If you were a New Orleans

 child of the 1970s or ’80s, you probably remember making the drive to the Trampoline Jump Center to jump and flip on the many metal trampolines arranged side by side in a lot near the corner of Veterans and Bonnabel boulevards. Now, fast forward 30 years and head out to Elmwood, where a new company is bringing trampolines back and doing it better than you can imagine!

Described as “Extreme Air Sports,” Sector 6 is a brand new 40,000-square-foot indoor facility that, quite literally, elevates trampoline fun to an entirely new level. The New Orleans area site joins a roster of 19 other national and international locations. After checking in and purchasing tickets at the front desk, the first zone you will come to is a 12,000-square-foot field of connected trampolines, including angled wall trampolines and launching pads. The next zone houses the trampoline dodge ball games with wall-to-wall trampolines surrounded by net walls and overflowing with various sized balls. At first, I thought I would never get my 10-year-old and his friend out of the dodge ball arena, but then I spotted the next zone. This one, called the SuperSlam, boasts 16-foot basketball goals on a “court” of trampolines. Both boys were successfully dunking 16 feet in the air with the help the springy surface beneath their feet. Toward the rear of the building were several large pits of foam bricks perfect for falling into and many opportunities to do exactly that. Kids can swing from a large trapeze, test their balance by walking over the “Slack-lines” (a slightly wider version of tightropes), climb the rope ladder or flip from launch pads and plunge into the pits.

Sector 6 is open every day except Sunday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. for “Open Jump” for all ages (kids 13 and older can be dropped off by a parent). During these regular operating hours, there’s a separate section reserved exclusively for children 6 and under. In addition, they offer a “Kid Jump” hour from 9-10 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays where the entire facility is open only for the 6 and under set. What a fun playgroup field trip! For the teenagers 15 and older, Sector 6 becomes Club 6 on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. until midnight, when the lights go out and the lasers and music come on. In case you were concerned that this fun is reserved only for kids, every Monday night from 6-9 p.m. is “Family Night” where the whole family can jump for one low price. Sector 6 also offers party packages for groups of 10-35 jumpers with private party rooms. If you’re searching for something even bigger, you may want to look into renting the entire facility for groups of up to 90 participants or the “Extreme Slumber Party” for groups up to 50 complete with an overnight of sleeping bags on the trampolines!

It is important to note that every child needs a waiver signed by a parent to participate. Sector 6 makes this process as easy as possible. Parents can choose to print a paper copy at home and bring it in when they arrive or complete an online electronic waiver either at home or on-site. The latter is recommended because the waiver will stay on file for your child for a full year if you complete the form electronically. For more specific information on tickets, prices and hours, visit Sector6.us.

When our hour was over, I had two smiling, laughing and, well, sweaty 10-year-olds who were already begging for a return trip to Sector 6. With such high marks from my gang, I definitely see another flight pass in our future. So defy gravity and explore Sector 6!