In a jungle inhabited by earth's wildest creatures, kids, foliage hangs over mazes, tunnels, and a tube slide spiraling down from the canopy like the twisted, slippery trunk of an Amazon tree. This is the playground at Jungle Wonder?a 25,000-square-foot facility filled with attractions to entertain the whole family. Next to the main jungle gym, a smaller set of slides and play panels give toddlers their own private place to discuss bedtime-extension strategies, and at a nine-hole miniature-golf course, depictions of tigers, alligators, and snakes seem to come to life under black lights as players thwack fluorescent balls with glow-in-the-dark putters. Along with playing more than 60 redemption games at the arcade, visitors can also topple pins on four bowling lanes, compete for high-tech glory in the laser-tag arena, and subsist on a survivalist's diet of pizza, chicken strips, and ice cream at the on-site caf?.
Chariot Photo Booths elevates mere parties to spectacular shindigs with lab-quality photographs produced within seconds. After entering the booth, up to 10 revelers (though Chariot booths have seen up to 20 guests at once) select a template and a photo style, then ready their grins and poses. A variable color display and interior speakers count down to five and snap three or four photos at once. Afterward, the booth speedily readies prints for each guest on request. An on-site attendant ensures that the booth keeps merrily snapping photos throughout the evening. And an online photo gallery even displays the hijinks after everyone heads home, allowing guests to feel famous or like the insects entomologists photograph for the university intranet. Party planners can also add other entertainment options to their celebrations, such as bounce houses, inflatable obstacle courses, and spacious tents.
A+ Entertainment's photo booths preserve partygoers' memorable moments. With enough room for ten adults, the booths allow dissenting Supreme Court voting blocs to get snapped together at birthdays, bar and bat mitzvahs, and more. At time of reservation, photographees can choose from four colored backgrounds and customizable text displays to last through the night. A box of props, including boas, hats, sunglasses, and inflatables for in-booth, mix-and-match zaniness, comes with each booth.
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.
Inflated structures, slides, and games fill the climate-controlled environs of the numerous BounceU locations that speckle the nation. At each site, staff members closely monitor all activities as little ones traverse obstacle courses or pull on oversized inflatable boxing gloves. The crew also invites parents to join in on the fun, letting them bounce alongside their kids or make sweeping edicts from atop a bouncy-castle throne.
In addition to open sessions, the indoor-play haven sets the stage for the Preschool Playdate program, where instructors lead games and activities. Special events include family-bounce night, which lets parents join in the bouncing or relax in the party room and do grownup things, such as eat marshmallows with a knife and fork.