Revised and updated November 16, 2019.
Trampoline parks are all the rage in recent years and show now signs of slowing down. Savvy entrepreneurs can jumpstart a successful business with a proven model of success with any one
of these 5 best trampoline park franchises of 2020.
Part of why indoor trampoline parks have exploded in popularity is because of the several different and distinct target markets they can serve. Kids love bouncing, so they make for a good family entertainment stream of revenue. But there are also all kinds of exercises that can be done using the trampolines, which make for a whole revenue stream around fitness buffs. And then there are the extreme sports types who can really get their game on with all kinds of crazy competitions, the most popular of which is extreme dodgeball. It’s rare to have this much diversity in different kinds of customers who can be served through one business model.
The first modern trampoline park with interconnected trampolines to create different “courts” or areas appeared in 2004. But even as of 2009 there were only a handful. Then they really caught on and have spread like wildfire since then. There are nearly 1,000 trampoline parks in the US alone.
The one thing that plagues the industry are injuries, and because they’re a relatively recent phenomenon, the parks are largely unregulated. Even with only a few parks in existence in 2010, there were 581 visits to emergency rooms from trampoline parks – a figured that skyrocketed to 6,932 just four years later in 2014. Many of those injuries were quite serious.
In spite of the media highlighting the problems with trampoline parks, many people love going to a place where they can literally bounce off the walls and have all kinds of crazy fun. Different brands go to great lengths to keep coming up with different kinds of attractions, programs, and innovative offerings to keep things fresh.
Here are the top 5 trampoline park franchises of 2020:
1. Sky Zone
Sky Zone was the first franchise on the scene, installing its first trampoline park in Las Vegas in 2004. And its innovative design for trampoline courts is protected by US Patent 5,624,122. New locations of Sky Zone have become profitable in just weeks, which is unheard of in most franchise business models.
Sky Zone locations offer a huge range of programs and activities, but is best known for sponsoring the Ultimate Dodgeball Championship where the top 30+ teams competed for cash prizes. After seven years of success, Sky Zone inexplicably canceled the event, though it say it’s working on other ideas for major competitive events. Its most recent offerings of fun games include Skywars (epic team strategic battles with foam ball or foam dart blasters) and Glow (dance club atmosphere with lasers and black lights).
Founded in 2004 by Rick Platt in Las Vegas and franchising since 2009, the number of locations has expanded rapidly to the current total of 210 (an increase of eight from the previous year’s total of 202), of which nine are company-owned and 46 are located outside the US.
2. Urban Air Adventure Park
Urban Air Adventure Park is squarely focused on kids, youth, and families. Birthday parties have become a core offering, along with the Friday Night Glow Party with lasers, strobes, and black lights. Some locations are incorporating an Indoor Skydiving attraction (a kind of vertical wind tunnel that keeps you suspended in mid-air) and/or an Indoor Sky Rider Coaster (a kind of zip line attraction).
Most locations offer some combination of the following attractions: Trampoline freestyle open jump areas, the Apex (with trampolines on both the floor and walls), Runways (super-long trampolines great for gymnasts, tumblers, and cheerleaders), Dropzone (with giant air bag for soft landings), slam dunk track, trampoline dodgeball arenas, the Urban Warrior Obstacle Course, The TUBES indoor playground, The Warrior Battle Beam, Climbing Walls Indoor Ropes Course, and Arcade.
Founded in 2011 and franchising since 2014, the number of locations currently stands at 97 (an increase of 46 from the previous year’s total of 51), of which two are company-owned and two are located outside the US.
3. Rockin’ Jump
Rockin’ Jump also has a similar focus on kids, youth, families, and fun parties. This chain has introduced a much better food option than other companies with its own Rockin’ Café restaurants with fresh-baked, made-to-order pizzas, sandwiches, salads, pretzels, and beverages.
Attractions include an Open Jump Area for the younger kids, including a pit with foam blocks for soft landings. Other attractions include obstacle courses, X-Beam Jousting, soft-toss Dodgeball Arena, 360 Slam Dunk basketball goal, the Vertical Ops rock-climbing wall, and more.
Two new attractions that feature interactive gaming elements are ValoJump (jumper moves are replicated on the video screen in a game) and ValoClimb (a virtual ball is projected onto the climbing wall and two climbers hit it back and forth to each other as they climb).
Founded in 2010 by Marc Collopy, Drew Wilson, and their families in the San Francisco Bay area and franchising since 2013, the number of locations has quickly risen to 42 as listed on the company website.
4. Launch Trampoline Park
Launch Trampoline Park recently acquired Michigan-based AirTime Trampoline and Game Park with its five locations in the Great Lakes State. Launch takes care to schedule age-specific times for college students, teens, and younger kids. It also offers birthday parties, group exercise classes, and corporate events.
Core attractions include dodgeball, cliffhanger (climbing wall), the Battle Pit, Fury Laser Tag, Paradox VR, and The Challenger obstacle course. There are also areas for Slam Dunk Basketball, the Foam Pit for spectacular acrobatics, and the Kid’s Court for younger jumpers.
Its on-site restaurant concept, Launch Café, includes custom Krave pizzas along with salads and other food items. The Launch Arcade includes video and other games.
Founded in 2012 by retired New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law in Warwick, Rhode Island and franchising since 2013, the number of locations currently stands at 30 (up by 11 from the previous year’s total of 19), of which three are company-owned and all are located in the US.
5. Big Air Trampoline Park
Big Air Trampoline Park has many of the same jumping attractions as other companies, including a primary trampoline court, foam pit, dodgeball area, basketball dunk area, Battlebeam combat, climbing wall, and so on. More innovative offerings include Lazer Maze where players must bounce across a dark room of trampolines and its web of laser beams without breaking any of them. A leaderboard showcases high scores and gameplay action on digital screens for those waiting to take their turn.
Other attractions include ninja-warrior obstacle courses, a wipeout-style attraction, trapezes, ropes courses, and more. There are designated times and areas for the younger children to bounce safely.
Founded in 2012 by Greg Briggs in Laguna Hills, California and franchising since 2015, the company website currently lists seven locations open.
An Important Note About Our Methodology
The franchises on this list were ranked according to the number of units in the franchise system. If you are a prospective franchisee searching for franchise opportunities that meet or exceed certain performance benchmarks for sales, profits, and return on investment, please check out this list of America’s Most Lucrative Franchises.