When Boing Jax delivers a pirate bouncer to your backyard, they're bringing an actual pirate to the party. His hands, one hooked and the other clutching a sword, stick out from the top corners of the bounce-house entrance, his feet from the bottom two, and his head pops over his broad shoulders. Boasting a large selection, Boing Jax's themed family inflatables include combo bounce houses with basketball hoops and slides. In addition to bounce houses, party hosts can also rent snow cone makers, hot-dog steamers, movie theater popcorn poppers, cotton candy makers, as well as games including skee ball and Boing Blast.
Led by owner Holly Koonce?who has more than 15 years of cheerleading experience under her belt?GLAM Cheer and Dance instills children with self-confidence and athleticism in a positive, Christian environment. As a member of the United States All Star Federation, the school teaches classes that strive to both create and perpetuate a positive image of cheerleading. But safety still remains a chief concern. Suited for children as young as three, sessions generally divide students up by ability levels, ranging from basic level-one stunts to advanced level-five tumbling, which involves handsprings, airborne skills, and the ability to hover above the mat indefinitely.
Glowing boundary rails line the pitch-black corridors of Lunar Mini Golf's putting surfaces, guiding mini golfers and their orbs across a black-lit dreamscape surrounded by neon flourishes. As players attempt to sink hole-in-ones, the vibrant course thwarts their efforts with topsy-turvy surfaces, jutting ridges, and a gallery of luminous animals and bug-eyed aliens whispering commentary from inside the walls. Guests can become mobile accoutrements in the phosphorescent scenery by snagging necklaces and other glow-in-the-dark knickknacks available for sale, helping players identify opponents' movements and accentuate celebratory dances with glow-stick flair. The course's darkened alleys provide fun, casual outings for players of all abilities, as well as an eclectic venue for the birthday parties of future adults.
At Kona Skate Park, smooth concrete undulates, dips, and banks like a frozen ocean. Skaters navigate those contours armed with helmets and bags of tricks such as kickflips and ollies. After zigging and zagging around cement bowls and valleys, they grab some air on the ramps and half-pipes. Street skating obstacles such as low wooden boxes and steps provide opportunity for slick grinds and rail slides.
The park opened in the late 1970s, and all of its elements, including the verts protruding from the concrete basins, are infused with history. Kona Skate Park was the original meeting place for legends such as Tony Alva and Rodney Mullen, and today it's the site of burgeoning skateboarders. To nurture the talents of those future stars, instructors lead lessons and camps geared toward kids of all skill levels.
A 39-foot ninjasaur snarls in the corner of Big Air, bearing white fangs and a coiled, sloping tail that broadens to a two-lane slide. This inflatable monster shares a habitat with castles, volcanoes, and princess towers, as well as bouncy football fields and sports arenas. Together, these inflatables occupy a 12,000-square-foot arena that adjoins to a 1,700-square-foot "parent's space." As sock-footed kids frolic amidst the bounce houses and slides, parents enjoy grownup distractions such as free WiFi, pool tables, and novelty-sized checkbooks. Big Air welcomes guests for open play, field trips, and parties.
Tree Hill Nature Center is hidden within Jacksonville's urban landscape. Its 50 acres of hardwood forest and wetlands opens a door to the great outdoors, showcasing nature through wildflower gardens, nature trails, and interactive exhibits. Spot longleaf-pine and swamp habitats under the shady green canopies of the nature trails, or head inside the kid?s museum to see exhibits about energy and nature, as well as a variety of animals on display, such as barred owls, pine snakes, and boxing turtles.