If you are looking for a great indoor place with rides and climbing space, food and party areas for little ones, look no further than Party Jungle in Phoenix.
Geared to the under 10 crowd, Party Jungle may be in a familiar location-especially if you have lived in the valley for a while. Party Jungle is the “old Jambo” redone, cleaned, with new ownership and new ideas.
I was super excited to get a message from one of the owners to come check it out, and was super excited to see the passion for redesigning an old place.
I had heard about Jambo through the rumor mill, and we had kind of put off visiting because of the reputation ( I do a lot of research before I check out places). The new owners expected to clean the old Jambo up in a month, but instead spent 3 months cleaning it from top to bottom, fixing things and reworking some items and coming up with some new ideas that will be implemented soon. 3 months of cleaning-YES! They also repainted a lot of things to make the area brighter, including the floors. The rollercoaster is still inside, however it will most likely be replaced by something else (October 2017).
While we were there, we noticed a few workers trying out the machines and working on them to make sure they were safe and operable. There were a few things that were still being fixed, but they were getting it done.
Before you arrive, I suggest you bring a pair of socks for the play area and sign the waiver online. It is always easier to sign when kids aren’t ready to run onto rides! Everyone entering needs to sign a waiver. Paid admission is for anyone who is going to go on a ride-even the trains (parents are free with child). There isn’t an age minimum since an 8 month old may want to go on the train, or they might just want to stay in their stroller. That is up to the parent.
Behind the welcome desk is the elephant ride, a swing ride and a few small ride ons that require tokens. Right now, tokens can be purchased at the front desk or ticket redemtion counter. There is also a “ticket” chomper to put all your winning tickets in (similar to chuck e cheese). Most of the rides are great for 10 and under, similar to Enchanted Island in Encanto Park
There are also these little ride ons by the front that require tokens. Dimples loved being in them (I found it funny that the fish sings “home, home on the range”).
This path leads you past the swings on your left to the party rooms, the train, mini golf, play area, bathrooms, laser tag and more rides and games.
The cafe-We had pizza and it was very good and reasonably priced and drinks. Coffee with flavoring is also available, pretzels, snack bags and usual kid fare. Watch out, the seats spin!
The mini golf course. Giggles and Munchie played a round. I’m glad they didn’t try any line drives. The balls and clubs are kept up at the front desk.
After our Zoo experience, I had to take a picture of this Rhino too!
The Train. I took a pass on it but other adults had a ride. There are four cars!
The Play area. There wasn’t a specific place to put shoes, so we put them under the many benches. Lots of sitting room for moms!
One of the Party rooms.
Big, clean women’s bathroom with changing table for the little ones. There was also a family restroom (along with a men’s bathroom).
More games, the path to more rides and the lazer tag was in the arch.
The laser tag was redesigned and is good for 5 players. the vests were even good for my little ones, who haven’t been able to play at other places like Dave and Busters, Main Event or Uptown Alley. Main Event and Uptown Alley are definitely wonderful places too, but they are geared more for the teens and adults with ramps, and lots of mazes, where Party Jungle is really focused on the little ones. Dimples occasionally gets scared in the dark, but he was able to get through this just find and had an awesome time. I also had fun and won by a landslide. We homeschool our kids and I am kind, but when it comes to laser tag I am a beast!
These were little spinners that also went around on a big circle. Munchie was joking around (although he panicked me) by holding his hand over his mouth. The operator spins each little car.
The Monkey barrels are self spun, like the teacups at Disney. Adults can go on this one, but I don’t spin well. I happily stayed on the non moving ground. Each barrel has its own little folding stair.
Munchie really liked this whack a gator game!
The kids really had a great time playing all the games, doing the laser tag, and riding everything. I loved that all of the rides, the laser tag and the mini golf was included and I didn’t have to price everything out. I didn’t mind buying some coins for the kids (they won little candies and tchotchkis which made leaving a little easier). We will definitely be back. Also noteworthy is how wonderful all the staff was to my kiddos-even when picking out toys from the redemption area. It takes a special kind of person to go through all of the waiting that is involved with kids making a decision which 5 ticket prize is better!
(Formerly “Jambo”, but totally redone and with new owners)
12046 N 32nd Street Phoenix
We received complimentary admission. All opinions are 100% my own.