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Lancaster's indoor trampoline park is a hidden gem

Sky Zone is located in Lancaster, off Route 30 near the Courtyard Marriott at 1701 Hempstead Rd. Visit the Sky Zone website for pricing and schedules. Follow Sky Zone Lancaster on Facebook for news and specials. 

The first thing you think when you walk into Sky Zone Lancaster is: Orange. And then: Big. The giant space is colorful and impressive, housing a wide range of trampolines that are used for so much more than birthday parties.

Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park, is one of Lancaster's hidden gems, residing not in a shopping plaza, but in Greenfield Industrial Park. As General Manager Kristin Hamm explains, it has something for everyone. "We have so much going on here," she says. "We really want people to know about everything we have to offer."

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Sky Zone has plenty for kids to do. Their Open Jump lets kids bounce and fly, while being separated by size to keep everyone safe. Kids can also cannonball into the Foam Zone, or practice their slam dunks in the Sky Slam area that has three different hoops at kid-friendly height. Toddler Time is for the tiniest bouncers to jump and stay safe. While Sky Zone has a parent lounge, Hamm said, "Parents are encouraged to jump with their kids. We want them to see how fun it is, and what a great workout it is too."

Sky Zone also has several specialty programs for kids. The Youth Dodgeball League plays in an area where the trampolines make up the floor and the walls. In addition to hosting field trips, Sky Zone has Home School Jump every Friday. "It's nice to see kids who are home schooled get excited when they see their friends that they've made from coming to Sky Zone," said Hamm. She is especially proud of Sky Zone's Special Needs Sensory Friendly Jump, when the music is turned off, and they have a quiet room available for children who need their environment toned down a little.

Along with regularly scheduled programs, Sky Zone hosts summer camps, school holiday camps, and seasonal parties. Hamm said Sky Zone partnered with Bricks 4 Kidz for a camp that's part jump party, part Lego building. She also described their New Year's Eve party for kids, "We had bubbly apple cider for the kids at midnight. They loved it." She said they're planning drop and shop days in December so parents can do their holiday shopping without kids.

Of course, Sky Zone also puts on birthday parties. Family and friends can use the special party rooms to celebrate, along with the arcade and trampolines.

But don't think kids are the only ones having fun at Sky Zone. Sky Zone offers lots activities for teens and grown-ups. People looking to get fit can take a SkyRobics class that has calisthenics, core exercises and strength-building aerobics, but is low-impact thanks to the trampolines. Sky Zone has Dodgeball Derby every week for older teens and adults. Participants can play as individuals or as a team.

With such a big space to offer, Sky Zone organizes classes that don't involve jumping. Sky Zone holds American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED programs, and American Red Cross babysitting courses.

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Hamm details some of Sky Zone's plans for the future, which include installing climbing walls in their vast lobby area. "They'll be clear, so you can see the person on the other side," she says.

Sky Zone is a national franchise with dozens of centers in the United States and Canada. The Lancaster Sky Zone, which is approximately 28,000 square feet, is owned by Ted Clements and Andy Titus, who own TC Studios, a Lancaster video and photography studio. Recently, they shot their own Sky Zone commercial, using real customers who signed up by email.