Update: As of September 2022, GAR South has permanently closed for business.
Gymnastic Academy of Rockford has been a Rockford staple for more than 75 years! They offer a ton of opportunities for kids to get moving, stay healthy, build strength, and socialize. Besides gymnastics, cheer, and ninja classes, they also have a full trampoline park located in Cherry Valley next to CherryVale Mall.
GAR South was the first trampoline park in the area and has been in business since 2014. They offer four different areas to enjoy trampoline fun as well as a ninja gym course.
The smallest jumpers can enjoy sectioned trampolines with safety netting enclosing them so they can’t fall or run into other kids. If they don’t want to jump, they can also play on equipment including a castle, airplane see-saw, and climbing dome.
The main attraction is the large trampoline room. This includes many sections of trampolines where families can spread out and jump. There are also trampoline ramps that allow kids to do tricks or just run up and slide down. There is also a box in the center of the trampoline park that kids can jump from or slide down. The main room also includes a basketball hoop area.
If your kids want to take a flying leap into a foam pit, they can do that too! The second trampoline room includes both a foam pit and a large dodgeball area. Kids can jump from the trampoline into the foam pit and pretend to “swim” through. Be careful with your socks, the foam pit likes to eat them! The dodgeball area has two sections with netting between so that many kids can play dodgeball at the same time. They are a variety of Nerf-style squishy balls in the play areas that don’t hurt when they hit you.
You can also try your skills at the ninja gym course. This course is in a separate room from the trampoline areas. It includes a warped wall with a slide to go down once you’ve gotten to the top, a rock climbing wall, monkey bars rings, hanging obstacles to climb around, and more. The floor is also bouncy in certain areas so you can run and jump higher.
They hold open jump hours throughout the week. Jump sessions are 90 minutes long and start every 30 minutes. You can also buy a monthly unlimited jump pass for only $39.
GAR South has specials throughout the week including Parent and Tot Open Gym on Wednesdays from 10 am – 12 pm for kids 6 and under. There is also a homeschool open court on Wednesdays from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm.
If you want the whole place to yourself, you can rent the facility for $299. Their birthday party package includes 2 hours of jumping and a $5 gift card for each guest.
Address: 1949 S Bell School Rd., Cherry Valley, IL
Open Jump Hours: Mondays: Closed
Tuesdays – Fridays: 3:30 pm – 9 pm
Saturdays: 11 am – 9 pm
Sundays: 11 am – 5 pm
Pricing: $10 for 90 minutes (people under 46 inches tall)
$15 for 90 minutes (people over 46 inches tall)
Specials: Two for Tuesdays: Get two for the price of one
Unlimited Jump Wednesdays – Jump all day for $15
Thankful Thursdays – Donate a can of non-perishable food and jump for $6
Good to know before you go:
- Fill out the waiver form online to save time. You can fill it out here.
- You don’t need special socks to jump, but you can buy some there for $3.
- You can bring in your own drinks or food, but you must eat and drink in the lobby.
- There are bathrooms and vending machines at the facility.
- Masks are not required when jumping.