ZOOmers, The Animals You Can Ride At The Mall!

We give one of Henry’s pals a ride to school twice a week.  A lot of the time they get into these hilarious, “Top this,” style conversations. So, when she started telling us about how she had been Riding a Stuffed Animal around the mall, I sort of thought maybe she was making it up.

Naturally, Henry was All About riding an animal around the mall, so even though I was a teensy bit skeptical, Saturday we headed off to check it out. And then, this happened….

Plush Ride On Animals at the South Hill Mall

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Meet Xtreme Bounce of Fun!

Have you been to South King County’s newest indoor playground?

Indoor Playground Auburn supermall-outlet collection

Xtreme Bounce of Fun is an indoor play area at the Outlet Collection in Auburn, and it’s a great place for both imaginative and active play, especially on days when the weather is cold and grey. I’ve already heard from several of you who have had a great time here, and the staff is busy adding even more fun in response to your feedback.

I think your little ones will love to swing on the candy striped rotating ball tree, climb on the rolling Earth, jump on the inflatable bouncer, and even bounce on the waterbed trampoline.

Extreme Bounce of Fun

Plus, when you take your kids to burn off steam, you’ll be supporting a local, veteran owned business.  Monteze Thomas Sr., served in Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and he and his wife have their own busy three year old (I’ve found that the best kid friendly businesses are always run by moms and dads)!

You should know that the team is dedicated to keeping it fun And safe, so the whole place is strictly for kiddos 48″ and under. They’re also serious about keeping it, “Sparkling clean.” Love that!

The Xtreme Bounce of Fun team also wanted to offer a special just for you! Just mention this post, and you can get 20% off your pop in play visit, or 17% off your birthday party booking.*

If you’re interested in the party, don’t wait long. This place is pretty much preschool perfect, and there just aren’t a lot of great spots for indoor parties for littles in this area (trust me-I know all of them)!

You’ll find Xxtreme Bounce of Fun inside the Outlet Collection (formally the Supermall) between Johnny Rockets and the carousel. They follow mall hours.

To book your party or get more information about their date nights or pop in play, you can like them on Facebook, or check out their website,or  give them a call at 253-333-2321, or just ask for details when you go in to play! Don’t forget to tell them you saw them on Sounds Fun Mom.

*New bookings only, please. Not to be combined with other offers.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with a combination of my opinion and provided text. I LOVE it when you thank the businesses that support this site!

 

Drop and Shop! South Sound Mall Play Areas

On a rainy day, the soft play area at your neighborhood mall can look like an oasis. Just leave your credit cards at home if you want to keep this outing frugal!

Here’s a round up of area retail stores with play spaces.

Tacoma Mall-A “Kidgit,” themed play area near the food court

South Hill Mall-Noah’s ark themed soft play area near Old Country Buffet

Super Mall Auburn-Northwest themed soft play area  There is also a merry-go-round by the food court. My friend Brenda and I used to come here a lot. We’d let the kids play until  Henry tried to bite someone. Then we’d do the merry go round and end with a pretzel (after a little hand sanitizer). While the play area is often Swamped, the mall itself is never crowded and easier to navigate than the biggies. *There is a bunch of construction going on here-not sure of the status of the merry go round right now.

Federal Way Mall-I’ve actually never been to the play area here, but my old neighbor Joel used to take his beautiful daughter here from time to time, so I asked him for the scoop. Here’s what he had to say

It is a great distraction for a spouse to take their 2-5 year old while their significant other shops at Target or the mall. It is right outside the Target and is a large padded “train or tugboat” I can’t remember exactly… The only thing to look out for is the “older” kids jumping off of the structure and potentially landing on your little one. The “maintenance” guy enforces that the children wear socks and don’t bring or eat food in the play area. It is also nice because there are mirrors allowing you to see your kid on the other side of the play structure.    Thanks, Joel!

Southcenter-Recently remodeled play area. Wins kudos from me for being next to the new, family lounge areas. A boon for any parents looking for a place to feed babies…’um…organically.

Ikea-Ball pit for kids to play in while parents shop. Children must be potty trained (thank heaven)!

Fred Meyer-Supervised kids’ play area for use while parents shop. Yes, you must remain in the store, and no, this is not your date night solution. On the other hand, if your shopping list consists of a People magazine and a pumpkin latte, I won’t tell!

Cabelas-No play area but lots to look at. Your kids can feed the fish and stare at all kinds of huge, dead animals. There is also an old-fashioned shooting gallery.

Olympia-Westfield Capital Mall has an animal themed play area near JCPenney Reader Crystina says this mall has a lot to offer for the family. You can read her tips here.

