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Soar Trampoline Park Celebrates Two Years
Article and photos by Savanah Mandeville
Danny and Leigh Schroer, owners of Soar Trampoline Park, have two very important business partners: their two kids.
Daniel, age 9, and Gracie, age 8, played a big part in the planning and preparation of the area’s first trampoline park, located at 1502 S. Madison Street in Webb City.anny and Leigh Schroer, owners of Soar Trampoline Park, have two very important business partners: their two kids.
“We decided from day one to have our children involved with every step possible, from selecting games and colors in Soar, to attending expos with us,” Leigh said. “Their perception on new attractions is different than ours and so helpful!”
In fact, the couple’s idea to open a trampoline park was sparked when they couldn’t tear Daniel and Gracie away from the trampoline parks back in their hometown of Bossier City, Louisiana.
“Danny and I joked about opening a park since we were at one so much anyway,” Leigh said. “It actually sunk in that if it happened, we could work together, be present for our children and their activities, and enjoy more quality family time. Two months later, we found ourselves sitting at our kitchen table watching our children pick out the colors and layout designs for Soar Trampoline Park, one of the names on the list of names for our still hypothetical business venture.”
After that, Danny and Gracie became professional trampoline park critics as their parents took them to different parks and had them name their favorite and least favorite things about each one.
“Wipeout was our son’s selection. At that time, there were only four parks in the U.S. that had it,” Leigh said. “Our daughter helped with the main court and toddler area layout, which were her favorite until the Ninja course was added last year.”
The team effort turned out to be a massive success. Soar has become one of the area’s most popular places for family fun, birthday parties and more. In March, the Schroers celebrated two years in business.
“I think our success has been, without a doubt, because we truly care,” Leigh said. “Our jumpers and their families expect a good time, and we try our hardest to make that happen.”
While most trampoline parks are franchises, the Schroers decided early on to open their own because they wanted the opportunity to create and customize special events for their guests. That’s why they offer birthday parties, Ninja course competitions, dodgeball games, and, this May and June, will host Mother’s Day and Father’s Day events.
The Schroers also wanted to make their park one that was inclusive to all ages and activity levels with sensory and special needs services.
“We saw a need in the community to offer a time where sensory-impaired children and teens got to have the same opportunity as all other jumpers, but with an environment catered to their needs,” Leigh said. “Within the next four months, we are working on sponsors to help support a sensory/special needs night so it can be at no cost to the families of the beautiful children.”
She said they are always looking for new ways to give back to the community.
“We donate gift certificates and birthday packages, but ultimately we want to evolve our donations into larger ideas like college scholarships and youth sponsorships.”
The Schroer family jumped into a new business venture with both feet, and it’s likely this is just the beginning for them.