Update: Sky Zone will officially be open today beginning at noon. Sky Zone Little Rock announced via Facebook at about 10:15 a.m. that the indoor trampoline park would be open for business beginning at noon Friday, May 30. 

Chris Avery saw Sky Zone on the Travel Channel, and immediately looked it up online to see where the closest one was located. He saw that the company was franchising and began the process of opening a Sky Zone of his own.

Avery is preparing to open his second franchise in Maumelle. His first location is in Memphis, Tenn., and he’s purchased the rights for several other markets including Nashville and Chattanooga Tenn., Huntsville, Miss., and Birmingham, Ala.

Avery’s brand new 25,000-square-foot facility in Maumelle will include an open jump court, three Ultimate Dodgeball courts, a SkySlam basketball court; SkyRobics exercise program and a foam zone.

The all-trampoline walled courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as open jump, which offers a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit; Ultimate Dodgeball, a fresh new take on that favorite childhood pastime; SkySlam, which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball like the pros; and SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour. Freestyle fliers can also practice their moves as they soar into the giant foam zone.

Sky Zone describes the experience as "awesome, healthy fun."

"Since our inception in 2004, Sky Zone has entertained, excited and evolved family entertainment while infusing active fun into a healthy lifestyle," said Jeff Platt, president of Sky Zone LLC. "As we look to expand in Central Arkansas, we are pleased to offer residents a new twist on recreational activities."

Avery said jumpers get great exercise without realizing it. Constantly in a state of movement, 30 to 50 percent more energy can be burned at a trampoline park, Avery said, than compared to conventional exercise.

"The best comments I get are from adults who bring their kids and jump as a family," Avery said. "I get people who are in shape and out of shape both say it’s great exercise with a lot of health benefits."

Like all sports, Avery said, jumping on a trampoline comes with some risk. All jumpers must sign a participant agreement, release and assumption of risk waiver before entering the Sky Zone facilities.

With safety in mind, Sky Zone adheres to a strict set of rules. Jumpers are always separated by size.

"We don’t allow a 200 pound man to jump next to a six-year-old little girl," Avery said.

Each court is separated into a grid with one jumper in a square at a time. The foam zone and SkySlam are separated into lanes also allowing only one jumper per lane.

The trampoline park as a whole has a capacity limit of 148 jumpers. When the park is full, customers must wait until space is available to jump.

Sometimes the wait can be as long as five hours, Avery said, but we want to eliminate as much frustration as possible.

The best way to guarantee jump time is by purchasing time online, in advance, Avery said. Avery suggests arriving 30 minutes prior to the scheduled jump time to sign waivers and be fitted for SkySocks.

SkySocks, cotton blend with grips on the bottom, are $2 and must be worn by jumpers at all times.

Sky Zone sells jump time in 30-minute intervals starting at a 30-minute jump for $10 all the way up to a 120-minute jump for $25. Purchasing jump time online, in advance saves a few dollars.

This summer, Sky Zone will host late-night events for teens and adults each Friday and Saturday from 9-10:30 p.m., which includes a 90-minute jump, music and a meal for $20.

SkyRobics classes will also be offered this summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m., as well as Dodgeball Derby on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m.

During the fall, Avery plans to offer Toddler Time and Homeschool Hop as a physical education opportunity.

Sky Zone is available for every kind of outing, including birthday parties, dodgeball tournaments, fundraising events, corporate team building and memorable class field trips.

The franchise has been awarded various accolades, including being ranked No. 180 on the Inc.’s 2013 500/5000 List, "Best Gym Alternative" by Vegas Seven Magazine, "2012 Locals Choice for Kid’s Birthday Party" by Southbay Magazine and one of Entrepreneur’s 2013 "Fresh Concepts Livening Up Franchising."

Avery said everything on the inside is ready to go, and with a few final details on the parking lot, Sky Zone will be open for business.

The Central Arkansas’ park will be located at 400 Sharkey Dr., Suite 1 in Maumelle. Sky Zone welcomes jumpers of any age, shape or physical ability for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Sky Zone will make an official announcement of their grand opening through social media. Sky Zone can be found on Facebook at Facebook.com/skyzonelittlerock.

For more information on Sky Zone, including career opportunities, please visit www.skyzone.com/littlerock or call the Maumelle location at (501) 229-9029.

(Staff writer Michelle Corbet can be reached by email at michelle.corbet@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1215. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)