High-Flying Fun at San Francisco’s House of Air
Everyone’s been telling us how much fun they’ve had at the House of Air, San Francisco’s indoor trampoline park, so we decided that it was high time we paid it a visit. House of Air is located in an historic airplane hangar at Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco, and features 8,000 square feet of trampolines that allow you to jump, fly, flip, and have a blast.
We booked our session online (always a good idea at this busy place, it turns out), and headed south across the Golden Gate Bridge. Unlike some places in San Francisco, there’s plenty of free parking in the area, especially in the large lot adjacent to the beach.
When you go in, sign the waiver if you haven’t already, then check in and get your bracelet. You either jump barefoot, or you can buy a pair of special House of Air trampoline socks to wear for $2. You’ll jump in the Matrix, a large area of 42 interconnected trampolines, which includes the 2X Bowl, a special freestyle trampoline area modeled after a skate park. The House of Air’s staff of Air Traffic Controllers give you a short briefing before your session, and then you’re good to go. You also have access to the smaller Collosseum, a space with 22 conjoined trampolines that’s used for organized sports like trampoline dodgeball.
Overall, it’s a fun and safe environment, as long as you follow the rules. The Air Traffic Controllers are pretty stringent about making sure that everyone has a safe and good time. We first thought that an hour wouldn’t be long enough, but after 60 minutes of non-stop bouncing and flying, both kids were pretty pooped. Needless to say, we all had a great time. It’s a fantastic place to come and play for kids and grownups, too.
Normally, the Matrix is open to kids 7 and older only, but the House of Air offers Junior Geronimo sessions earlier in the day in which kids ages 3–6 can bounce and play, too. Otherwise, there’s a separate Air Junior Bounce House, complete with double sides and climbing walls, available for younger children.
House of Air will also host your birthday party. A wide variety of party packages for kids age 3 and up are offered, and range in price from $18–$40 per participant. Party options include up to two hours of jump time in the Matrix or the Bounce House, a reserved party table or VIP party room, and even video games on a Wii or Xbox 360. Bring your own cake and drinks, or order food from one of their catering partners.
Summer camps are also offered for children 7–12; registration for one-week sessions from June 11–August 17 are underway now. Camp costs $350 per week for half-day (9 am–1 pm) sessions and $600 per week for full-days (9 am–5 pm).
If you go
General admission for the House of Air’s open jump sessions is $16 per hour for those 7 and older, or $28 for two hours. Junior Geronimo sessions for kids ages 3–6 take place Mondays and Fridays from 9 am–1 pm and Tuesday–Thursdayy 11 am–1 pm only, and are $12 per person per hour (adults must accompany and must purchase a ticket; one adult for every three children). Admission to the Bounce House, for kids 3–6, is $10 per hour.
Reservations are highly recommended—sessions often sell our several days in advance—and you can make them online or by calling (415) 345-9675. As with most activities like this, a waiver for each participant is also required, which you can fill out online before you go print and bring in with you.
It’s recommended that bouncers wear long sleeve shirts and sweat pants. Free lockers are available on the main floor. Showers and locker rooms are available as well.
House of Air is located at 926 (Old) Mason Street in the Presidio of San Francisco. Note that it is not located on Mason Street in downtown San Francisco. To get there from Marin, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, making sure to go through the far right toll booth. Take your first right onto Merchant Road and go straight, then turn left on Lincoln Boulevard. Take a left on McDowell Avenue, then turn right at the third stop sign and then left at the next stop sign onto Mason Street. House of Air is the third building on the left.
House of Snacks is House of Air’s on-site café. It serves up Blue Bottle Coffee, a variety of snacks, including Straus soft-serve ice cream, and beverages. Additional food and drink choices at Crissy Field can be found at the Warming Hut a short distance away. You can also bring your own snacks and pinic out on Crissy Field before or after.
For more information on House of Air, visit www.houseofair.com or call (415) 345-9675.