Despite their chiefly recreational purpose, inflatable bounce castles were originally used to house child princes prone to foot-stomping tantrums. Preserve brittle floors with today's Groupon: for $20, you get six Pop-N-Play bounce passes to Jump City (a $42 value). Pop-N-Play times are 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
At Jump City, sock-footed youths run rampant amidst nine inflatable constructions, from moon-bounce castles to plush obstacle courses. Children and nostalgic astronauts relive the first sports event on the moon in the bouncy basketball court. A giant Twister board limbers little ones, a climbing wall safely prepares children for the corporate ladder, and the in-house air-hockey table facilitates frictionless puck slapping. Customers may use the six passes across several visits, or bring a troupe of kids for two hours of bounding and hopping.
Jump City's indoor play land works hard to live up to its name. The vibrantly colored metropolis surrounds visitors with enough inflated slides, obstacle courses, and bounce houses to make any balloon animal regret its decision to move to the suburbs.