PLAN3T Extreme Trampoline Arena, with more than 15,000 square feet of interconnected trampolines, has opened in Duluth at the former Grainger Industrial Supply Building at 101 N. 46th Ave. W.
The 25,000-square-foot facility features open jump courts, four lanes of Ninja obstacles, extreme dodge ball, dunk zones for trampoline, basketball hoops, slack lines, extreme trapeze over foam pits and a free fall diving platform. With its neon color scheme, upbeat music playing and walls covered with graffiti-like space-themed art, the atmosphere is upbeat and energy-filled.
The best way that jumpers can guarantee the “flight” times they prefer is to purchase flight tickets online (http://planet3duluth.com) before coming to the park. Flight times begin every half hour.
A variety of packages are offered depending on length of time (one- or two-hour blocks) and number of participants. Special packages are also available for certain times or days. The cost is $11 for 6 and under, $14 for age 7 and above for one-hour flights; $17 for kids age 6 and younger for two-hour flights, and $20 for age 7 and above.
Hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (school hours may vary).
All participants must watch a safety video and sign a mandatory waiver before using any of the park’s features. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their waiver in order to enter. Safety gripper socks (purchased at the desk for $3) are required for all participants to wear while jumping.
All minors under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. A special, separate area for kids six and under is a contained spot for them to enjoy jumping in a controlled environment.
“Our staff is a great core group of people who are excited about being here,” said Ally Carlson, PLAN3T general manager. “Our primary concern is safety, so we enforce our rules at all times. We want people to have lots of fun, but we want to avoid anyone getting hurt.”
For fun birthday parties, they offer a package that includes one hour flight times for all participants (price varies depending on number) and 45 minutes in the party room. A party hostess helps with setup and cleanup. A party table cover, plates, utensils, cups and napkins are included as is a gift for the birthday child. Only a birthday cake may be brought in from the outside.
A private group can reserve the entire park at a special rate. There are some blackout hours and dates when no private parties can be booked. Schools may book weekday parties. Group and corporate events participants can enjoy the park in team building events. Fundraisers can be arranged where participants can show their support for a variety of organizations and causes.
For any of the parties, PLAN3T will order pizza from the Pizza Man (at an additional fee). The complex also has vending machines with snacks and beverages.
Every Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., children age 6 and under can jump for only $11 and a parent can join them and jump the same hour at no charge. Every Monday night from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., a family of five can jump for one hour at the discounted price of $35.
Every Tuesday night from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., all college students with a valid student ID can jump at a discounted rate. On Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. – midnight, the lights go out, and everyone 14 years old and above can enjoy the park’s black light setup to jump and dance the night away.
A schedule of jump fit classes is also available at the park. The workouts are a fun, low-impact way for calorie burning. Avery Brown, on staff at Plan3T, teaches the classes.
Brown is a former member of the Chicago Boyz, an acrobatic team made up of talented young men and boys from the Chicagoland area who appeared on “America’s Got Talent.”
“Trampoline jumping is great acrobatic and aerobic exercise. You can burn around 1,000 calories in an hour of jumping,” he said.
Brown also enjoys working with the kids who come to the park, teaching them tricks and jumps.
“I have already seen some incredible kids who have lots of potential,” he said.
Cormac Johnson and Zach Marshak, both age 13, were enjoying their first time at PLAN3T.
“We had a day off from Marshall, and this was a really fun place for us to come,” said Johnson.
Marshak added, “It’s not just trampolines. There are obstacle courses and foam pits. We can’t wait to come back again with more people so we can play dodge ball.”
Amy White, Johnson’s mother, said, “We will definitely come back. The boys had a great time today. I want to work out a bigger group next time with other moms. It would be an even more fun place to come when there are school vacations with more kids here.”
Carlson added, “Our prices are reasonable. We offer a fun activity for all ages in our region that no one else has. Our attention to detail and a mix of activities for all ages make us unique.”