The Smart Mom’s Guide to Fun Indoor Play Places
Whether it's extreme heat, rain, snow or ice, Oklahoma weather can certainly cause us to seek indoor fun. What’s a smart mom to do to keep her kids entertained and let them burn off energy? The OKC metro offers a variety of places for indoor active play with young children—and here are the details you need to know.
Bouncin Craze & Art-N-Craze
Inflatable paradise awaits children in two locations! The original Bouncin Craze (14901 North Lincoln, Edmond; 405-607-2020) and Bouncin Craze II (9333 West Reno; 405-470-7000) are family-oriented facilities that offer inflatable play structures. “Children love inflatables,” explains Mike Hyde, owner. “Our facilities are family-owned and operated and our own children play as much as any here.”
Safety is a priority at these licensed and insured venues that undergo daily inspections and rigorous cleanings. Clearly posted rules, safety precautions and Floor Guards help parents keep children safe. Socks are required and can also be purchased on site if you happen to arrive without. Approximately 60 different inflatable structures including bounce houses, slides, basketball hoops and obstacle courses rotate between the locations on a regular basis. Open bounce fees are $7.50 for children ages 2 and up.
Parents can expect clean, well-stocked restrooms with changing stations at both locations. An on-site snack bar, game room and free Wi-Fi round out the experience. Grown-ups can relax with ample seating—including massage chairs—as they observe the fun. The Edmond location also offers a climbing wall for older children and an area just for toddlers.
Bouncin Craze II features Art-N-Craze, a space designed for families or groups to enjoy creativity together. The large room with tables and easels has a separate entry price of $7.50 per child over age 2, and allows children the use of markers, crayons, paint, chalk, play dough and other craft supplies. Paint-and-take ceramic and wood projects are available for an additional fee. Bundle Art-N-Craze and open bounce admissions for just $12.50 and enjoy two different experiences in one site.
Family Night is Tuesday from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Admission is $25 and includes admission for two adults and two children, four drinks and a large pizza. Frequent Bounce Passes ($60 for 10 visits) offer savings for multiple visits. Plus, children who purchase Bouncin Craze t-shirts receive a $1 discount on open play whenever they visit wearing their shirt. [Editor’s Note: Print MetroFamily’s Kids Pass to receive one half-priced admission when you purchase a regular admission.]
Both locations are popular party spots that receive rave reviews from patrons. “We have heard from parents that we offer the easiest, least stressful party that they have ever had,” Hyde remarks.
Find fast-paced, family-oriented fun and exceptional value at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th Street; 405-605-2758, www.skategalaxyokc.com). “Roller skating is an experience like no other,” says owner Brian Zortman. “Our environment is high-quality and we strive to offer the next level of entertainment through our state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting effects. Skaters love our popular black-out glow skate and limbo.”
The entire family can learn to skate every Saturday by taking a free lesson offered at noon. No admission fee or additional purchase is required. Skate Galaxy also offers private lessons. For the more adventurous, speed skating is offered on Wednesday evenings. “The best part about roller skating is that it is a healthy activity,” explains Zortman, “Our participants are often having so much fun that they forget that they are also getting exercise. Our goal is for kids to learn roller skating at a young age so we can continuously promote values of being active and healthy.”
Admission is $10 and includes regular skates. Participants can bring their own skates, or skate rentals are available from toddler size 8 through adults. For the smallest guests, adjustable skates that fit over shoes are available. Every pair of skates is routinely inspected and treated with an odor-control and sanitization product after each use. In-line skates are available to rent at an additional charge. There is also an on-site Pro Shop that sells a variety of skates and equipment. Looking for a great deal? Buy skates (priced at either $59 or $69) and receive free skating admissions up to the purchase price of the skates.
Skaters who need help navigating can rent a skate trainer device to help them balance as they roll around the rink. The rink’s Floor Guards skate alongside patrons to ensure that rules are being adhered to and to assist with skaters that fall. “Every staff member wears a whistle to alert others to safety notices,” Zortman says. “We also have video and audio surveillance in place so we are constantly monitoring safety.”
