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 $12, you get a rechargeable Hippo family value card worth $24 at HippoHopp in Duluth.
HippoHopp's safety-conscious play kingdom teems with kids climbing up inflatables and swooshing down slides, and accommodates parents and babysitters with comfortable seating, WiFi, and televisions. A reusable family value card comes loaded with $24 to spend, as well as a 25% discount on admission ($6 for ages 3+, $3.75 ages 1–2, and free for babies under 1) and the option to recharge the card with cash or credit card at any time ($30 balance minimum), as well as a separate nanny card which allows a babysitter to use the value. While kids pose atop inflatable structures and deliver Shakespearean monologues, parents can read free magazines from comfortable seating, browse the Internet, or use a family value card to healthy snacks and drinks from the Hippo Café 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. Check the calendar for open Hopp times.