"It's like throwing a party every day," Byron Severance, who co-owns The Jumpy Place along with his wife, Cathy, told the Hays Free Press]. "It's the most fun I've ever had in a job." Byron and Cathy's indoor playground—kept immaculate with a strict socks-only policy, daily disinfectant washes, and an unbudging ban on trashcan-dwelling Grouches—relieves the endemic of excess energy common to youths aged 10 and younger. As children bounce in and slide down air-filled fortresses, adults entertain themselves with complimentary coffee, WiFi, and cartoon-free television. All the locations are open every day except Tuesday, and each admission grants all-day access that allows families to come and go as they please.
Feel the heart-racing adrenaline of roller coasters and endless family fun this weekend with a trip to Diversions Game Room in San Marcos.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The 15,000-square-foot facility invites kids 12 and younger to let their imaginations loose while playing on eight inflatable attractions. The sound of laughter emanates from the bouncy castles, fills obstacle courses, and silences the pleas of candy-filled animals in the piñata zone. Towering over the facility, a 24-foot slide harnesses the power of gravity to create kid-friendly thrills. Elsewhere, the aptly named Toddler Town boasts age-appropriate toys and inflatables that let younger ones in on the fun. iPlay Austin's other features include a concession stand and big-screen TVs that keep parents up to date on the political climate of nearby bouncy castles.
According to his bio, Stunt Ranch owner Steve Wolf specializes in "professional training for people who like to play with matches and run with scissors." Or at least, how to look like they're playing with matches and running with scissors. Throughout his 25 years in television and film production, Steve developed an affinity for stunt work and special effects, supplying his expertise to shows such as MTV's Call to Greatness and feature films such as Hustle & Flow. Still active in the industry, Steve also shares his passion for throwing spectacle-laden events through heading up multiple enterprises that include Wolf
Stuntworks, Stunt Ranch—which also encompasses paintball and stunt parites—and Science in the Movies. Through these companies, Steve's experienced team of special effects professionals is able to stage professional fireworks shows, train people in creating controlled explosions, and applying special-effects makeup to help zombies look human again.
In Focus: Blazer Tag Adventure Center
What it is: a laser-tag center with an arcade and ropes course
What to watch out for: The laser-tag arena has several gems embedded in the walls, and players can tag them to earn powers.
Laser-tag rules: no running, climbing, or beaming your opponent to another dimension
Number of players: If there are 14 or fewer laser-tag players, participants compete solo. Games with 15 or more players are divided into teams.
Where to find one of the best views in Austin: on the Austin SkyTrail, a black-light ropes course suspended 20 feet above the arcade
Number of games in the arcade: 50 including classics such as Pac-Man and modern favorites such as Guitar Hero
How to re-energize: If playing laser tag has literally as well as metaphorically drained your power supply, refuel on pizza, hot dogs, and frito pies.
Best time to visit: Laser-tag prices are reduced after 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
With horrifying haunts designed to elicit new shrieks each year, House of Torment Haunted House keeps bones chilled well below room temperature. HauntWorld.com has ranked House of Torment in its Top 13 Haunts consecutively from 2009-2015, praising it as a "dynamic and ultra-creative attraction" that is "widely considered to be one of the most innovative haunted houses in the country." Other rave reviewers include the Travel Channel and the Wall Street Journal, who call the haunted house "20,000 square feet of terror." Though House of Torment's attractions change annually, its wall of shame exists as an immortal photo catalog of all those who have squealed in fright or received bunny ears on its premises.