on weekends.
For all other info and prices and packages, it’s best to check their website for the current promotions and offers. Always relevant is the fact that you have to wear grip socks, and if you don’t already have your own, then you can buy a pair for an additional THB80. Once you’ve signed the mandatory waiver (also available online), to essentially ensure if you do something stupid it’s your own fault, then as soon as the clock strikes the hour, you’re free to bounce!
Venture onto the 52 different strength, interconnected trampolines, test your balance on the slackline, attempt the climbing wall, projectile yourself to a slamdunk with a basketball, scale the slide to plunge head first into a foam pit and try your hand at a bouncier version of dodgeball than you’re probably used to! One of my favourites is the runway tramp that allows you to practice somersaults and backflips, or face-plants, into another welcoming pit of foam blocks.
I went along with friends and a boisterous, easily-distracted three-year-old (not mine!), Dante. He was thoroughly amused and had an absolute blast, trying everything out for the first time. He was a trooper, giving it his all (featured in the video below)!! Every time he fell into one of the foam cube pits, he imagined sharks were chasing him and he was swimming to safety, or sometimes there was a mountain avalanche and we showered him with foam cube snow, out of which he had to dig himself - oh to be three and that carefree again!
Vast amounts of enjoyment are to be had from a single session, but when the announcement sounds for your coloured wristband to vacate the trampolines, there is instant regret that you didn’t opt for the unlimited package! Although some in my party were entirely exhausted and, despite smiling, were happy for the reprieve, vowing to get fitter! The remorse is short-lived, as you remember this place is open 7 days a week and you should get together a few more friends, to share the laughter and energy!
More information on safety and booking, especially if you’re interested in large group bookings and space buyouts for events, can be found at www.ampedthailand.com. Any questions not answered by their website will be addressed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 02-136 7858.
*Certain images courtesy of ampedthailand.com