Flip Out Stoke on Trent is a huge warehouse full of 120 trampolines, foam pits, a 90m inflatable assault course, ninja wipeout and more, situated just off the A34 in Stone, Staffordshire. There has been a lot of bad press about Flip Out recently due to people receiving severe injuries – however, you are given a very thorough safety briefing before going in and there are lots of staff present inside the arena so as long as you follow the rules you should be ok! (Although you do have to sign a waiver before going in!)
Bean has been a few times now and loves it! Little Miss also really enjoys it but being the “free-spirited” little madam that she is, it is often difficult to keep her in the children’s area as she is desperate to get onto the bigger trampolines and equipment to explore!!
For all ages (6 months to 106 years, according to the website!) you can get a” Standard Jump” session which gives you access to the park for an hour and costs £11. However, you can guarantee that at the end of that hour your little ones will be left wanting more so I recommend you buy a “Two Hour Experience” for £16 instead. (Unless it’s a Wednesday, as they have recently introduced “Green Wednesdays” when you can bounce for an hour for half the standard price!) Children aged 11 and under must have a parent or guardian on site at all times – you can either sit in the viewing area/café or have a bounce yourself (although you do have to pay). Mr J. loves going for a bounce with the kids but I steer clear of trampolines nowadays…my pelvic floor isn’t what it used to be!!!!!!! Children aged between 12-18 can visit the park alone but an adult has to sign their waiver form.
On weekdays during term time, from 10am-4pm, under 5s have access to the soft-play blocks, kids foam pit and kid’s trampoline area for as long as they want for the bargain price of just £5 (parents go free and obviously have to be present) – although as I’ve already mentioned, if your child is an explorer like mine it can often be difficult when they want to go off and investigate the rest of the arena!
Ages 12 and above can go to an “After Dark” session when the lights go off and music, disco lights and smoke machines are switched on, every Friday between 7pm-9pm for £12. This seems like a really good idea to keep young teenagers entertained and this Friday (May 4th) they have a “Star Wars After Dark Special” with Star Wars themed music, games and competitions (including a fancy dress competition where the winner is awarded a free pass for a month of flipping) which looks like it’s going to be lots of fun!
On Monday evenings (5-6pm) during term time and every Saturday from 9am-10am Flip Out Stoke also offer ASD and Disability Sessions, especially for individuals on the autistic spectrum, which is a great idea. Music is played quietly and the disco lights are turned off. Admission is £6 and carers can enter for free.
Flip Out Stone also run fitness sessions for age 15+, combining cardio, resistance training and core stability to increase flexibility and balance, burn calories, strengthen and tone! The sessions cost £6, but they currently have an offer of 10 sessions for £50. I have a few friends who go and say it’s fab but again, if your pelvic floor could do with some work, it’s probably not the fitness regime for you!!!!!!
Bean has been to a couple of Flip Out parties and it really is a fabulous place for this – however, it is priced between £15.95 and £18.95 per child and there has to be a minimum of 10 children at weekends, so you do have to think about your budget! Saying that, you don’t have to think about entertainment and food or set anything up and clean up afterwards so there are benefits! The “Standard Party Package” (£15.95 per guest) includes 60 minutes bouncing, a choice of food for each child, socks and 2 free return vouchers. The “Awesome Party Package” (£18.95) includes 60 minutes bouncing, socks, 2 free coffees, a party bag for every guest (Flip Out drawstring bag + official Flip Out merchandise), party invitations, a choice of food and 2 free return vouchers. There is also an “Off-Peak Party Package” for £14 on Thursdays only. And…the parties aren’t just limited to children – Flip Out recommend their parties for hen and stag dos, adult celebrations and corporate events too! Prices start from £15.00 per person (min 10 people per party on weekends) and participants must be aged 18 or over.
“Flip Out Stoke” is based at Opal Way Stone Business Park, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 0SS. They are open weekdays from 10am-10pm and weekends from 9am to 10pm. More information can be found on their website https://www.flipout.co.uk/locations/stoke-stone and I recommend that you book ahead online as they can get very busy!
So…if you’re looking for a good way to spend a couple of hours with the kids then head to Flip Out – you won’t be disappointed!!
***Have you ever been to a Flip Out Arena? There are 25 around the country! If so, what did you think? ****