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When Gravitopia Trampoline Arena moved into the Mauldin area two years ago, it was the first trampoline park in the Upstate. Now, it’s expanding its services, undergoing a renovation, and has a new name and logo.

Gravitopia Extreme Air Sports serves all ages and features more than 60 trampolines in its 30,000-square-foot facility, according to Jordan Wade, general manager. Besides an open-jump admission, it now offers an “American Ninja”-style obstacle course, dodgeball, air dunk, trapeze, slack line course, foam pits and aerial silks.

“When we’re done, it will look like a brand-new park,” Wade said.

Phase one of its renovations took place last month, with new padded flooring to increase the safety of the park. This month, renovations will add new obstacles to the ninja course such as a salmon ladder, and the installation of European-style trampolines.

Wade said the park’s new look and features should be complete by the end of January, but the business will remain open during regular business hours. He added that while most of its customer-base is comprised of teenagers and young adults, Gravitopia offers activities for young kids, too.

“We offer KidJump 9 – 10 a.m. weekdays for kids 6 and under only where one parent jumps for free with them,” he said. “We play Disney music the whole time, and it’s a great way to bring the little ones in to let them expend some energy for the day.”

Cost for KidJump is $8 per child for an hour.

The park also holds Family Night from 6 – 9 p.m. Mondays, he said. All members of an immediate family can jump together for one hour for $35.

“It’s a fun way for families to spend time together,” he said. “It’s also cost-effective because if a mom and dad have eight kids, it only costs $35 for the entire family. Our normal admission is $12 per person, so they’d be saving a lot of money and doing something active together that’s fun.”

The park is also available for birthday and slumber parties, which allow kids to enjoy jumping and other activities. A fitness class — great for moms and dads — is also offered 9 – 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Parents concerned about safety need not worry, he said.

“A lot of times when people think of a trampoline park, the first thing they think — if they’ve never been — is ‘oh my gosh, you’re going to hurt yourself.’ That’s because everyone has that experience with either their backyard trampoline or their cousin’s backyard trampoline when they were little. Trampoline parks are so much different.”

Wade said Gravitopia’s trampolines are engineered for safety, feature industry-strength padding and are level. Plus, employees known as the flight crew offer constant supervision and reminders of the park’s safety rules.

In comparison to other sports, including basketball and baseball, statistics of reported injuries make trampoline parks one of the safest outlets for activity in America, Wade said. For example, trampoline parks account for 2 per 1,000 injuries compared to 21 per 1,000 injuries from soccer, according to American Academy of Pediatrics Journal.

“When I was a kid, I dreamed of something like this,” Wade said. “I thought, ‘How cool would it be to have tons of trampolines all connected together?’ It really is a kid’s dreamland here. Kids nowadays it takes a lot to get them away from the Xbox or Playstation. Miniature golf and bowling don’t cut it anymore. They want to be entertained with something better. When they come here and see the 30,000-square-foot facility with the awesome artwork and the layout of the trampolines, this is the kind of thing that’s going to get the kids off the couch and get them being active.”

Gravitopia Extreme Air Sports is open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays with additional hours on weekends. Admission is $12 for one hour for anyone age 7 and older, and $8 for anyone 6 and younger. For more details, visit www.gravitopia.us. The park is located at 48 Brookfield Oaks Drive in Greenville.

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Spartanburg gets new doctor’s office

ReGenesis Health Care has opened a new location in Spartanburg. ReGenesis Health Care Family Practice Health Care Center is located at 460 Langdon Street in Spartanburg near the intersection of Daniel Morgan and N. Pine Street, across from Vic Bailey Ford.

The new practice is opened 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

For more information, call 864-582-2817 or visit their website at www.myrhc.org.

Dress the family dog in a stylish bandanna

A Greenville-based company, Woof Threads, now offers whimsical bandannas for dogs. Started by two Clemson University graduates, Woof Threads bandannas are manufactured right here in Greenville and feature bright patterns, college logos, unique designs, and funny phrases.

Bandannas sell for $20 and are available at woofthreads.com.

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