House of Air is a trampolining warehouse right next to that big red bridge that everyone in San Francisco loves so much. It has three main sections, the training area, the dodgeball arena and the main trampolining bowl.
I’ve been to various trampolining places before, usually the ones that you see in holiday towns that are a series of interlinked trampolines in grid format, maybe about 6 to 8 trampolines at the most but House of Air takes it to a slightly new level. There are absolutely loads of trampolines in this place, the bowl is so-called because of the trampolines that also surround the lower wall to create the bowl shape and give you the ability to jump off the sides. There is also a spine are much like you would find in a skate park and a crash mat trampoline where you can try and practice your tricks.
The trampoline bowl was pretty fun, the trampolines are better than your average garden trampoline but the same sort of material. I’m guessing it’s just maintained better but they are not the professional-grade trampolines that I’ve used in various gymnastics halls. They still are good fun but they will not be launching you up to the sky as such. They do have the slightly better trampolines in the training area however you have to book those sessions with a trainer. Within the training enclosure they also have a giant airbag so you can test more intense tricks without worrying about landing on your head.
Probably the most fun aspect of the House of Air is their trampoline dodgeball court. It’s a grid of trampolines in a mini-stadium type enclosure filled with dodge balls. The staff will call the shots and play to the original rules and you can simply play against them. We had an awesome time playing this, it’s kind of like slamball in that it’s a hybrid trampoline sports game and I can imagine watching the pros play would be absolutely amazing. I however sucked. It didn’t help that the kids who were there have clearly been playing dodgeball for a long time and visit the venue every week but they were all about 12 years old, 4 foot small and cocky as hell. It was ruddy humiliating! I was the first out every bloody time. Whilst it was all good fun, I played a few games and then decided to return to the bowl where I could actually show off and do stuff that others can’t.
It was about $16 for entry and that included the bowl and the dodge ball for an hour. That’s a reasonable rate I guess. Your not allowed to where your socks, lockers are complimentary and theres a water fountain or two if you don’t want to fork out for the scam that is Vitamin Water. It all makes for good fun, fitness and a laugh. I wouldn’t go every week though, it’s definitely a once in a while thing but I enjoyed it because it’s been so long since I took my trampoline down and stopped going to the gymnastics gym. Would love to get into the training area next time though!