Without playgrounds, kids would be forced to slide down rooftops, climb latticework, and bounce in holes filled with Grandma's tomatoes. Cavort less messily with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a rechargeable family-value HippoCard worth $40 at HippoHopp. Choose between locations in Atlanta or Duluth.
HippoHopp's safety-conscious play kingdom teems with kids climbing up inflatables and swooshing down slides, and its adult area accommodates parents and babysitters with comfortable seating, WiFi, and televisions. A reusable family-value HippoCard comes loaded with $40 to spend, as well as facilitating a 25% discount on admission ($6 for ages 3+; $3.75 ages 1–2; free for babies younger than 1) and the option to recharge the card with cash at any time ($30 balance minimum). While kids pose atop inflatable structures and perform a capella renditions of classical symphonies, parents can read free magazines from comfortable seating, browse the Internet, or use the card to order pizza or hummus from the Hippo Cafe menu. HippoHopp uses nontoxic and biodegradable cleaning products to keep the playground safe, as well as recycling and following earth-friendly practices whenever possible. Parents must accompany their kids to HippoHopp, and all parties should wear socks, preferably on their feet.
Inside the family-owned indoor playground of HippoHopp, kids glide down slides, explore playhouses, and navigate their way through obstacles courses. Free air hockey and foosball keep kids of all ages busy, and play castles and age-appropriate activities entertain youngsters in the area reserved only for toddlers. Newly added play opportunities include a rock climbing wall, interactive floor, tunnels, and a cave to explore. The facility buzzes with a variety of structures that encourage sensory-play as well as motor skill and social development. All of these play perks have earned HippoHopp the 2012, 2013, and 2014 title of Best Party & Event Planning Place in Atlanta, as deemed by Kudzu.
While mini minds keep busy with excitement, free WiFi and magazines are available to parents, who join their children at the bistro-style café for healthy snacks such as mango peach smoothies for breakfast, great coffee offered on the house weekday mornings until 11am. Healthy choices for kids include organic, gluten-free, and diary-free menu items. Along with encouraging health-conscious exercise in kids, the staff at HippoHopp maintains an eco-conscious space by cleaning its facility with nontoxic, biodegradable products.