This really doesn’t need to be complicated: If you enjoy jumping up and down as much as I do, you’ll enjoy South America’s largest trampoline park as much as I did. And if you enjoy South America’s largest trampoline as much as I did, your legs will later feel as though they had been beaten with bats, as mine did.
Two hundred pesos will buy you an hour of jumping at Rush BA, but the true price of a bone-shaking afternoon spent crashing a child’s birthday party is to know, once and for all, that you are old. (Shit—I went and complicated it.)
Rush BA is out in Pilar, but getting there is a cinch if you catch the Pilar Express bus outside the Rural near Plaza Italia. The bus costs 32 pesos each way and will drop you off right in front of the trampoline park —which you can’t miss because it says “Rush” in huge letters. Unfortunately, my photographer and I made the mistake of getting off one stop too early, so we spent about half an hour trudging along the side of the highway.
After the forced march across asphalt and broken glass, I was happy to trade my shoes for the dope neon-green jumpy socks I received when I confirmed my reservation at the front desk. The place was full of noise and people, but the staff was without exception friendly, professional, and quick about getting us squared away. I almost forgot I was in Argentina.
After having a quick look around and exchanging impressed looks with each other, we pulled off our shoes, put on the neon space socks, stashed our stuff in the lockers and cubbies provided, and got to it. That’s where I screwed up. You need to stretch first, people! You may be surrounded by six-year-olds, but don’t kid yourself — you’re an aging, rickety mess. But don’t let that stop you! You’ve already signed the waiver —might as well get out there and tear yourself up.
As I have mentioned, there were young kids everywhere, and I’m proud to report that during my visit to Rush BA, I didn’t damage a single child. But if you’re old enough to order off the adult menu when you eat out, I would encourage you to go jumping later in the evening; on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Rush is open until midnight.
Before I got to the park, I had envisioned nothing but a bunch of trampolines laid out over a wide area—and that sounded good enough to me! But as it turns out, there’s a delightful array of activities to keep you springing from one end of the park to another, sweating and giddy and tripping and falling but not caring, because this is seriously fun.
Obviously, there are indeed a bunch of trampolines of varying sizes and shapes, and that is where I spent most of my time. I mean, when was the last time you got to do a backflip? I did about a hundred, and felt pretty cool in front of the kids — oh, they saw my skills — until I was too weak to stay on my feet anymore and it was no longer cool because my knees kept buckling.
So what else is there to do at Rush, besides “just” jumping up and down? Time for a photo/caption show & tell!
There was also dodgeball, a revolving “ninja” obstacle, and more, but I wore myself out in short order and didn’t want to risk being made a fool of by the children participating. (Not that bashing one of them in the face would have been better.)
You will work up an appetite, so there is a dining area as well. It is set off from the main park by a waist-level gate, and was predominantly inhabited by adults holding cameras and generally having a restful blast watching their kids do all the work. I have little doubt that some were keeping a wary eye on me as well.
A Few Tips:
This place is an extremely popular destination right now (and with good reason), so to make sure you get the most out of your trip, I urge you to call ahead and make a reservation. You can also save yourself some time by filling out the liability waiver online before you get there.
Speaking of getting there, I recommend the 57 Pilar Express. It leaves about every 20 minutes from in front of La Rural where Sarmiento meets the Plaza Italia Circular. The trip takes almost exactly one hour, so if your trampoline appointment is for 1:00 PM, you should be at the bus stop by 11:30 to be absolutely sure nothing goes wrong. As I said above, the bus will drop you right in front of it, and it costs 32 pesos each way — so make sure those Sube cards are charged!
If you have young children — like, really young — soon they’ll have a special time set aside so they can enjoy the park at their own pace.
The place also plans to offer just-for-adults exercise classes thrice weekly, on weekdays, so check the website for updates on that front.
And please don’t forget to stretch.