Address: 8 Bridgewater Close, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 1JT
Price Band: ££
Red Kangaroo Trampoline Park in Reading is suitable for children (and adults!) age 12 months and over. There are various different sessions available. We went to the open Kanga bounce session for anyone over the age of 4. There is also Kanga Tots for under 5s, Kanga Family for families with children aged 2-12 years and Kanga Calm for children with disabilities and sensory conditions such as Autism. This place is huge covering an area of 36,000 feet – the equivalent of 12 tennis courts!
Red Kangaroo has a huge amount of variety on offer in terms of bouncing activities. Who knew there could be so many options when it comes to trampolining! They have a vast number of trampolines for ‘free-style’ bouncing. This includes several jumps dotted around and a reaction game. There is basketball slam dunk, a dodgeball arena, ninja warrior course, air cushion, foam pits, Gladiator duel, wipeout and slide. You really are spoiled for choice!
On arrival at Red Kangaroo Trampoline Park the reception staff checked our waivers had been signed and gave us our Red Kangaroo bounce socks and a coloured wristband. Red Kangaroo socks must be worn by anyone bouncing at the park as part of their health and safety rules. These cost £2 a pair but once you have them you can keep them and re-use them on future visits.
Before you start your session you are led into the safety briefing room. The safety video uses actors to demonstrate the rules of the park. The main rules are: 1 person per trampoline, bounce in the middle of the trampoline and check landing areas are clear before jumping. It is important that children (and adults alike) watch the video in order to stay safe.
Next we went into the main trampoline hall and stowed our belongings in a locker. These are free and there are plenty of them. You simply enter your own made up code twice to unlock it then use that code from then on to access your things whenever you need to. No need for coins or to carry a key around with you. Very well thought out.
We had an hour to enjoy the trampoline park and made full use of all the activities on offer. Lois had a go at the ninja warrior course and wipeout. Unfortunately wipeout was an epic fail but she enjoyed the ninja course.
Cody was a bit disappointed as he was not tall enough to do these 2 activities but there are plenty of other things on offer. His favourite was challenging me to the Gladiator duel, balanced on a beam over a large foam pit. He also enjoyed the freestyle trampoline areas and basketball slam dunk.
The whole family enjoyed a game of dodgeball in the arena where I seemed to be the main target for everyone. We also liked the foam pit and air cushion. Lois liked jumping from the high platforms on to the air cushion.
The reaction game is a great way to challenge your friends. It’s fast and exhausting but so much fun.
The staff we encountered were all very friendly and polite. They were professional and took great care to make sure everyone played safe but had fun at the same time. When our hour was finished we were called over the tannoy and collected our things from the lockers.
There is an on-site cafe and seating area overlooking the trampoline park for those who are spectating or if you want to grab a drink or bite to eat afterwards. The cafe sells a selection or drinks, cakes, snacks, pizzas and sandwiches. The area was clean and had plenty of tables both downstairs and upstairs in a mezzanine viewing area. It would be good to have a few more menu options but there was plenty for a light meal/snack.
The toilets were modern and smart and there was a separate disabled toilet for wheelchair users.
We were impressed to find there was a baby room as well with changing mat and several comfy chairs for mums to relax in while feeding their baby away from the noise of the trampoline hall.
In addition to this there was also a quiet room to escape and relax in which I think is a brilliant facility particularly for those families with someone who has additional needs. The room had lots of big comfy armchairs and a coffee table. Ideal to relax in a calmer environment if needed. I have never seen this anywhere else before but its something that I’m sure many families would really appreciate and benefit from. This room can also be used by parents wanting to do some work while their kids bounce.
Red Kangaroo Trampoline Park is huge and with so many different activities to take part in I really think we would struggle to find a trampoline park better than this. An hour flew by so I would highly recommend booking 2 hours to really make the most of it. A lot of thought has been put into this place and it being accessible to as many people as possible. There is even a lift to get disabled users up to the trampoline hall which is raised a metre or so above ground level. The staff were very professional and the equipment was well maintained. We felt very safe and despite the centre opening in 2017 it still feels very new and clean. We are already planning to head back again very soon!
Disclaimer: Red Kangaroo Trampoline Park kindly gifted us tickets to visit, however they had no involvement in this review. All photos, words and opinions are that of my own 🙂