While policies vary, I personally think the soft play areas are best for kids 5 and under. It’s very hard for bigger and larger kids not to knock over the smaller ones, and you really don’t want to be the mom of that kid. Please also watch your kids while they play. When I went to research this post the first thing I found was a bunch of articles from people ranting about pint size bullies roaming wild.

Know a good one I missed? Let me know!

Rain, Rain, It’s Here to Stay: Indoor Playgrounds

UPDATED: 09/2014

Welcome to the South Sound Indoor Playground Guide! We recommend calling ahead for current hours and specials for all of the spots listed below.

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Even in the rainiest of weather, kids have energy to burn. Here are some options for running and jumping that don’t include puddles, some of these are even FREE at your local mall! You might also want to glimpse our Bouncy House Guide for additional options. Many of these locales offer birthday party packages and other special events like Parents’ Night Out.

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South King County

The Jungle Gym , Burien

Open Gym sessions Tuesday-Sunday at varying times, plus monthly date nights, camps, and parties.  All Open Gym sessions are 1 hour long; $8/child, adults and babies 6 months and under FREE.  Check our their Schedule page for more details.

Fred Meyer, Multiple Locations

Supervised kids’ play area for use while parents shop. Yes, you must remain in the store, and no, this is not your date night solution. On the other hand, if your shopping list consists of a People magazine and a pumpkin spice latte, I won’t tell! 

Family Fun Center, Tukwila

Open daily (opening/closing times depend on day), except for special closures for private parties. FFC has a variety of indoor play areas. For smaller children (under 58” tall) Kidopolis is a fun play area where youngsters can climb, crawl and explore; admission is $5.50, socks required. Value packages are also available if you want to use multiple attractions. Check out the FFC Specials page or your Entertainment Guide for coupons. FFC is also frequently featured on Groupon.

Southcenter Mall Play Area, Tukwila

Recently remodeled play area with a rainforest theme. Located near the JcPenney’s mall entrance and conveniently situated near lots of kid friendly stores and the awesome family lounge area. The Food Court also boast family friendly eating areas.  Open during mall hours. 

Smaland at Ikea, Renton

Shop while your potty trained kids play in the ball pit! Smaland accepts children up to 15 minutes prior to Smaland closing. Open Monday-Saturday, 10:00AM-7:45PM, Sunday, 10:00AM-6:45PM.

Kent Commons Indoor Park, Kent

Indoor Park is a traditional outdoor playground brought inside the Kent Commons Gym! Play with toys, balls, and other playground equipment in a safe and dry environment. $2/visit on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 9:30AM-11:00 AM.  Parent supervision required (max 3 children per adult).

The Metropolitan Gym, Kent

Gym facilities open to the public during select hours: Wednesday, Thursday,  & Friday from 2:00PM-4:00PM, or Saturday 12:00PM-2:00PM  for all ages.  $11/ 1 hour and $13/ 1-2 hours; $2 discount for members. 

Trampoline Nation, Federal Way

All ages fun on trampolines! Weekday open jump times begin at 4 PM, 10:30 AM on weekends. Check out their Hours page for more detailed info and special scheduling during school breaks. $11/first hour, $7/second hour. Sounds Fun Mom is proudly sponsored by Trampoline Nation! Tell them you heard it here first!

FWCC Come Play With Me, Federal Way

The Federal Way Community Center has an indoor play gym on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30AM-11:30 AM. Drop in and let your little ones jump in the inflatable bounce house and play with fun toys, while you enjoy free coffee, compliments of Poverty Bay. Parent participation is required.

The Commons Play Area, Federal Way

A FREE, brand new play space located just outside Macy’s. Open during mall hours, Monday-Saturday, 10:00 AM-9:00PM, and Sunday, 11:00AM-6:00PM.

Auburn Gymnastics Center, Auburn

AGC offers Open Gym for almost everyone in their 18,000 square foot facility!  Open Gym every Friday, 7:30PM-9:30 PM, $10,  for school age kids and older! You can drop off your kids and have a fun evening to yourself! Tot Open Gym every Wednesday from 11:30AM-12:30PM, $5/child

Les Gove Park Indoor Park, Auburn 

Bring your kiddos (ages 5 and younger) Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 AM-11:00 AM for socialization and fun! Balls, games, mats, riding toys, climbing toys and more provided! $2/child per session, $1/additional child. Maximum of 3 children per caregiver. Parent supervision required.  Call ahead for holiday closures, periodic kids’ night out events, and other family fun!

Xtreme Bounce of Fun, Auburn

An indoor playground for babies and kids under 48″ at the Supermall. $10/day for the first child, $8/day additional children; opening times follow mall hours.  This is more than a playground where kids can swing around the moving Ball Tree, climb or hang on the electric powered Rolling Earth, chase dancing balloons, ride on Thomas the Train, slide into the ball pit,  jump in the inflatable combo slide and bouncer, and many more fun activities!

