We love checking out indoor play places, no matter how far we have to drive to see one!
So, we went to Sea Life Arizona and then to Emerald Park in Mesa and then checked out Bounce U all in one day! We love getting out and about (why we also refer to ourselves as the “homeschoolers that are never at home!”)
Bounce U in Gilbert is located at 1166 S Gilbert Road #110. It is in a big plaza. If you are coming off of South Gilbert Road, you will pass a bowling alley and be almost at the movie theater. I didn’t realize how BIG the plaza actually was until I drove into it.
I highly recommend giving them a call before you head in for an open bounce as they fill up quickly (they take online reservations but as of 5/26/17 they don’t charge your card ahead of time). You also will want to fill out an online waiver so you don’t have to do that when you go in. You can easily do it from a smartphone.
Check in Desk, water and coffee and snacks, and socks if you forget them (for sale, of course)! There was a small waiting area in the lobby with seating and some arcade games. Before entering for the open bounce, a safety video will be shown and the staff will go over a few things with the kiddos. A staff member will escort you to the first room and after an hour will take you to the second room.
Each room had a shoe rack and an area to put cups and water. They asked that they keep the water by the shoe racks. There was also a lot of seating in each room for parents.
Each room had a small play area for babies which was enclosed. I would say it could keep a one year old/crawler busy, but you may want to bring a few of your own toys. It did have a gate to keep the big kids from trampling the very little ones.
I always think of the show wipeout when I see this jumpy!
There was definitely a baseball theme in the first room. It took up a lot of room, but the kids seemed to like playing with it. I would have rather seen something more “early walker” and under three friendly in the room.
One big slide with mats for the bigger kids to slide down on, but the little ones are just supposed to slide down by themselves. This can be a little problematic if the little ones see the big kids doing it.
There was also this climber maze and slide. My kids had the most fun with this one.
There was also a blow up basketball hoop.
We then proceeded to the second room, but went to the bathroom and checked out the party room first. In the hall there was also a water fountain.
The party room can be one big room or two separate smaller rooms. Bathroom was small with three women’s stalls and a changing table, but suited our purposes just fine.
This climber was interesting. It was seatbelts all wrigged together in this netted tube. Unfortunately, some of the netting and belts were ripped and worn. Another mom and I were chatting about this climber, and while fun and enticing, if a child falls through, they can wipe out quite a few others on their way down, possibly really injuring the kids on the bottom. I would say it went up about 15′ high.
There was also another baby gated area in this room near a big jump launcher.
This was fun for my oldest, Munchie, who is 7 1/2.
This was a racer maze with double slides. The bigger kids really liked this one.
This was a target practice “wall”. You take ribbons that are weighted and try to get them at different dots and then go andd retrieve them. Harder than it looks, especially to retrieve it!
The bouncy castle was the most toddler/early walker jumper that they had. It had a little slide in it and a good area for bouncing around.
While I’m sure Bounce U switches out their different jumpers, these jumpers weren’t as toddler/little kid friendly as I was hoping. However, it was very friendly for the bigger kids! So, if you have a shy one that is barely walking, you may want to wait a while to hit Bounce U. If you have bigger kids (6 and up) or adventurous little ones, they probably will love it!
1166 S Gilbert Rd #110
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