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Flip Out Trampoline Arena – Dad Day Out review: Melbourne & Sydney

This is not a paid post, however Flip Out provided BKLK with 4 x hour passes for the purpose of this review.

Dad Rating: 5-out-of-5(5/5)

What was that you said? Jumping on a trampoline? Yeah, it’s okay. Hang on, did you say jumping on a room full of trampolines? Now you’ve got my attention.
A warning for you dear readers: This review may err more on the side of the Big Kids than the Littl’uns.

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More trampolines than you can count, all strong enough to take the weight of us Big Kids! Giant foam pits so deep you may never be found. Walls to bounce to the top of. And even trampolines on the sides that you can throw yourself at!

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When BKLK was offered the chance to check out the very first Flip Out Trampoline Arena in Melbourne, I knew just the little person who would lose her nut about it; my mate Howie’s daughter, Cute-As-a-Button-O (hereafter known as CABO). She jumps in her sleep.

And this meant only one thing: DAD DATE!

So Howie and I took CABO & Little E to the brand new indoor trampolining facility in Clayton South. Flip Out only opened in Melbourne this year (2015) but has heaps of locations all over Australia.

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The arena is all about jumping and learning ‘ninja’ skills (thus their green ninja mascot), and it is divided into four main areas:

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The Kids Only Zone, for munchkins under the age of 7 years or 130cm height. These trampolines are dedicated all day for small children so that they have a safe area to jump like nutty jumping beans.

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The Main Trampoline Zone, with floor and wall trampolines that you can ricochet all over.

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The Wall, where you try to bounce on your back and reach the top. (I know that it looks like I’m terrified but this is honestly how you start this one). It’s weird to explain, but check out the video later in the review.

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And then there is the Foam Pit. Or should I say the Eternal Pit of No-Return!?!?! Extra springy trampolines and a pit so deep that light is too scared to go down there (at least that’s what it felt like when I disappeared into its depths).

Flip Out is just one giant jump orgy (in a completely non-Roman-sex-fest kind of way).

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But the best part of this place was the insanely amazing and friendly staff! Now, I know that venues like to put on a good performance when they know that a reviewer is checking them out, and these ladies & lads were definitely on their best behaviour, but I could tell that I wasn’t getting special treatment. They are just beyond lovely! And more than willing to try to teach this old dog a new trick (not that it went well…)

We started out jumping as families, but before long Little E & CABO were being entertained by Ellie, the General Manager (how nice is that?) as Howie and I launched ourselves off the big trampolines.

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I enlisted the help of resident jump-expert Tom to teach me how to perform a simple trick; a forward somersault. He told me it was the easiest trick you can do. I think he lied.

No one wants to hear me blabber on, so why don’t you check out this video to understand how much awesome fun we had at Flip Out?:

Yep. Embarrassing. (Thanks for showing me up with your ‘natural coordination’ Howie!)

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Huh? The kids? Oh yeah, they were there too. The mini-munchkins jumped non-stop for an hour. Their little hearts were racing and Little E’s face was bright pink (thanks to my genes), but their smiles said that they never wanted to leave. Seriously. They didn’t want to leave. Had to drag them out.

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This review may seem like I’m being paid to say nice things, but all four of us had the most AWESOME time! Howie and I are already teeing up a day to head back there.

I was also informed that they run a kids class on Saturdays called ‘Little Ninjas’ to teach young kids how to jump and flip. It’s like a trampoline version of Little Gymnastics. And they let Big Kids join in on the learning too!


 For more information check out the Flip Out website, by clicking on this link.

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David Hawkins

Half nerd, all Dad & Founder of Big Kid Little Kid, the go-to blog for Awesome Dads. David is on a personal mission to become a more awesome dad to his two sons and teach them all the facets of being a major nerd. NES-off anybody?
  • How insanely cool is that place. we have one near us too and I actually fell into that pit of foam (accidentally on purpose) and I could not get out. No bull I needed to be rescued by the kids xx

    • Brilliant! I kept losing my socks in the foam, just got shlooped off like I was trapped in spongy quicksand. Did you throw caution and hospitalisation to the wind, and get out onto the trampolines? I know a fella who could teach you to forward flip.

  • Tash from Gift Grapevine

    Something tells me you and Howie had to be dragged out too?! The big kid in me gets all giddy when I see a trampoline (I have to restrain myself from trying flips at Mr TT’s toddler gym). Think I’ll have to head to the new Flip Out in Perth to relive my old gymnastics days. I don’t expect it to be pretty though!

    • David Hawkins

      Do it! It’s AWESOME. And it’s also one heckuva workout. I was dripping sweat by the end of the hour session, and could feel my previously unused muscles for the next few days. I’m seriously contemplating going on a regular basis for fun & exercise. Flip out does a Mums & Bubs session during weekday for only $15, which could be my cheap excuse.