The Outlet Collection Play Area, Auburn

A northwest themed soft play area near the Sam’s Club entrance to the mall. There is also a carousel near the Food Court. While the play area is often swamped, the mall itself is never crowded and easier to navigate than the large malls. Open during mall hours. 

Peak Gymastics, Enumclaw

Play at their indoor facilities at various events throughout the week. On Wednesdays and Fridays from 12PM-2 PM, kids can play at the indoor park with parent supervision for $4/child.  Parents’ Night Out n Fridays from 7:30 PM-10:30 PM, drop off ages 5 and up for $10/child. Kids’ Night is every Saturday from 7:00PM-10:00PM , $10/child ages 3 through 5th grade.

Pierce County

Roach Gymnastics, Sumner

Open Play on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM, $7/child. Parent supervision required.

Indoor Playground, Sumner

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-11:30AM, $3/child, everything set up with kids ages 1-5 in mind! There is music and lots of toys for a fun and safe play session. Parent supervision required; maximum 3 children per caregiver. Space limited to first 35 children. Located at the Robert Miller Gymnasium.

Fife Community Center, Fife

Indoor Play Time & Art on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM-11:30 AM, $2/child. Children enjoy small and large motor skill activities, art experiences, or group games. Planned activity every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Parent supervision required.

WiggleWorks, Puyallup

Award winning soft play and moving equipment for young children is featured at this indoor playground at the South Hill Mall. Open 10:00AM-9:00PM, Monday-Saturday; 11:00Am-6:00PM, Sunday. Admission is $10/chid, $8/siblings, 12 months and younger are free. There are lots of deals available for WiggleWorks, save with a multi-visit punch card, stopping in during Happy Hour, or getting a group rate with 5 or more friends. More details on specials, parties and events on their site.

Indoor Play Park, Puyallup

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 AM-11:30AM, $2/resident, $3/non-residents, $1/additional child, ages 5 and under. For the youngest of kiddos, Indoor Play Park has toys, tikes, climbing fun, and a chance to meet new friends! Adult supervision required.

South Hill Mall Play Area, Puyallup

Noah’s ark themed soft play area near Old Country Buffet 

Tacoma Mall Play Area, Tacoma

A “Kidgit” themed play area near the food court, open during mall hours. 

Odyssey One, Tacoma

Odyssey One has a large jungle gym soft play park for kids 10 years and younger, laser tag and an arcade! Admission is $5.95/ages 2 and up and $1.95/2 and under or free with a paying older child. Adults always free! Try to go early before the crowds and be sure to check your Entertainment Book for coupons.

UPlay Town Center at Frog & Kiwi Cafe, University Place-Tacoma

An awesome wooden structure and a nice variety of ride on toys and quality, creative play things. Get a latte in the cafe and watch your little ones play! Open daily, but closed on weekends during private parties. First child $6.99, additional child $4.99. On Tuesdays and Thursdays after 2 Pm, only $2/chid. Play pass for $50 for 10 admissions (to be used anytime). Check out their Facebook page before you go for hours.

Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Downtown Tacoma

A recently updated and renovated museum that includes a variety of play areas for children of various ages, including an art space, water play, and lots of imaginative play. Admission is pay-as-you-will. Open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10:00AM-5:00PM, closed Tuesdays, Members only on Mondays, 10:00AM-5:00PM. Check out their site for awesome kids programs and Parents’ Night Out.

STAR Center, Tacoma

An urban adventure play era with three different sections. Day passes are $5/child. Open daily with a variety of play times. Check out their site for current hours. Ages 6 months-3 years, parents must supervise their child and remain with them at all times. Ages 4-12 years, parent must remain either with their child in the playground or wait outside the playground, in the designated viewing area. Children must be 44″ tall to play on the Urban Adventure Course. To beat the crowds, avoid the Childwatch Hours which s a supervised childcare time fro members’ kids using the facility. While not a bargain, many SFM readers recommend a STAR center membership, which includes many perks. Fees are based on a sliding scale and there is also a military discount.

Tiny Tots Indoor Playground, Lakewood

Kids will delight in the opportunity to run, jump, climb and explore in this safe environment, while creating fun with oodles of toys and space. Parents supervision required, maximum of three children per adult. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30AM-11:00Am, $2/child. 

Discovery Village, Gig Harbor

Five play areas for children of all ages, including an indoor playground, Moon Sand Beach, The Village (imaginative play space for dramatic play), and Drawing Table. Open Monday-Saturday, 10:00AM-4:00PM, admission $8.50/12 months-12 years, $6.00/siblings, FREE for adults.

