Birthday Party in Phoenix: Jumper's Jungle Review
By Meg Brunson
There are so many reasons why we love hosting our family's birthday parties at local venues like Jumper's Jungle. My number one reason is that I don't want to have to clean my house twice in one weekend - once before the party and once after the party. But, it's also a really fun way to celebrate for our kids, and their friends love checking out new places and/or visiting old favorites. This past month my youngest daughter turned 3. We had a mix of guests who attended R's party at Jumper's Jungle. Some were psyched to have the opportunity to attend for a private party because they know how amazing the venue is - and others were visiting for the first time.
Jumper's Jungle is conveniently located just off of the 101 at Olive in Peoria, with plenty of parking nearby! Upon arriving, all kids remove their shoes (socks are mandatory) while parents sign waivers, and then the fun really begins!
The party duration is 2 hours and it includes access to the party room, adult-only lounge, and (of course) the jumping jungle! The party can be structured as you see fit, and it includes a personal host who works with you to craft the perfect schedule for your situation. As an example, we decided to jump for 30 minutes, then break for pizza. After the kids finished their pizza they bounced some more, then about 30 minutes later we took a break for cake. After cake we allowed the kids to bounce until there was about 15 minutes left in the party - which allowed us enough time to open gifts and distribute goodie bags before the party ended. Ed, the owner, was our party host and he was great about using the intercom system to keep us on schedule!
The jungle contains 4 big inflatables with basketball hoops, slides, climbing obstacles, and more. Our party guests ranged in age from 3-10, and everyone had an amazing time. There were plenty of balls throughout the playfloor for the older kids to play basketball and a friendly game of dodgeball. The younger kids really were drawn to jumping and sliding more than anything. Though my kids are getting older, I loved that there was a separate baby/toddler area with a play house and soft play toys. I really appreciate when family-focused venues have separate play spaces for kids of different ages and energy levels.
Another thing I check anytime we go to a new venue is the bathrooms. We have 4 daughters, and mama does NOT want to be the only one able to change diapers (yes, my 3-year-old is still in diapers - hopefully not for long though!). Well, Jumper's Jungle for the WIN with a changing table in the MEN'S room, as well as the women's room! It may seem small, but it's HUGE for us!
One thing that we didn't take advantage of this time - but it's totally worth mentioning - is the parent-only lounge. The lounge is located upstairs and is open to the jumping floor, so parents can relax on comfy couches, watch tv, and play pool, darts, and/or cornhole, all while keeping an ear/eye on their kids playing below. The combination of this parents' lounge and the jumping area makes Jumper's Jungle a great venue for family reunions, baby showers, birthday parties (obviously), and more!
One of our first time guests had SO much fun that she booked HER daughter's party there next month - so we are so excited that we get to go back in just a couple of weeks! Jumper's Jungle also offers open play in addition to their private parties, so you don't have to wait for a party to attend! You can learn more about Jumper's Jungle at jumpersjungle.com/peoria/
© 2018 Meg Brunson
Meg is a mommy blogger, Facebook marketer, and much more. She is a mom to four daughters who live in Peoria, AZ and is the local Editor of KidsOutAndAbout Phoenix - helping parents and caregivers find free and affordable things to do with kids, out and about in Arizona! As a former Facebook employee, Meg remains a Facebook addict and handles KidsOutAndAbout.com's Social Media Marketing in addition to providing freelance services for other small businesses on how to best leverage Facebook as a part of their marketing strategy. Meg also hosts the FamilyPreneur Podcast, a podcast for parent entrepreneurs raising entrepreneurial children. Learn more about Meg at MegBrunson.com!