Stella Downie likes to play. Which means she likes to have fun.
You and your kids can bounce, dip, dodge, duck and dive with her on Wednesday, Dec 26, when she opens her third Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in East Providence – the first one in Rhode Island.
The all-trampoline playing courts are located at 70 Pawtucket Ave. in a brand new addition to a long warehouse-like building just east of Pawtucket in the Rumford section of East Providence. She's opening the park just in time for school vacation week.
“People don’t know how to play any more,” said Downie, who also owns Sky Zone parks in the Hyde Park section of Boston and Everett, Mass.
She started looking at Rhode Island for a park because “we had a lot of Providence customers coming up to Boston.”
Downie introduced her latest Sky Zone at an event for friends and family of employees last Friday. From what I saw, it doesn’t seem possible not to have fun at the all-trampoline facility. And to burn some calories, too.
“More than 1,000 calories an hour,” she said. “You can play and get fit at the same time.”
Downine must have a physical fitness pedigree, right? Nope, she said.
“I used to own a toy store,” she said. “I sold it to get the money for this.”
Before owning the toy store, Downie said, she worked with a nonprofit organization for youth.
Sky Zone jumpers, divers, and dodgers are separated by size, she said. Each one gets their own square of trampoline separated by blue bumpers. There is even a toddler trampoline.
It’s pretty obvious that Dowine, who has three children of her own, ages 15, 13, and 9, likes kids. But Sky Zone is for anyone.
“We have an 85-year-old in Everett,” she said. “It’s not just for kids.”
Everyone must sign a liability waiver and get a briefing on the rules. You must wear special Sky Zone shoes – part of the admission price, which ranges from $8 to $20 depending on how long you want to have fun.
There are special “toddler times” too, she said. Kids who walk up to 40 inches tall can take part in those times with the entire family.
You can check out Sky Zone at skyzoneprovidence.com. And see the short video and photos above to get a quick look.