The tiddler and I have our special Fridays together where it is just the two of us, these are becoming more and more precious as the weeks move forward as he will be starting school this September, so I try and make sure we have lots of fun. Our Fridays usually involve, swimming, trips to our favourite cafe, Chester zoo or exploring Helsby hill and the quarry but this week the weather was awful and I didn’t fancy a swim. I was leaning towards a trip to an over populated hell hole known commonly as a play area, when a quick google search brought up flip out. We have visited a similar trampoline park for my eldest sons birthday and the whole family enjoyed but it wasn’t something I had thought about for our Friday fun days so I had a look what was on offer.
I was amazed to find that they offer a toddler time on Fridays at 11 am for £2.50 each, plus an additional £1.50 for socks if needed. So for 1 hours bounce it was only £8 for the two of us and we get to keep the socks, bonus!
So with a morning of fun planned we headed off to Flip out for some toddler time.
I think it is important to point out to anyone that is reading this and thinking of booking some toddler time that despite it be advertised as an hour toddler time and it being cheaper than the usual fee, this one hours slot is not exclusively for the under 5’s as I had imagined. We were bouncing along with some older children, teenagers and even a group of young men, which, to be fair, did not cause us a problem but I did think I had booked for a toddler safe bounce where I wouldn’t need to worry about my tiddler being squashed by an overexcited adult, trying to perform a three point triple dipper spin drop having not been on a trampoline since the age of 5! So if you do book this session just be aware that it is still a public session.
That being said, I was extremely impressed with flip out as a whole. The safety precautions are taken seriously, with waivers to be signed, a video to be watched and staff on every activity, which is very reassuring. There are multiple activities including a ninja warrior station which looks amazing and something the big one would love, but unfortunately you need to be 10 to participate, so he will have to wait a few years to try that along with the old gladiator style beam match where you fight your opponent with what can only be described as a giant ear cleaner.
Despite there being sections the tiddler could not enjoy there was plenty for us to do including a separate toddler section with foam pit, a play area, basketball bouncing courts and a free run section, we will certainly be returning as a family of four some time soon and I might even have to instigate an adult only session so that I can try my hand at ninja warrior.