“Bouncy, Trouncy, Flouncy, Pouncy…”

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“The wonderful thing about Tiggers,

Is Tiggers are wonderful things.

Their tops are made out of rubber.

Their bottoms are made out of springs.

They’re bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy

fun, fun, fun, fun, fun.

But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is

I’m the only one!”

Well, that is not quite true. Today I had 5 little “Tiggers,” and they were  joined by many more of their bouncy, trouncy friends for a fun day at an indoor trampoline park.

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Today we had a field trip with Molly’s cyber charter school. The field trip was about an hour away at Flight Zone, an amazing indoor trampoline playground.

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When we saw this field trip on the school calendar the kids asked if we could go. Last year the school offered an outing to a similar indoor trampoline park, and the kids loved it. Tyler, in particular, was in his element. Tyler is my bouncing baby boy…literally!

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The Christmas before Tyler moved in the kids received a trampoline for Christmas. Although all the kids have used it, it has gotten its most use from Tyler, my ADHD bouncy, trouncy Tigger, who could spend hours a day on it. So for Tyler the idea of an entire room filled with trampolines is his idea of heaven on earth.

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When we arrived we met up with friends from our co-op that had also signed up to go. The outing  passes allowed them to bounce for one hour, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. That may not seem like enough time but by the time those 60 minutes had passed all my big kids were ready to rest and could feel the workout in their leg muscles. Tyler was the only one that wasn’t ready to quit. He could have bounced all day!

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The open room was split into areas of play. The center of the room was filled with connected trampolines. The kids could bounce from one to another, do flips, bounce from the platforms to the trampolines, and try to jump for the boxing bags that hung from the ceiling.

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This is where the kids spent most of their time.

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Other areas included a foam pit for little tykes, a trampoline ramp, and a basketball court.

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Tyler’s favorite area was the dodge ball arena. This is where he spent the majority of his time. It combined two of his favorite things: bouncing and balls!

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After an hour the speaker announced our time was over. We stopped for a quick group photo before joining our friends for a late lunch.

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The effects of an hour of bouncing was impressive. Both little boys were calm and quiet and went to bed without a fight. Minutes later they were both asleep.

I think I need to start planning how we can create a Flight Zone in our basement…

If anyone can pull it off Toby can.  🙂

It may be just the therapeutic tool we are looking for!!

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