Niles trampoline center has visitors jumping Sky High
Jim Kaminski is the general manager at Sky High Sport, a trampoline fun center in Niles. | Brian O'Mahoney~For Sun-Times Media
NAME: Sky High Sports
ADDRESS: 6424 Howard St., Niles
SPECIALTY: Indoor trampoline fun
Updated: November 26, 2012 2:20AM
NILES — No matter what age, guests have been flipping out for Sky High Sports.
The trampoline fun center, located at 6424 Howard St. in Niles, provides a place where bouncers of all ages, from kids to adults, can do flips and tricks on the trampoline, jump in a foam pit or join some organized activities, such as trampoline dodgeball.
Dodgeball on the trampolines has become a very popular organized activity at Sky High Sports and guests can bring some friends to play or join a pickup game that is already in progress. There are dodgeball tournaments scheduled as well.
AIRobics classes are also offered at Sky High Sports. These classes include moves from different workout activities and some moves that are only done on trampolines.
According to the Sky high Sports website jumping on a trampoline for an hour a day burns about 1,000 calories.
“We’re kind of built for every age,” said Jim Kaminski, general manager for Sky High Sports.
Kaminski said the center has a trampoline area for children ages six and under so they won’t get hurt by bigger kids or adults jumping.
There are also some evenings dedicated just for people with special needs.
“We offer them a safe place to play,” Kaminski said.
Participants must sign a waiver and if they are under 18 years of age their parents must sign it for them before they start bouncing.
Kaminski said Sky High Sports is a popular place for various special occasions, ranging from children’s birthday parties to bachelor parties.
An employee stands at each court to supervise the jumpers and before people participate they must listen to all the rules, such as no running or lying down on the trampolines and no diving into the ball pit.
Each jumping pit at Sky High Sports consists of a grid of trampolines that are connected by a cushioned, spring-loaded frame so landing has more give compared to home trampolines. The frames and springs are covered by safety pads that are two inches thick.
Kaminski said that Niles has been a great spot for Sky High Sports which recently celebrated its one year anniversary.
“Our regulars come back every week,” said Kaminski.
About 60 employees also work there.
In Illinois there is also a Sky High Sports located in Naperville. The business, which originated in California, was named “Best Trampoline Area” in ChicagoMag.Com’s 2012 Best of Chicago.