Now that school is back in session, kids need a way to burn off all their pent-up energy. With the days getting colder and shorter, it’s time to start looking for an indoor place where they can get moving. A bounce house is the perfect locale to battle boredom, fight cabin fever and get the blood pumping—instead of bouncing off the walls at home, of course. (Sorry kids, we agree with mom and dad: No jumping on the bed!)
For families that don’t enjoy bouncing, these bounce houses offer more than just hopping around. Alternative activities include obstacle courses, basketball courts and laser tag. Many places even offer a video game room, and nearly all of them offer birthday party packages and open bounce sessions.
Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite spots to get bouncing in New Jersey. These places let kids have fun as they jump, flip and climb, and parents can feel good about all the calories they’re burning. (Remember to check each website for current pricing and schedule information.)
Location: Around NJ
Details: Did rain ruin your outdoor plans? Then get jumping at an open bounce session. Bouncing at BounceU is geared for ages two and up; they really mean it when then say “and up.” In fact, adults are encouraged to bounce. “Starting” bouncers (ages six and younger) can take advantage of Toddler Time Bounce and play with those their own age. Be on the lookout for special themed bounces like Cosmic Glow Wars Bounce, Balloon Games Bounce, Beads & Bounce, Bingo Fun Bounce, Bubbles Fun Bounce, Crafty Kids Bounce, Doughnut Decorating Bounce, Dance Party Bounce and more. There’s also a Parents Night Out package; kids get an evening of nonstop bouncing, games and pizza while parents enjoy a night out.
More info: Visit bounceu.com.
Location: 150 Mt. Bethel Road, Warren
Details: This spot promises that its challenging obstacle courses, climbing walls and slides will keep children on the move during their entire stay. Plus, kids will love sticking to the Velcro wall or boxing with oversized gloves and jousting in the arena. The facility offers four monster inflatables in each of its two rooms. Room A features a straight double slide, jousting arena, thrill zone and obstacle course. Room B offers a castle, wavy double-lane slide, Velcro wall and obstacle course. The arena also includes a Laser Experience (for kids 7 and up).
More info: Visit www.bouncefactorynj.com or call 908-647-5867.
Location: 3 North Street, Waldwick
Details: The Bounce Safari gets renovated every year to ensure it’s a brand new experience every back-to-school party season. They offer jungle adventure zones filled with giant inflatable slides, huge obstacle courses, a crazy maze and more. At Pre-School Play Date, parents and preschoolers can explore the Jungle Adventure Zones; the kids play age-appropriate games while parents can get to know each other. The Lunch Bunch activity allows kids to run, climb and bounce while parents sip on coffee and use the free Wi-Fi. The children then eat a hearty lunch as they listen to a story told by a safari guide. Other special bounces include Art Adventure, where kids bounce and create artwork in their art studio; and Musical Safari, where kids bounce as well as sing, dance and make music.
More info: Visit www.bouncesafari.com or call 201-857-4000.
House of Bounce
Details: 5100 Belmar Boulevard, Suite #9, Wall
Background: This indoor play arena features over 10,000-square feet of inflatable fun. The House of Bounce hosts nine giant inflatables plus climbers, slides, obstacle courses and sports centers. (They also have Skee-Ball.) Their “Fall Pass” allows bouncers to play from the time of purchase through November 30 without an extra charge per visit. Specifically, pass owners get free access to open jumps now through November 30, free access to special events like Laser Jumps and Pizza Jumps, plus a $30 discount for a future birthday party or private event. The Fall Pass costs $65 per child or $110 per family.
More info: Visit the website or call 732-919-0999.
Jump On In
Location: 69 Route 17 South, Hasbrouck Heights
Details: Thanks to Jump On In’s high ceilings, this bounce house can hold big, indoor inflatable slides and jumping equipment. Activities include Jump Shot Basketball, a trampoline game that’s fun for both kids and adults. Jump On In also offers private gym playtime where small groups can enjoy a private bounce session. There is an open jump time just for preschoolers (four and under) as well as an all-ages bounce on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (Reservations can be booked online.)
More info: Visit jumponinfun.com or call 201-426-0770.
Location: 10 Alvin Court, Suite 100, East Brunswick
Details: Jumping Jungle is a 10,000-square-foot indoor recreation center where kids can climb, slide, bounce and play laser tag. Bouncers can enjoy eight unique inflatables, kid-friendly arcade games and a hurricane simulator. Adults are encouraged to jump with the kids or play a game of laser tag. Parents who need to unwind can kick back in the parent viewing area, which has magazines, TVs, vending machines and free Wi-Fi. Another great aspect of Jumping Jungle is their community service endeavors, organizing fundraisers for worthy causes and school events. They also offer a Bounce for Charity initiative, during which time a part of each party’s proceeds is donated to a charity.
More info: Visit the website or call 732-613-5867.
Location: 204 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield
Details: This 13,000-square-foot facility features nine gigantic new inflatables and moon bounces. They also offer a basketball trampoline, air hockey and kid-friendly video games. Toddlers can play with non-bounce equipment like riding cars, learning carpets and large bowling pins. Open jumps are typically 70 minutes long, as bouncers are given 40 minutes in Stadium A and 30 minutes in Stadium B.
More info: Visit www.jumpnasiumparty.com or call 973-808-1700.
Pump It Up
Location: Around NJ
Details: The huge inflatable indoor playgrounds here make every day feel like a party. When school lets out, Pump It Up is in session with inflatable fun. Private jumps can be reserved Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, which is good for 70 minutes of jump time in the arenas. For parents in need of a date night, the kids can be dropped off and kept busy bouncing, playing games and snacking on pizza.
More info: Visit https://www.pumpitupparty.com.
Location: 651 Route 17 South, Paramus; 271 Route 22 East, Springfield
Details: Screamin’ Parties has thought long and hard about which inflatables to include at its spot. Kids will love the giant shark slide (click for a 360-degree view!), Wacky World Playground, obstacle courses and more. They’ll also have a blast firing the Cannon Air Blasters and blazing around on the Screamin’ Cycles. The Paramus location features the Screamin’ Party Machine, a roller coaster simulator ride that’s included with every party.
More info: Visit the website or call 877-96-PARTY.
Hero (Top) Feature Image: © Bounce Safari / Website
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BounceU / Website
Bounce Factory / Website
Bounce Safari / Website
House of Bounce / Facebook
Jump in on Fun / Website
The Jumping Jungle / Facebook
Jumpnasium / Facebook
Pump it Up / Website
Screamin Parties Springfield / Facebook