The Hippo


Aug 24, 2019








Launch Trampoline Park. Courtesy photo.

Get out the energy
Where to go and what to do to get some energy out

By Matt Ingersoll

 You don’t have to have a membership or be in a league to enjoy these indoor venues. From basketball courts and batting cages, to scaling rock climbing walls and jumping around in bouncy houses and on trampolines, there are dozens of places around New Hampshire to burn off a little energy and have fun.

Bobo's Indoor Playground
522 Amherst St., Nashua, 718-8721,
An indoor play center featuring playgrounds, inflatables, climbing walls and more.
Coolest feature: Adults are admitted as well to play with their children.
Hours: Open gym hours are Monday through Friday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (closing times vary by day; call for details).
Cost: $8 for walkers, $4 for crawlers, $2 for infants only, and free for accompanying adults and sibling infants.
Concord Sports Center
2 Whitney Road, Concord, 224-1655,
Offers private rentals for its batting cages, indoor field area, and an indoor golf driving range.
Coolest feature: Manager Steve Garrity said the baseball instructors, who offer private lessons in warming up, stretching and pitching mechanics to both baseball and softball players, offer unique professional insights and perspectives. “Matt Tupman, our head instructor, actually played in the major leagues,” he said.
Hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; weekends by appointment only
Cost: Batting cage rentals $20 per half hour and $35 per hour; field rentals $100 per hour and $175 per two hours; indoor golf driving range $7 per person every Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 3 p.m., from December to April.
Cowabunga's Indoor Inflatable Playground
1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 625-8008,
Known as New England's largest inflatable center, Cowabunga's offers open gym hours, private birthday parties and functions and more.
Coolest feature: According to store manager Michelle LaFrance, the Friday Night Fun events offer opportunities for kids to meet their favorite superheroes or television cartoon characters. “We offer the same price admission and it’s something different every Friday,” she said.
Upcoming special events: Princess Parade Night: Friday, Nov. 4, 5 to 8 p.m.
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (parties are normally Fridays, from 5 to 8 p.m.)
Cost: $10 for kids, free admission for all adults and babies.
Evo Rock & Fitness
10 Langdon St., Concord, 715-9171,
Offers indoor climbing for all levels of expertise, in addition to several fitness programs.
Coolest feature: For those new to climbing, beginners’ climbing classes are offered.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $12 child day pass, or $45 monthly pass
The Icenter
60 Lowell Road, Salem, 893-4448,
An indoor two-rink ice skating facility offering open public ice skating, birthday and holiday-themed parties and more.
Coolest feature: Offers ice hockey instructional programs and weekly open ice skating hours.
Hours: Days and times vary depending on rink availabilities.
Cost: $6 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and under, and free for children ages 4 and under.
Jump On In
456 W. Hollis St., #3, Nashua, 883-1135,
An indoor inflatable play center offering weekly open gym hours and private birthday parties and functions.
Coolest feature: JumpShot Basketball, a game of basketball involving trampolines and inflatables.
Hours: Open gym dates and times vary each week; call for details.
Cost: $10 per child, with a $2 discount for multiple children. Adults receive free admission.
Krazy Kids Indoor Play and Party Center
60 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 228-7529,
An indoor play center and party venue offering open gym hours and private birthday parties.
Coolest feature: Friday Night Fun, a weekly event at the Center whose theme changes every week.
Hours: Sunday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: $10 per child, free for adults and infants.
Launch Trampoline Park
17 Tanguay Ave., Nashua, 318-7600,
An indoor trampoline facility offering open jump hours, group exercise classes, private birthday parties and trampoline dodgeball games.
Coolest feature: Several different programs are offered, including Teen Night every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m., Sensory Saturdays, from 9 to 10 a.m. every Saturday specifically for children with special needs, and Friday Fun Deals every Friday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for homeschoolers and preschoolers.
