I have to say, kid’s birthday parties are a whole lot cooler today than they were when I was a kid. Last Saturday we took Annie to her cousin Spencer’s eighth birthday party at this place called Sky High Sports, and the chubby little eight-year-old I once was would have lost his mind if he could’ve seen the place. Basically, it’s a gigantic warehouse where the floors (and even the walls) are made of trampolines!
As we made our way to the room Spencer’s party was in we passed another feature of this place… a giant foam pit that ANYONE can jump into! I didn’t get a chance to realize my lifelong dream on Saturday, but you can bet I’ll be going back to get my foam pit on. (It’s best not to think too long on the phrase “get my foam pit on.”)
Annie was immediately intrigued by the place – not to mention the sight of all the kids bouncing around like kangaroos – and made a beeline for her cousin, Michaela. Together they ran onto the trampolines and jumped around like crazy.
“And to think we thought nothing could top a bounce house, Michaela!”
The jumping at this place was so infectious, in fact, that after a few minutes I noticed Heather had inched onto the floor and started to bounce ever so slightly.
“Hey!” I shouted at her. “You’re pregnant!”
“I’m not even getting off the ground!” she protested.
I sent Heather enough side eye that she soon retreated to the safety of the table area. This meant that I was in charge of making sure that Annie and Michaela didn’t get clobbered by any of the many hyper, hopped-up-on-sugar eight-year-olds.
This job was pretty uneventful until the birthday boy, Spencer, tossed one of the foam balls they have in the room at me. I caught it and tossed it back, and soon we had a game of Dodge-ball going. What’s that you say? You don’t think this exactly sounds like the best way to keep the girls safe? Well, you’re probably right. Oops. And it only got worse. Soon all of Spencer’s pals got it in their minds that it was open season on the tall guy and hurled balls at me.
In hindsight I probably should have been mature and said something like, “Now, now, children. Settle down.” But instead I went a little Billy Madison on them. This, as you can imagine, only riled the kids up even more. Soon even the daintiest little girls at the party were tossing balls at me and screaming playground insults. I even had one little nut run up and start punching me!
As all of this was going on I noticed Heather in the table area just shaking her head at me. (I should mention in my defense, your honor, that these balls were light as snow.) Luckily, it was soon time for cake and I was able to escape the awkward situation.
All in all it was a very fun birthday, and a definite improvement on the parties from my youth (when we got together to play soccer in the backyard and watch Star Wars on VHS). Annie better hope the parties her friends throw in the future aren’t as fun as Spencer’s or her old man will be there, embarrassing her by throwing balls at the boys in her class.
It’s inevitable that you’ll embarrass her at some point Mike, as all parents do, but one day she’ll look back and realize you were the fun dad.
HA! I was already smiling while reading this post, but couldn’t stop from cracking up when you mentioned the little nut.
I hope Heather is doing well today. You’re going to have to take her back there to do some bouncing!
I was holding my breath while reading this, expecting to hear that someone got hurt. I’m glad nobody did! And that place sounds awesome. I live on the East Coast, but maybe I need to take a cross-country flight and hang out there.
Not sure where you live but we have one in Virginia. One of my friends keeps trying to get a group together to go. We are in our 20s with no kids, so not sure what that says about us, haha But you should look to see if there is one close to you, too!
I AM in Virginia! What a coincidence Charlottesville, though, so it is probably not very close to me, but closer than California!
Wow, that is a crazy coincidence!! The one near me is in Sterling: http://rebounderzsterling.com/homepage.html
Any chance there is a video of the mob of children attacking the tall guy?:)
I was reading some of Mayim Bialik’s blog and noticed a similar picture on her homepage, next to her post about Helping Others this Holiday Season. Maybe you and Blossom share bouncing retreats?