My husband came into a little bit of extra money this past week and promised the grandchildren that he would take them to Jump City in Belton, MO. Jump City for those that don’t know, is one large space full of bounce houses of various sizes plus some party rooms and some games. This is a kids paradise!
Well, we loaded the kids up Monday and headed out. They were so excited that could barely stand it. We pulled up and I started to get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. There were no cars in the parking lot. Yes, they were closed. Try to explain to a 2 year old and a 7 year old why you just broke your promise. Not fun! Since the website listed pricing for Mon. – Thursday this was unexpected.
Okay, Grandpa to the rescue we would go to McDonald’s and try Jump City again on Saturday. After Grandma tried to convince them that would be great because they would then get to go to two places, things did start to settle down.
Finally, Saturday rolls around and we get to go on this much anticipated outing. But before we leave the house we had their parents sign a very ominous waiver just in case our signature wouldn’t work. When we got there we also signed the safety waiver and had to include ourselves in case we had to go in after the children. We did sign the waiver but I am not entirely sure that a person wouldn’t be wise to consult an attorney first because you are basically signing away all rights if you or your child gets hurt or even killed as the waiver points out. (Totally your choice.)
Okay so we are in. We had planned to get the package where you have pizza and get some game tokens and of course get to play in the bounce houses. We didn’t because it didn’t look like there was anywhere to sit. After looking at the wording on the website, it appears that you might be considered a party even with only two children and need to use a party room. That would actually work out well.
In any case, the kids were so excited we would never have gotten them to sit down anyway! Socks and shoes off, into the cubby holes and off they go. This is like letting a kid go in Disney Land because there is so much for them to do. There are all kinds of bounce houses. There is a princess one at the end where the little kids are supposed to play.
And a Princess Castle also at the little kids end of the building.
And then things start to get much bigger toward the middle and the other end of the building. I believe this is a robot of some sort. Correct me if I am wrong. All I know is the kids loved it and had a great time.
But there is more….
Tons of fun!
This is as you head toward the bigger kids area and you can see there are quite a few bounce houses.
So hands down the kids would rate this 5 stars across the board. What isn’t to love when you are a kid?
But Grandma and Grandpa are adults and we see things a little differently. This would be our rating:
There are signs that say “No running.” but nearly all of the kids are running — fast! It became apparent really quickly that it was not safe to let the little one play without being right beside her.
The website indicates there is a toddler play area. I mistook that to mean that it was in some way separate from the bigger kids and that just isn’t the case at all. Yes, it is at one end but there are no barriers that keep children in any particular area. Nor were there any workers that were monitoring the bounce houses around any but one and the running even though almost every bounce house had a sign that said do not enter if an operator was not on duty.
Bottom line – this is an incredible place to play but if mom and dad or grandma and grandpa think they are going to sit back and relax while the kids have fun that isn’t the case unless your child is older. So grandpa blocked the way out because by the way, “Jump City is not responsible if your child leaves the premises.” per the safety waiver. When we saw that we thought to ourselves, “What would be the chance of that because they will have someone at the door?”. Well there is nothing to stop the child from leaving the play area and heading toward the doors like there usually is at other play places.
While your child is having the absolute time of their lives definitely be prepared to follow them around the entire time lest some of the horrendous things mentioned in the safety waiver really do happen. I saw multiple collisions and one child crying very hard because he just had his head jumped on from a child running and jumping directly on it. Since it was another child that caused this there was really nothing to tell the workers if one could be found. There was one worker during this time in the entire play area. The facility is 18,000 square feet. So my suggestion is to kind of think of this like when you take your kids to the park – you will need to watch them yourself. There is nothing in place at Jump City to do this or at least there wasn’t on January 28, 2017.
These guys had a brilliant idea for a business that people would love and they do. Maybe it is the 15 1/2 years that we provided day care that makes us notice things that need to be done to keep the children safe. Namely, one worker per bounce house, separate areas for the different age children, and most definitely someone checking wrist bands before anyone can leave the premises. Otherwise, parents need to be diligent and go inside the play area and watch their own kids. Yes, bounce houses are soft, but other bodies are not.
The kids of course only knew they had a blast. Even on the way out their favorite characters were on the well and they got pictures with them all.
Who doesn’t love Minions!
And the princesses…
And they ask, “When can we go back?”
*This is not a sponsored post. Jump City had no idea we were coming and we received no compensation.