Her eyes are fierce and focused as she aims for the netted enclosure. She steps inside and stares fixedly at the padded mechanical arm making its way toward her, facing it like a warrior. Seconds before it reaches her, she bends her legs and gains air from the trampoline below, sending her soaring above the unyielding arm. A triumphant grin spreads across her face.
She faced the machine and won.
This machine is called Wipeout, and it’s my daughter’s favorite attraction at Soar Trampoline Park. At least for now, that is. Maybe next time it will be dodgeball, or the ninja area (coming soon). After all, there are many activities to entertain both kids at adults at this trampoline park – the only one of its kind in the Joplin area.
Soar is housed in a large grey building tucked behind a strip mall in Webb City, just north of Joplin. It’s the brainchild of Leigh and Danny Schroer, who moved to the area from Louisiana. There, their kids spent a lot of time jumping at the local trampoline parks, and never grew tired of them. Seeing the opportunity to bring a trampoline park to Joplin (Danny’s hometown), they opened the 26,000-square-foot facility in March 2017.
It’s been a hit with the community, especially on the weekends when around 800 jumpers check in to catch some air. My kids have been to the park many times, and my youngest recently had her birthday party here.
So, what does a typical visit to Soar look like?
All jumpers must check in at the front desk and complete a waiver (this can also be done online ahead of time). Jumping sessions can be purchased in 30-minute increments, either on site or online. Also, all jumpers must purchase Soar socks (which you can bring back to use for future visits, like we’ve done).
After you check in, you’re free to soar!
Try out some tricks in the open jump area, where there are 40 trampolines to choose from.
Or test your timing in my daughter’s beloved Wipeout area.
Have you always dreamed of making a slam dunk? The trampolines in the basketball area can propel you to make that dream a reality.
If you come with a group of friends, have some team fun in the dodgeball area, the most popular attraction at Soar. At some point, you may need a break from jumping. That’s when you can dive into Soar’s foam pit!
Coming soon to Soar is a ninja course which will include a foam pit, fidget ladders, and six obstacles.
Parents, you can rest assured knowing that there are employees walking around and watching the jumpers at all times. During busy times, a court monitor is stationed at each activity, too.
If you have little ones and you don’t want them jumping with the big kids, don’t worry. There’s a designated toddler area for kids under age five where they can jump, and also play in a foam pit.
Other Stuff About Soar
If your exercise routine has grown stale, try an ExSOARcise class! Each class is 45 minutes long, and the first one is free.
The park also sets aside time for jumpers with special needs. Contact Soar for more info.
Jumping isn’t just for kids. Many area professional groups book times at Soar for team-building exercises. The park is available for private parties on Mondays and Tuesdays.
There is a party coordinator (aka a birthday party fairy) assigned to each party to ensure that things run smoothly.
You can opt for a birthday table in the midst of the action if you want to watch your kids jump, or you can choose a private room in the back of the building. We booked a private room for my daughter’s birthday, and it was nice having a quiet place for kids to rest (and hydrate), and for the adults to talk.
The kids jumped for the first hour, then they returned to the room for pizza (included in the package). We then opened gifts and ate cake (which I brought in) for the second hour of the party.
If you’re interested in booking a party at Soar, click here.
I’m glad the Schroers brought this park to the Joplin area, giving kids and adults a chance to work off some energy, challenge themselves, and feel the exhilaration that comes with being able to soar.
To read more about my adventures in the area, visit JoplinMOLife.com.