For the Littles (Ages 6 and Under)
– by Heather Phillips
With all the excitement of “that new trampoline place,” we just HAD to check out Shakalaka Extreme Air Sports! It is, indeed, a new trampoline place located next to Essex on Hwy 72 in Huntsville, but there’s more to it than that!
Since my little one is four years-old, we went during their 6 and Under Session. Monday through Saturday, they offer this one-hour session at 9 a.m. and they play Disney music. (If you go any other time, there is an age six and under section of the arena.) Walk-ins are always welcome but you might want to register and pay online ahead of time, and it’s a lot faster if you print out their waiver and bring it with you. We paid $9 and I was included with his admission.
I saw pictures of their arena on their website and Facebook page, but it’s a lot larger in person! There are two levels to play on and both have a trampoline floor. On the lower level is a very large, open area with trampolines where my little guy enjoyed running and bouncing and running and running. Next to it is trampoline area enclosed in a net with balls that the kids can play with and trampolines they can slide down.
PROTIP: dress your kids in pants or leggings so they won’t get rug burn on their knees!
In the upper level is a trapeze with a foam pit below it! This is even fun for grownups! There is a trampoline section with basketball goals, a couple of foam pits, the designated age six and under section and a foam pit with a tight rope over it. My four year-old enjoyed all of it! And the hour-long session was more than enough time for us both to get tired out.
The bathrooms are a walk around the arena, and small children will need help reaching the water and soap. There are no changing tables, but the manager said they will be installed soon. There are vending machines and lockers available, and you can bring your own lock or rent one of theirs for $3.
Check out the calendar on their website because they have a lot of different themes and events going on throughout the month. Shakalaka also offers birthday parties, and they have four party rooms available.
For the Big Kids (Ages 7 and Over)
– by Melika Nixon
Finally, after months of anticipation, my kids experienced the high flying, ball dodging, back flipping, trapeze swinging, hoop dunking adrenaline rush of Huntsville’s newest Extreme Sports Arena known as Shakalaka. The opening of the newest attraction in Huntsville was so popular that our group quickly grew to 31 participants ranging from age 5 – 13.
It is a 26,000 square foot calorie burning, energy expending, insurance policy for a great night of sleep for all participants:
12 year-old Alex says “Dodge Ball was the best! It was so much fun to destroy my friends and battle on the court”.
6 year-old Will’s favorite part is “jumping because you go very, VERY high!”
Shakalaka is designed for jumpers of all ages. In order to be dropped off without an adult present the child must be 13 years old. There is a time for 15 years and older on weekend nights after 9pm. Everyone must sign a waiver before being able to jump in the arena. Safety is a primary concern for the staff at Shakalaka, and there are at least 7 staff members overseeing the arena. Whistles are blown at those who break the rules or are acting in an unsafe manner. Jumping is done in bare feet, or for those who prefer, grippy Flight Socks are sold.
Now for the good stuff – the layout of Shakalaka has something for everyone!
- Trampoline Dodgeball: a highlight for the older kids in our group. Pegging your friends while jumping high to get a better angle, what’s not to love?
- ShakaSlam: Basketball with an edge
- Slack Lines: Think you have what it takes to balance across a thin line? Well in case you don’t you fall into a sea of foam shapes which house a trampoline underneath. Avery, age 7,
- Free Style: have you been trying to perfect that back flip but the fear of a broken nose has you on pause? Well why not try it here at Shakalaka, your fall is cushioned by foam shapes and according to Aiden “I like that it is bouncier than my trampoline at home and any mistakes are cushioned by a much softer landing”.
- Flying Trapeze area: Autumn, a 5th grader, claims this as her favorite part of the adventure, “it is fun, thrilling and daring”!
And now the cost part: Don’t let the pricing shock you! This is not an everyday thing — more of a treat — but totally worth the cost. Our group played for 1.5 hours and that was more than enough. A few of the younger kids (under 8) stopped after one hour, they were jumped out! The older kids loved the 1.5 hr time frame and felt that the time was more than adequate.
This might be a great treat to keep in mind around report card release , something to work toward and look forward to!
1.0 Hour Flight Ticket – $12
1.5 Hour Flight Ticket – $16
2.0 Hour Flight Ticket – $20
6 and Under: $8 for 1 hour; $12 for 1.5 hours $16 for 2 hours
2 and Under: One child age 2 years or younger jumps free with an adult ticket purchase
KidJump: We reserve the arena every Mon-Fri 9am-10am for ages 6 & under EXCLUSIVELY. One accompanying adult jumps free per paid child. Holidays are excluded.
Family Night: Every Monday night from 6pm to 9pm is Family Night. Bring the whole family for only $35/hr. (Immediate Family Only). Holidays excluded.
ShakaFit Class: $12 per session OR $39 monthly pass. Schedule coming soon.