In addition to roller skating, patrons can enjoy arcade games, air hockey, a billiards table, skee ball, basketball shooting and foosball. Free Wi-Fi and lockers are available. Relax on seating around the rink or at the snack bar, which will soon boast a full pizza kitchen.
The facility upholds a rigorous cleaning and maintenance schedule and receives frequent praise about the cleanliness of restrooms. Expect impressive, friendly customer service even during busy times, when employees even direct traffic to available parking.
Saturday afternoon is the most popular skate session, while Sunday afternoons usually offer a more relaxed, lower key atmosphere. Double your fun with a special promotion that offers free admission on Sunday to those who attended the Saturday session. In every skate session, adults skate free with a paying child.
Jump!Zone Party & Play Center
Jump!Zone Party and Play Center (10400 South Western, 405-200-1691, www.jumpzoneparty.com) offers inflatable slides, obstacle courses and bounce houses in the metro’s largest indoor inflatable play space. “What makes our facility special and fun is the value we offer families, plus all the healthy exercise kids get in a safe, fun environment,” comments Rachel Odom, owner.
Open play admission to this spacious facility is $7 Monday through Friday and $10 on Sunday. Odom says the best time to visit with small children is Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 10:30am to 3pm. Family night is Thursday and offers admission for two children and adults, a large pizza and 2-liter of soda for $25.
Ample seating is found throughout the play area, including a massage chair. An on-site snack bar offers variety and convenience. In addition to the inflatables, two climbing structures with rope ladders and slides are also available for active play. Air hockey, a television and an arcade space supplement the fun.
“Moms appreciate having a space where little ones can be contained and play. No one can run off or get lost,” explains Odom. The inflatable structures are inspected daily and undergo rigorous cleanings. Disinfection at the entire facility occurs during the day as needed and a deep cleaning process occurs after close each night.
A popular spot for parties, parents frequently comment on how they enjoy all the party assistance provided by Jump!Zone. Looking for special offers and savings? Join Club JZ to enjoy discounts by email or print a $2 off coupon at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/coupons.
Unpluggits Playstudio (575 Enterprise Drive, Edmond; 405-340-7584, www.unpluggits.com) offers amix of both art fun and active play for the whole family. “Families enjoy coming to Unpluggits because there is something for everyone to do,” explains Jake Keyes, manager.
Paint’n Play daily admission is $7 for ages 18 months to 10 years and re-entry is permitted for the same day. Paint’n Play includes access to easel painting, play dough, chalk tables, stamping, stenciling, cutting and pasting in the large, kid-friendly art area. For an additional fee, hands-on crafts are available, including paint-your-own pottery, paint-and-take projects, and garden stones. The art area is also a space for older children and adults to get creative. Mom can paint a ceramic masterpiece or relax and enjoy free Wi-Fi while the kids burn off steam at the indoor playground area, which is clearly visible thanks to low walls and large windows. Ages 11 and up can enter the facility for free and just pay for crafts.
The indoor playground includes a multi-level play structure, air hockey, foosball, sand table, train table and dress up. The playground is disinfected nightly and deep cleanings are performed weekly. Ample seating is available inside the playground for adults as well.
Snacks and drinks can be purchased on site but you are also allowed to bring in your own food. The facility is a popular site for parties and offers flexible party scheduling.
Planning a visit with little ones? “The best time to play with younger children is in the mornings when we first open at 10am,” Keyes suggests. Story time is offered on Wednesday mornings and features a story and craft for young children.
A 10-visit pass is available for $55 and includes 10% discount off all crafts. You can also save by bundling a paint’n take project with your daily admission. Discounts are given if you bring in shoe boxes or paper bags for Unpluggits to reuse to package art projects. [Editor’s Note: Print MetroFamily’s Kids Pass to receive $1 off admission.]
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