Tommy Schwemmer takes a sip of water and looks on as his kids bounce around on trampolines housed in the iJump Trampoline Park in Idaho Falls. A father of three, Schwemmer has found a place to connect with his kids, workout at times, and let off a little bit of youthful energy at the iJump facility.
“It’s just a fun environment where kids can burn off a lot of steam, and I can burn off a lot of steam,” he said. “We have a good time playing together and watching the athleticism of the other people in the community. It’s a lot of fun.”
On any Saturday morning, iJump is filled to the brim with children and adults enjoying the facility. Some come for fun, others, like Schwemmer, sometimes come for recreation and exercise.
“It’s a riot,” he said. “The kids can work on their skills, running around, jumping, and being crazy.
“It’s phenomenal. And it’s nice to have this family time together, doing physical activities and bonding that way.
Since its 2012 opening, iJump has quickly became a destination spot for families looking to enjoy a unique form of recreation. The 10,000-square-foot facility boasts two large trampoline beds that play host to events such as dodgeball and birthday parties.
General Manager Eric Hamlin said operating iJump is the “best job I’ve ever had in my life.”
“The trampoline business has blown up over the last three to five years,” Hamlin said. “Kids come here and have a blast. It’s so much fun. It’s just so much fun here, and everyone is smiling and having such a good time.”
iJump’s Idaho Falls location is owned by area residents Jake and Natalie Lundquist. Hamlin runs the facility’s day-to-day operations.
With kids out of school during the summer, sometimes it is difficult to occupy their time. At iJump, Hamlin said iJump offers a unique opportunity for parents to bond with their youngsters.
“When we first opened this place it was slammed, with just 20 parties every weekend,” Hamlin said. “It was just nuts and crazy. It’s slowed down a bit, but we’re still consistently busy.”
iJump offers activities such as dodgeball and acrobatics into its foam pit which cater to the younger crowd. But Hamlin said iJump’s management wants to focus on making the facility accessible to all age groups.
“Typically we get middle schoolers all the way to high school, but when the parents come and they see their kids having fun they start jumping, and then you see all the family out there jumping,” he said.
Plans are in the works for additional classes catered to adults, including workout sessions that can help people of any age test their cardio ability through trampoline workouts.
Hamlin said they’re also going to start dodgeball competitions and aerobics classes this winter.
“We’re going to have adult leagues, kids leagues, and family leagues, so the whole family can join,” Hamlin said. “The family can get together on a Saturday or weeknights, but we’ll start having competitions and prizes.”
Options such as this entice patrons such as Schwemmer, who is looking for a unique workout option.
“I get a good cardio workout out of it,” Schwemmer said. “I can only do a little bit at a time. I’m not as young as I used to be.”
The facility also offers options for kids, called the Wee Gym. This section features its own trampoline section and foam pit that allows younger patrons to enjoy the amenities of iJump.
Prices at iJump are $10 for the first hour and $6 for each additional hour.
Hamlin encourages those looking for some unique fun this summer to give iJump a try to cross off a new experience on their list.
“You will not stop smiling the whole time. You’ll giggle your brains out,” Hamlin said. “It’s a little intimidating at first, especially for an older person. But once you start jumping you cannot stop smiling and laughing. The whole time you have a big grin on your face from ear to ear.”
To learn more about iJump, visit their website ijumpidaho.com or call 208-881-5108.
Reporter Marc Basham can be reached at 208-542-6763.