FryDay’s will open Bermuda’s first trampoline park in Dockyard on Monday.
Trampoline parks are growing in popularity around the world. The International Association of Trampoline Parks has estimated there were about 50 million North American visits to the parks in 2016.
FryDay’s opened its doors two years ago in Bermudiana Arcade and has now expanded to a trampoline park at North Basin Building, on Sale Loft Lane, which is behind the Clock Tower Mall in Dockyard.
Vic Ball and Mstira Weeks, the owners, said the original FryDay’s in Hamilton was a restaurant which transitioned last year into a playtime zone.
“We have slides, games, and a little trampoline in the playtime zone location, we noticed that most of the children gravitated towards the trampoline and that’s when the idea came to mind to start a trampoline park for all ages,” Mr Ball said.
Once they found the Dockyard location, they knew they wanted it and moved in a few weeks after signing the papers.
“When we first moved in, it was a blank space,” Ms Weeks said. “We put up curtains, pallet walls and the trampoline.”
The large space houses a trampoline that can hold a maximum of 50 people, an area with arcade games, joust, dodge ball, basketball nets, a foam pit and cannon ball.
The trampoline will also glow in the dark and has a DJ booth.
“The DJ will be here for glow nights, but on the days he is not, he will create a play list for us,” Ms Weeks said.
In addition to the trampoline and arcade games, there will also be a mini bowling area. “The mini bowling is custom built to look like an old ship. You bowl with cannon balls, so when you bowl smoke comes out of it. It is called Fryday’s fort.
“It will have a treasure chest with a map locating us as one of the forts in Bermuda. We are just playing it off Bermuda history,” Ms Weeks said.
Having a natural creative flare, Ms Weeks designed the concepts. “I designed the trampoline park along with the manufacturer, the concept and the colours and chairs,” she said.
Mr Ball stressed the focus is on family entertainment and that the business will not tolerate bad behaviour.
They will serve foods and non-alcoholic drinks. The foods that will be served are a double-decker cheese sandwich, grilled chicken burger, vegetarian and regular haystacks, hot dogs, sherbet and milk shakes.
The park is available to all age groups and every individual must sign a waiver on their website prior to attending.
“Our standards and procedures are the same as the trampoline parks overseas,” Mr Ball said.
Ms Weeks would like to give a huge thank you to her husband, Shane Weeks, for all his hard work and support.
“My husband owns TCS Electric and he has done everything for us. He built the pallets, he fixed the electrical games for the children, every idea we had, he was there to make it work. He supported me 110 per cent.”
Trampolines can be used to keep fit as well.
“We are in talks with a few people now about the exercise classes on the trampoline. You can burn up to 1,000 calories jumping on it,” she said.
The pair wanted to stress that the prices are very comparable to those in the US.
Opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 11am to 9pm, and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.