Airstrike
By LeeAnn Rhoden

AirStrike is all about trampolines, foam pits, giant air bags and as much fun as you can have. This place is truly great fun for all ages. For those who have lived in the Augusta area for more than 6 years, you’ll remember the Augusta  Ice Sports Center. AirStrike took over the property a couple of years ago and it is going strong.

There are trampolines everywhere. Running and bouncing are encouraged and there are specific locations set aside for extreme trampolining. You can try your hand at trampoline basketball. It’s great for hitting those jump shots. If you are more inclined toward dodge ball there’s a whole area set aside for running, jumping and ball throwing – lots of balls. Dodge them if you can!

If you aren’t really a bouncer but more of a “swimmer” there are foam pits everywhere. There the ladder climb, tight rope crossings and gladiator challenge. Watch that you don’t get knocked over or dumped in! If you prefer to add speed and heights there is the zip-line which spills you into the foam pit below. And yes, there is an obstacle course with rock walls, swinging ropes, balance beams and swinging bags all designed to land you in the pit. It’s lots of fun trying to get out and even more fun watching others try.

In the center of the building is the giant air bag. You can jump in from a running start or if you are more daring there is the high dive platform from which you can jump. Land on your backside or your back for safety.

The AirStrike arena is clean, the music is loud and the equipment is in excellent condition. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful but most importantly, they are pleasant. This is a venue more attractive to older children, teens and adults. There are specific times that have been set aside for smaller children to jump. They are, of course, welcome to jump any time but be aware that bigger heavier people bounce with more vigor.

Location: 1249 Augusta West Parkway, Augusta, GA 30909

Budget: Flights are sold in 1 hour, 1.5 hour, and 2 hour increments. A 1-hour flight starts at  $14.00 for ages 7 and up. Under 7 it starts at $11.00. There are different prices for weekend days. Be sure to check their website at www.airstrike.info.

What To Do: Bounce! Try basketball, dodge ball, zip lines, obstacle courses and high dives. Don’t forget to fill out the liability waiver.

If You Go: Wear non-skid socks. If you don’t own a pair, they sell them there for $3.00. There are shoe cubbies for shoes and lockers for purses and valuables.

This article appears in the September 2018 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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