Getting the Jump
Sector6 Extreme Air Sports
Cheryl Gerber photos
If you talk to any local parent of a young child, chances are they’ve heard of Sector6. After all, it’s not that often that a really unique indoor adventure option opens in New Orleans, and with Sector6, we’re talking about “the largest extreme air sports facility in the world.”
What exactly does that mean? It means trampolines – lots of them. The 44,000-square-foot facility in Elmwood opens with a grid of over 60 trampolines. It is a sight like you’ll see nowhere else, but it’s also just a warm up.
Trampolines here are not just for jumping, they’re for dodgeball, basketball and, if you’re really adventurous, a narrow area in the back allows you to bounce off your back and walk up walls.
To say Sector6 is a trampoline park is really only half correct. The other half is foam pits, above which are suspended a wide array of activities you’d never consider unless you knew you could walk away safely from any landing – even on your face, true story.
Ever wanted to swing on a trapeze? They have one. Cirque-du-Soleil it with some long silk panels connected to the ceiling? Yup. See how far you can make it across a tightrope? If it turns out more than halfway, consider me in awe.
Finally, for those that remember watching “American Gladiator,” you’ll feel a bit of déjà vu with the Ninja Obstacle Course. If you’re going to go for it, however, I’d recommend starting with this feature because by the time you spend more than half an hour at the park you’re going to be … well, let’s say a little winded.
I have been to Sector6 twice now; once with kids and once on a double date night. It is great for both. The park hosts a special hour, 9 to 10 a.m. every day, where only children age 6 and under are allowed with their parents. Kids are $10, and one accompanying parent and any children 2 and under are free.
Passes for all are available for either one or two hours: Trust me, start with one hour. My 5-year-old barely lasted the hour and that’s only with taking multiple breaks. For a fun date night option, check out Club6. Every Friday and Saturday night, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., the park is limited to age 15 and up and the lights go down, the music goes up and lasers and blacklights give the place a rave-like quality.
Keep in mind that Sector6 is always, ahem, jumping. I would suggest filling out your waivers and booking your spot online before heading down. You will also want to arrive about 20 minutes before your time slot to get your wristband, store your gear (no shoes allowed) and maybe do a little stretching. Hindsight can really be 20/20.