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Party with a Purpose
Tampa Bay is a gorgeous place to raise kids, and our theory (as parents of five - trust us on this!) is that those kids should be kept outside in the fresh air as much as humanly possible. With the most amazing parks and of course the beaches, there is plenty to keep them occupied and fit anywhere we turn!
That said, there are days when you just need to get inside. Let’s face it: it’s HOT here in the summer, and our rainy-day-season calls for indoor fun. Enter: “The Greatest Indoor Play Experience,” Planet Jump!
Owned by a husband-wife pair and manned by a crew of kid-friendly young adults who are willing to serve the parents of their little guests as much as the kids, Planet Jump! is an indoor adventure perfect for those “just gotta stay inside” kind of days. (Can anyone say, “something to do over Christmas break??!!”)
Planet Jump! is an 11,400 square foot air conditioned facility filled with bouncy inflatables. Kids can wander for hours and bounce till their hearts are content on the variety of huge bounce houses and activities.
At Planet Jump! you can take your kids for open play time during various hours throughout the week. Although occasional schedule adjustments are made for private parties (be sure to check the website for current information), guests can pay a flat rate and enjoy unlimited play during these open play hours. In addition, “Frequent Jumper Cards” are available for savings on return visits.
We chose to host our littlest’s four-year birthday party at Planet Jump! and the party was a huge hit. As parents of kids ages preschool up to high school, we loved that parents could stay close to little ones and still feel comfortable with their older kids having fun (kids up to age sixteen can jump!). Although adults must keep their feet on the ground, there is still plenty of opportunity for fun interaction. For the parents who’d prefer to remain immobile, there’s a central “lounge area” complete with a giant large screen tv and Wi-Fi, along with a snack bar. Even more relaxing, the staff is attentive to the kids’ safety.
We chose a package that included pizza and drinks as well as balloons. Although outside food is not allowed (except the cake, which you may bring yourself or choose to order through Planet Jump!), the staff was more than gracious to accommodate our special diet needs, and our guests with allergies were well fed by the alternate items we brought.
As party hosts and parents, we were in awe of the careful attention to detail by the staff. They escorted us and our guests to our private party room to store our gifts and personal items, and then walked us through the party schedule. Several times, they checked to see if we needed anything, and to see if they could adjust the schedule for food and gifts according to our son and his playmates’ preferences. They helped us know the best times for events to maximize play time for the guests, and they were quick to provide any little thing we needed, from paper goods to a cart to take the “haul” to the car at party’s end! They even let us know when drinks were available for the kiddos, so they could take a mid-party break. Although we are huge fans of small parties at home, hosting our party this way was so relaxing for us as parents, and really allowed us to enjoy the time! And the best part? When the party was done, all we had to do was pack up the gifts and write the thank-you notes. (But did I mention, the staff even kept the gift list for us?)
One piece of motherly advice: read the clothing suggestions on the website. Although it’s Florida after all, we strongly recommend you dress your little ones in long sleeves and long pants to avoid friction burns. Don’t let anything spoil your awesome time at Planet Jump!
We enjoyed our visit, and we have already recommended Planet Jump! as a great place to take the kids for some wild-and-wonderful indoor Florida fun! This might just be the perfect place for grandparents to enjoy with their grandkids over the winter holidays... and a new go-to activity for those hot or rainy days!
12640 62nd Street,
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