Having teens sometimes means that as they get older it can be harder to find family friendly activity locations that they all will enjoy, and won’t break the bank.
The facility is free to enter so you can even stroll through and see if there is something you would like to do. They have individual pricing for the different attractions, but I’m not sure why you would do it that way when they also offer all day wristbands at three different age / pricing levels.
The lower level includes only the rides suitable for the wee little ones (Chaperones are free), like the Jumping Bag or the Ball-O-City (little jealous of the little kids on this one – they get to shoot balls at each other, and use air drop tubes to send balls from one level up to the next one). The next level included the previous level and adds in the Roller Coaster and the XD Theatre (and more). Finally the last level, the Need 4 Speed wristband includes it all (except bowling & the trampoline park). So you can hop onto the go karts as often as you would like, or look down at your friends from the heights of the Ropes Course. Knuckleheads also offers discounts to locals. Overall I’d say splurge on the all day Need 4 Speed pass if your kids are into go Karts and heights.
The Trampoline Park and the Cosmic Bowling are separate pay to play attractions. Included in the trampoline park is Slam Basketball Hoops in 3 different heights, the lower heights were kept pretty busy while we were there. The tallest hoop provided a challenge even for our tall teens so there really was something for each of them, just no hanging off the hoops after you dunk, and with the trampoline below you there is no need to worry about trying to stick the landing. You can just go for it.
If you aren’t feeling your Air Jordan moment, how about getting out a little family revenge and square off against each other in some trampoline dodge ball. Thankfully this game is well supervised by a very “on the ball” encouraging and entertaining staff member; otherwise the two of our boys may have let the competitive spirit overtake them. The trampoline and padding allowed for some pretty cool matrix level dodges.
Of course if balls and jumping combined together isn’t your jam, then step over to the open jump trampolines. You can literally bounce off the walls, and it’s more of a work out than you would expect. Old or young as you are bouncing along like Tigger you will be laughing and smiling and not realize just how many muscles you have used until you step back onto solid ground.
If you are like me and ever did a jump as a kid into a foam pit, you will remember getting stuck and struggling to “swim” your way back to the edge. Or worse still having it eat a sock and trying to find it. None of that is an issue with the Big Air Bag(a new feature), which is my personal favourite. Just jump and let yourself flop into the Air Bag, then walk (or crawl) on the top and do it again.
You will need grip socks to do any of the trampoline park, they are required and can be bought there for around $3. Then you have a colourful souvenir of your visit after the fact, or can re-use if you are coming back for more.
Buy your 60 mins of jump time for after 8pm and you will get an extra 30 mins. Everyone will sleep well after that. Also if you are looking to save time in line when you get there, fill out your waiver form for you and your family online ahead of time. Plus you can book your jump time online as well.
One small issue for us was that the bins for leaving your footwear in when entering the Trampoline park are a bit on the small size. It barely fit my hiking shoes and our son’s big footed shoes were hanging out, plus dad’s footwear had to sit off to the side. Mind you it sadly didn’t look like too many parents were taking the jump themselves, so it’s likely not a problem that affects too many.
Knuckleheads arcade has a variety of games some that will give you tickets that can later be turned in for prizes. If you have kids you have likely spent a mint in a few places like this before. The prizes that at the end of the day the kids usually go home with is candy and junky little pieces of plastic. I have to say I was genuinely impressed with what I saw at the redemption centre. Yes there was candy and some smaller trinkets, but overall the quality and variety was way better than what we have run across.
If you have a chance to hit the XD theatre I’d say go sit down and try it. We left it up to the operator to pick which movie for us, and he had us racing through a derelict mine shaft. You watch a 3D style movie while your chair responds with motion to what it going on, putting you right into the action. Two issues, one being that the glasses leave the visuals less than clear (not much 3D difference between glasses on or off – and we did this one twice), and are reused between rounds and were not cleaned (disinfected) for us, the other issue that the handles on the side of the seats are sticky. If you can let those two go (I just avoided holding the handles as much as possible – I hate sticky) the ride was quite fun. Our personal favourite was when the giant Indian Jones inspired ball started rolling towards us, we really felt like we started racing backwards away from it. There were several other choices in movies to watch so again something for each level.
If your kids get thirsty running from one end to the other there are water fountains available as well as of course places to order food and drinks. We ended up having a couple of 5 meat pizzas and sat overlooking the bowling area. It was a nice way to reconnect with the family who had all gone their separate ways after the trampoline park. The pizza was ready in good time, delivered to us with our pitcher of pop and cups. I loved the dark polished wood look of the area, along with all the sport gear and of course if you need to keep up with the game, the tv’s are on around the bar. With a good variety of games going on, there are options.
The pizza crust but was cooked to a perfect crisp, with lots of toppings and a generous amount of gooey cheese. The cheese itself was very tasty (yay Wisconsin Mozzarella). We did find the amount of sauce to be a little sparse, although the cheese somewhat made up for that. Overall it was a pretty decent and flavourful pizza that satisfied and filled the kids and us up nicely, before going back to the attractions. Safe to say we would order it again, but would ask for it to be saucey.
I could see that on a busy day seating may be difficult to find, especially since it looks like some parents camp out at a table or leave their stuff there to hold their place and yet never sit there. But when we were there we didn’t have any issue and in fact liked that the seating was spread out and not one on top of each other. That parents could if they wanted sit and watch the kids at play (or the game).
Knuckleheads is also directly attached to Buffalo Phil’s Pizza & Grille, you can stay indoors and walk between one and the other. So a combined day of dinning out and all day game play would be easy to do.
There is enough here especially with the Trampoline Park and the Cosmic Bowling and of course the Arcade to keep teens interested. There really is something fun for the whole family to do and enjoy, in any weather. They also have theme room party spaces available.
I do wish they had an Instagram page for the teens and us to share and tag while there. One thing that we didn’t end up noticing while there because we were all so busy having fun, was if there is wifi available. Which in itself says a lot, but of course wifi is also always nice, making posting your trampoline jumps to twitter easier and faster.