Real jungles make poor playgrounds, offering scarce entertainment beyond the occasional sight of an apeman cursing out his agent. Engage in family-friendly tropical play with today's Groupon: for $8, you get a 90-minute play pass from Jungle Quest in Jacksonville (a $16 value).
Jungle Quest is a safari playground where kids can safely learn to trust their instincts and work together through confidence-building physical challenges. Geared toward children aged 5–12, Jungle Quest lets young adventurers traverse rope bridges, scale rock walls, and swing through the air like spider monkeys, all while snugly strapped into a safety harness built to withstand thundering monsoons and deforesting bulldozers. Every safari begins with a safety orientation and continues under the supervision of an experienced safari guide. Resourceful rascals who manage to slip out of their harness and escape their safety steward will land safely on the mats lining Jungle Quest's floors.
The 90-minute play pass includes access to all courses and rock-climbing walls; adults over the age of 21 accompanying children may also participate (limit two adult guests per child). Kids under five are welcome to play at the Aztec Pyramid for Little Explorers, a vast improvement over the Mayan Pottery Shards Playpens that were popular in the '70s.
Groups of seven or more must call for a reservation. Closed Tuesdays. Closed-toed shoes required.
Although there aren't many online reviews, Jungle Quest was featured in the Denver Business Journal and in the Northglenn-Thornton Sentinel, which outlined Jungle Quest's expansion and the mental and physical rewards kids gain from the athletic facility:
- The most rewarding part of the business is the way it makes kids feel about themselves. "When you put a 3-year-old on a zip line and watch their eyes -- it builds their self-esteem, confidence and social skills," Gabbard said. – Felicia Russell, Denver Business Journal