Hours: Open hours are Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3:30 to 8 p.m.; Friday, 12:30 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $16 per hour per person ($10 for each additional hour, $8 for a half-hour, $20 for 1½ hours and $25 for two hours); free for children ages 2 and under.
Nashua Sports Academy
90 Northwest Blvd., Nashua, 402-2258,
An indoor sports facility with basketball courts, a kick and throw wall, an exercise area, eight batting cages and more.
Coolest feature: “We’ve got a HitTrax baseball simulator that takes your data for swings and makes you feel like you’re hitting baseballs at Fenway Park,” Will Horn of the Nashua Sports Academy said.
Hours: Drop-in times are generally 3 to 5 p.m. during the week and vary during the weekend; call for details.
Cost: $10 drop-in rate with signed waiver, or $25 per month or $150 per year.
Nuthin' But Good Times
746 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-2200,
An indoor play center offering mazes, activities, tunnels, slides and more.
Coolest feature: Offers a much more reserved soft-play structure for toddlers and children under 4 years old. Tiny slides, climbing walls and more are also offered for younger kids.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $9 for children ages 4 and older, $5.50 for children ages 3 and under, $2.50 for crawlers and adults, and free for infants.
Party PlayLand
45 Gigante Drive, Hampstead, 329-9444,
An indoor inflatable play center offering open gym hours and birthday parties.
Coolest feature: Private jump times are available at the center by appointment.
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 8 to 11 a.m.
Cost: $10 per child; private jump rates are $125 for up to 10 children.
SkyVenture New Hampshire
100 Adventure Way, Nashua, 897-0002,
Offers indoor rock climbing, skydiving, surfing, a fishpipe water slide and more.
Coolest feature: Three different routes are offered at the climbing wall for people with various levels of expertise.
Hours: All activities start at 2 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Cost: Prices vary from $55 to $105, depending on number of activities and hours spent on each.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
500 Valley St., Manchester, 413-3533,
An indoor trampoline jumping facility offering open jump hours and special time blocks specifically for toddlers.
Coolest feature: Offers several features and events like Glow Weekends, Dodgeball Derby, “sensory-friendly event” hours and more.
Hours: Open jump hours for all ages available Tuesday through Thursday, 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 3 to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 for a half hour, $15 for an hour, $20 for 1½ hours, and $25 for two hours.
SportsZone Indoor Sports
7 A St., Derry, 537-9663,
An indoor sports center offering multi-sport courts for basketball, volleyball and dodgeball, as well as an indoor field for soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, wiffleball, softball and more.
Coolest feature: Manager Ben Tufts said the various parties and events held at the Center, in addition to the way the leagues are run, offers a unique atmosphere. “Something we’re very proud of is being open for the community in those ways,” he said.
Hours: Days and times vary per week; see website or call for details.
Cost: Turf field rental $175 per hour; basketball court rental $75 per hour; batting and softball cages $35 per hour or $20 per half hour; virtual sports simulator $15 for 15 minutes, $25 for a half hour, $35 for 45 minutes, $45 for an hour. You can also pay a $10 drop-in fee for the day and use whatever equipment and space is available during the time you’re there; calling ahead or looking online is recommended for drop-ins.
Vertical Dreams Indoor Climbing Gyms
250 Commercial St., Manchester, 625-6919, and 25 E. Otterson St., Nashua, 943-7571,
An indoor climbing gym with two locations, in Manchester and Nashua. Both offer climbing for all ages.
Coolest feature: Also offers outdoor climbing classes and trips.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: $30 for up to two hours, and $15 per each extra hour.
Village Idiotz Party Rentals Indoor Entertainment Center
Inside the Steeplegate Mall, 270 Loudon Road, Concord, 856-8066,
An indoor play center in the Steeplegate Mall that features bounce houses, a playground, laser tag and more.
Coolest feature: Interactive games like Knockerballs and sumo suit wrestling.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $10 per day for the bounce houses, $10 per 15 minutes, $15 per 30 minutes and $25 per hour for laser tag. 

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