LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The building that used to hold a movie studio is now the home of a park that keeps kids and grown-ups moving, and out of the summer heat.
The previous home of Sanborn Studios has been converted into a vast trampoline park, with 13,000 square feet of jumping area.
Jumpin' Fun Sports, 7321 Trade Court, in the Lakewood Ranch Corporate Park, celebrated its grand opening Saturday.
"I think it's great that the park is in Lakewood Ranch because it's a great up-and-coming community with a lot of families," said director of marketing and public relations Stevie Taylor.
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With a capacity of 105 jumpers at a time, the facility is the first of its kind in the area, owner Brett Morrow said.
"The trampoline park industry started in 2004 and has been growing ever since," Morrow said.
Families can enjoy birthdays and special events, as well as calorie-burning fitness classes.
"Usually people take advantage of the private rooms for birthday parties and the high-intensity fitness classes on the trampolines," Morrow said.
According to Morrow, five minutes of jumping is equivalent to a one-mile run and one hour in a fitness classes can burn as many as 1,000 calories an hour.
"This attraction is really a place for family, fun and fitness," Morrow said.
There is a concession stand with variety of snacks, drinks and pizza to help refuel customers.
Morrow came up with the concept after some research. He found an existing trampoline park in Tampa. He loved the concept and decided Lakewood Ranch could use one as well.
"The idea birthed at the end of October of 2012 and took six months after that to get the place ready," Morrow said.
The building, he said, was tailor-made for the new business.
"I was lucky that the shell of the building was already there with 80 tons of air conditioning already installed," Morrow said. "So I didn't really need to
do much, so that's why it didn't take that long to get the place going."
Children aren't the only ones eager to get their jump on. Morrow has seen people of all ages come through the door to take advantage of the jump sessions that cost $12 an hour, $20 for two hours, or $100 for 10 sessions.
Morrow has plans for special events, too. Dodgeball nights, family nights and team nights are also on the drawing board.
He also plans to make Thursday nights "spirit nights," where Jumpin' Fun will support fundraisers for area schools.
Adding to the fun, Morrow installed a coordinated sound and lighting system. The high-definition TVs with comfortable couches make it easier on waiting parents.
"This park is just fantastic because it gets all their energy out and most times I have to pull my kids out of here," said Cherlyn Sommers, who was there with her two children.
Jumpin' Fun's safety attendants, along with surveillance cameras, help create a safe environment.
Jumpin' Fun Sports is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. To purchase tickets ahead of time, call 941-388-JUMP or visit www.jumpinfunsports.com.