When kids explore Jumpin Jack’s Inflatable Playland, it's almost as if the different worlds in their imaginations unfold before their eyes. In one section, a giant octopus looms over an inflated ocean-themed obstacle course, where sea turtles, sharks, and other air-filled creatures await. Another bounce structure takes the form of a basketball court, and a carousel-themed bounce house contains the world's only invisible population of clowns. These play areas stand as just three of the seven giant, inflatable structures that cushion the 16,500-square-foot entertainment center. Play structures for kids under 4 keep wee ones entertained, and adults get to have fun, too, with complimentary WiFi and a 50-inch, flatscreen TV.
Choruses of laughter fill these spaces during open-play times and birthdays parties—and Jumpin Jack’s Inflatable Playland's staffers strive to include kids of all stripes. On the second Thursday of every month, they turn off the music and flashing lights for their Jack's Sensory Bounce, welcoming kids with autism and other sensory needs to safely join in on the revelry.
The shelves at Color Me Mine?s studios teem with whimsical bisque-pottery pieces?pony and princess figurines, piggy banks, and kitty-cat mugs?each stark white and waiting for the brush strokes of a budding artist. That artist might be a birthday boy at a party or a grown-up unwinding at a girls' night out. No previous experience is required, as the studio staff dispenses plenty of painting tips, stencils, and artistic inspiration. Afterwards, the staff will fire the resulting pieces, which can then be used as d?cor or dinnerware thanks to Color Me Mine's lead-free, food-safe, paints.
Deep within the Granite Run Mall, a 20-foot-long relative of the stegosaurus battles its nemesis, the monolophosaurus, while onlookers stand back, aghast and enthralled. What sounds like a deleted scene from Jurassic Park⎯a film series that proprietor "Dino" Don Lessem advised using his dino expertise⎯is really one of many sights to behold at the 6,500-square-foot Dino Don's Dinosaurium. Don harnesses his extensive expertise, which includes more than 50 books written on dinosaurs and natural history, to craft the family-friendly museum, which educates visitors through engaging, interactive exhibits. For his scholarly endeavors and incessant stalk-chewing habit, he even has an Argentine plant eater⎯the Lessemsaurus⎯named after him. Museumgoers can excavate fossils from the dig pit, aim a nerf gun at Jurassic Park dinosaurs in the shooting gallery, or learn reasons for dino extinction by spinning the Wheel of Dinosaur Misfortune. Students and teachers can continue making dino discoveries by touching real fossils, meeting visiting paleontologists, and learning how to roar dinner orders. Unlike the extinct species that the museum celebrates, Don assured CBS Philly that Dino Don's Dinosaurium will supply guests with new experiences by changing exhibits every three months.
The iLove Team doesn't just memorialize events, it makes events memorable. Founded in 2012 in Philadelphia by a group with backgrounds in event planning and production, as well as customer satisfaction, they combine these services to create custom-built events for their clients. The team showers its clients with VIP treatments, such as red-carpet welcomes, personalized photo-booth backdrops, and fitted top hats on all its cameras. The iLove Team also provides other facets of party planning, including DJs for hire and lighting, design, and videography services.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.