Sergei Sachek has four active children, three boys and a girl ranging in age from 4 to 17. While they’re involved in sports, Sachek said it’s always been a challenge to keep them interested in other activities. The family eventually discovered a trampoline park in Everett. So when Sachek, who worked in the financial industry, was looking to buy a business and found Launch Franchising, he jumped on it, so to speak.
As Fun Dynamics LLC, Sachek opened Launch Trampoline Park in Methuen on Feb. 13.Norwood, Springfield, and Watertown are among the 15 locations and there is also an indoor park in Nashua.
We talked with Sachek, 46, of Charlestown, and general manager Alan Wright, 33, of Kingston.
Q. Why Methuen?
Sachek: The area didn’t have this kind of business. We found a great building [96A Milk St.] in a great location right off routes 495, 93, and 213.
Q. The facility?
Sachek:The building has 30,000 square feet of space, with more than 15,000 feet of connected trampolines and angled trampoline walls. It also has an arcade, café, and private party rooms. It’s available for birthday parties, fund-raisers, toddler time, teen nights, and private events.
Q. Regular offerings?
Sachek:Open jump time [$15 an hour], group exercise classes, trampoline dodgeball and basketball, and a foam pit.
Sachek:A way for kids to engage in fun, healthy activities. They burn calories, get more confident, and it increases social activity.
Q. Most popular?
Sachek: Trampoline dodgeball. We have two extreme dodgeball courts. Also basketball: fourlanes where kids can jump on a trampoline and make a dunk.
Sachek:Four and up. I’ve seen people 60 years old jumping here. Families come and jump together. It’s suitable for all fitness levels and safety is a priority.
Q. Other customers?
Wright: A lot of cheerleaders and gymnasts come to practice tumbling.
Sachek:171 customers at once.
Sachek: We need a lot of hourly workers and we give jobs to local people. We have 100 new employees who work in shifts. A lot are high school seniors or college students. They love it because there’s so much energy.
Sachek:Joey, a 7-foot-tall green kangaroo mascot, who’s in charge of fun at the park.
Q. At the end of the day?
Wright: The best thing is when you hear a guest say, ‘We’ll be back.’ ”