PLYMOUTH — Lindsey Olsen is excited to be breaking into the unique industry of adventure parks.
Olsen and her soon-to-be husband Wes Herold opened Urban Air Plymouth, an indoor trampoline and adventure park, on May 11.
“In a very technology-driven world, we wanted to bring activity and action back to family and kids,” Olsen told Lakeshore Weekly News. “There’s a lot of iPads and video games and things like that and we want to get the kids active again and doing things, family things.”
The indoor park boasts a go-kart track with an upper and lower level; a skyrider, which is similar to a zip line; a warrior course, a children-friendly American Ninja Warrior-type course; a ropes course, where kids are harnessed in high above the floor to complete an obstacle course; a climbing wall; a dodgeball court and at least a dozen trampolines.
Although Urban Air is geared toward kids looking to burn off some energy, it’s set up so parents can enjoy themselves, too. Throughout the park there are massage chairs close to some of the major attractions, which allows parents to keep an eye on their children as they play.
Parents don’t have to stay in the attractions area. They can go to the concessions area that doubles as a bar, with wine and beer available, or conquer the adventure park themselves. Urban Air employees keep a close eye on all the attractions via cameras to make sure all users are safe all the time.
Olsen hopes to start attracting more groups to the park soon, including parties of kids celebrating birthdays or the end of a sports season and corporate groups looking to do team building activities.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, Olsen says, it’s always fun to act like a kid.
Urban Air had great business during its first week of operation, according to Olsen, particularly because of the rain, which drives parents to find indoor activities for their kids that doesn’t include screen time.
Olsen and Herold discovered Urban Air after a friend of theirs took their child to a birthday party at an Urban Air. They then attended an event in Texas for potential franchise owners and from there the ball was rolling.
The duo ended up partnering with Aubrey and Lindsey Hall, who own another Urban Air in Texas, to open the Plymouth location.
Olsen said they picked Plymouth for their location because they wanted to be part of the community some day. They also wanted to be far enough away from the other Urban Air location in Minnesota, which is located in Coon Rapids.
Olsen and Herold started remodeling the former office building/warehouse at 3580 Holly Lane N. in Plymouth last December. They had actually planned on opening a few months ago, but were held up during the construction process.
With the opening of the park, Urban Air Plymouth hired 80 employees. Olsen expects this number to increase as summer starts, saying they will most likely have 120-150 employees.