Monday, July 1, 2013
After researching a fun day for my girls (3yrs and 8yrs), I settled on Jumpin Jordy's. I read the reviews and it sounded like any review for any park: overcrowded and full of slacker parents who hide out in the snack area while their kids create a mosh pit. We went on a friday afternoon and it wasn't crowded; maybe 20 kids total. I turned my 8yr old lose and followed my 3yr old on the bounce houses because she's 3yrs old and I'm naturally going to look after her like I would anywhere else. The 8yr old has a good head on her shoulders and doesn't get too rowdy so I was comfortable letting her play on her own, especially since I could see her most all the time from the middle isle.
Yes, there are parents who bring their kids and camp in the snack area on their computer, or sit at the back on the bench and visit (one lady was sleeping back there). I physically followed my little girl into the bounce houses so I could keep an eye on her. I had to get on to several boys down because they were trying to palm her face to push her out of the way, but that's normal: you are a parent and I believe that extends to other kids when their own parent isn't there to see them as they one-up each other to go bigger with each round. I understand it gets more exciting and a boy naturally wants to go bigger with each round, like the intensity dies off if you're not giving it all you got, so understandably, you need to be there and be present with smaller kids to watch out for them like I was with my little girl. Let's face it: not everybody is that attentive when they know their 150# kid can fend for them self, but they aren't that graceful around smaller kids. There is a play area for tiny kids but again, when the high wears off the bounce houses, bigger kids naturally drift to that area to play dodgeball with the foam blocks.
$7 is certainly a fair price for the girls to play, especially since Denver was running 100 degrees plus in the afternoon. My advice: follow your kids around and bring bandaids (they had them up front and the girl was very nice in handing them out) because there will be a skinned knee or elbow along the way. I took my little girl to the bathroom and there was blood sprayed all over the place from some kid's bloody nose, but the dad was busy cleaning it up. Otherwise, the place was as clean as any chuck e cheese and certainly cheaper!