Update, 5/8/12: Sadly, it appears that Trapeze Myrtle Beach is no longer. When the apparatus was removed a few months ago, I assumed it was for the season. After chatting with the owner, I’m under the impression there’s only a small chance it will return for 2012.
If I get different news, I’m update you.
I’m dating myself a little bit here, but have you ever seen that episode of Sex and the City where Carrie goes to a trapeze school (in NYC – who would have thought?!) and instantaneously falls in love with flying? Ever wish you could channel that inner-Bradshaw and do the same? Now you can.
In honor of full disclosure, Trapeze Myrtle Beach is run by a friend to our family, hence my inside scoop. When he told me he was in the beginning stages of opening an honest-to-goodness trapeze school and experience in Myrtle Beach I asked, “You mean like the one in New York City?” He said, “YES! When my wife and I were on a trip in that area a few years back, I had to visit!” The truth is, Paris Zebadua, better and fondly known to many Myrtle Beach families as “Coach Paris”, has been a trapeze artist for 10+ years, even teaching at Club Med resorts. This is more than something he just thought would be a nifty idea. Over the past three months, he has been planning, coordinating, and anxiously awaiting the grand opening, which my family had the pleasure of attending on Saturday.
Trapeze Myrtle Beach is located at 568 George Bishop Parkway (at The X) in Myrtle Beach. It’s directly across from the former Hard Rock/Freestyle Music Park. When we drove up, I was surprised at how big the apparatus was. I mean, I knew it was a trapeze, but I underestimated how tall it would be! I later learned the platform from which you swing is 24 feet off the ground.
As you climb the ladder, you’re harnessed by a belt that’s fastened around your waist. If your foot slips, you don’t fall. Then, when you reach the platform, two more harnesses are attached at each side of your waist on the belt before the harness that was attached while you were climbing the ladder is removed. Never are you unsecured. And I had to truly believe in the safety of it all because…yes…I sent my children up there.
My two daughters, ages 8 and 6, each took a turn climbing the ladder, standing on the platform, and then flying through the air with the greatest of ease. When the 8-year-old came down, she immediately wanted to go again. The 6 year-old had fun, but once was enough. Matters not, both were my heroes! In hindsight, I wish I had been a big girl and done it myself!
Another mom at the event was talked into climbing up and swinging by her 4-year-old. Before embarking up the ladder, she was admittedly nervous. When asked what three words she’d use to describe the experience once back on the ground she said, “exhilarating, breathtaking and FUN!”
Interested yet? Here’s what I love. There’s no commitment. The offerings for this experience range from groups such as birthday parties and field trips, to classes that start at $35 per session. There’s a discount for prepaying for several classes at once, and during the month of June, there is a $30 per class locals’ discount offered to those residing in Horry county and showing a local ID. If it still sounds like too much for a first try, you can always go with their $10 for 2 swings deal. That’s two climbs up the ladder and launches from the platform. My advice is to bring a $20 bill just in case you pull a Bradshaw and find yourself immediately addicted.
All trapeze partakers have to be 4-years or older. There is no height/weight/size limit.
Here’s wishing Trapeze Myrtle Beach huge success. The folks living in and visiting the Grand Strand deserve the opportunity to fly without worrying about a pre-boarding full body scan. I swear the next time I get the chance, I’m DOING IT!!!
You can view more at Trapeze Myrtle Beach’s Facebook page found here. You can contact they at (843) 685-3004 or (843) 685-3003 for additional pricing and scheduling information.
**Since this was published, Trapeze Myrtle Beach was featured on a local morning news program. To see the trapeze team in action, have a look at this great video!
I have also their schedule to share!
Tuesday and Wednesday: 10:30 – 12:00 pm class for all levels, 4:00 – 5:30 pm pay-per-swing, 5:30 – 7:00 pm class for all levels
Thursday and Friday: 10:30 – 12:00 pm class for all levels, 4:00 – 5:30 pm pay-per-swing, 5:30 – 7:00 pm class for all levels, 7:00 – 8:30 pm class for all levels
Saturday: 9:30 – 11:00 am class for all levels, 11:00 – 4:30 pm pay-per-swing, 4:30 – 6:00 pm class for all levels
Sunday: 10:30 – 12:00 pm class for all levels
Classes are all weather dependent. In case of rain or extreme wind, class will be cancelled 1 hour prior to class time. Call (843) 685-3004 or (843) 685-3004 or check their Facebook page for class cancellations.
Wear comfortable workout-type clothes. No baggy clothing or sunscreen/lotions.
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