Kitsap County

Imagination Station, Port Orchard

Indoor playground and children’s classes. Open Mondays-Fridays, 12:00PM-3:00PM, admission is $7/child, $5/siblings; first responders and teachers $6/child, $4/siblings. Parent supervision required. Date nights, preschool, and other programs available; detailed information on their site.

Play Kitsap, Bremerton

14 different fun activities for kids, including bounce house, play kitchen area,  21 foot tall slide,  sports zone, play cars. Admission is good for the entire day! FREE/12 months and under and adults, $4/12-24 months, $8/24 months and up, $6/siblings, $1 off for active duty military. Open, Mondays, Tuesday, Fridays, 9:30AM-5:00PM, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30AM-7:00PM.

Thurston County

Charlie’s Safari, Lacey

22,000 square feet of indoor safari themed play, including a 2 story laser tag arena, huge arcade, play equipment and inflatables! Pride Rock Bounces for ages 5+, 3,000 square foot fully encased play structure, Big Game Hunt Lazer Tag (must be 4′ to play), Big Five Tykes Village (ages 1-4), and an arcade! Costs vary for each area from $6.95-$21.95. Check our their Pricing page for details. Open Mondays-Thursdays, 11:00AM-8:00Pm, Fridays, 11:00AM-9:00Pm, Sundays, 11:00AM-8:00PM. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for specials!

Black Hills Gymnastics, Lacey

Preschool Open Gym every Friday, 10:00AM-11:30AM, ages 6 and under, $7/child, $5 BHG students. Friday Night Open Gym every 1, 2, and 4th Friday of the month, 7:00PM-8:30PM, ages 6 and up, $7/child, $5/2nd child, $3/3rd child (siblings only).  Parents’ Night Out and a variety of other programs featured on their site.

Cabela’s, Lacey

There’s no play area here, but there is lots to look at in the 185,000 square foot showroom. Your kids can feed the fish and stare at all the museum quality animal displays, huge aquariums, and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats. There is also an old-fashioned shooting gallery. Open Monday-Saturday, 8:00AM-9:00PM, Sunday, 9:00AM-7:00PM. 

Hands on Children’s Museum, Olympia

While not specifically a playground, this excellent museum offers multiple exhibit galleries for play and exploration. There is an arts studio, building area, forest, farmer’s market, water play area, and climbing structure. Geared toward children ages birth to 10. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:00AM-5:00PM, Sundays & Mondays, 11:00AM-5:00PM. Outdoor Discovery Center closes at dusk. Admission (ages 1+) $10.95, Seniors (62+) $8.95, Military with ID, $8.95.     Deals to the museum are featured on Groupon and Living Social, so keep your eyes peeled! Check out their awesome website for plenty of information for first time visitors.

Westfield Capital Mall, Olympia

An animal themed play area near JCPenney is open during mall hours.  Reader Crystina says this mall has a lot to offer for the family, “A foam play area for tots, a family restroom with 4 or 5 changing stations, a kiddie potty next to the adults, foam toys & a movie playing, and nursing stations with curtains, plus there is a Chuck E Cheese for your older kiddos!”

Alley Oop Gymnastics, Tumwater

Indoor Playground on Fridays, 10:00AM-11:30AM during the school year for ages 6 and under. On Saturdays, 6:30PM-8:30PM, Open Gym for ages 12 and under for $13/child. On Fridays. 7:30-9:30 PM, Open Gym for ages 12 and older, $13/child.

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For more options, check the Bounce House List for a complete list of bounce houses/inflatable indoor play places in the South Sound. I also have a list of malls with soft play areas.  You’ll find both of those in the menu bar under, “Rainy Day Play!”

Jump for Joy: It’s the Bounce House List!

South Sound Area Bounce House Places/ Bounce House List/Inflatable Play Places -Last updated 1/11/2014

This is my complete list of area Bouncy Houses. Be sure to also check out our Indoor PlayGround Guide!

Note that all these facilities require a signed waiver and socks must be worn at all times. They also all offer birthday party packages, but please-don’t try to sneak a party into open play! Times and fees vary, but generally, parents jump free. Most offer punch cards that will save you a bit if you go frequently. Some also offer sibling discounts.  Also, keep in mind that the atmosphere can vary from week to week. Some days, your little one will have the run of the place; others every playgroup in town will show up.  Be sure to read the listings for special deals, too!

Sounds Fun Mom Recommends:

South King County

Trampoline Nation, Federal Way

All ages fun on trampolines! Weekday open jump times begin at 4 PM, 10:30 AM on weekends. Check out their Hours page for more detailed info and special scheduling during school breaks. $11/first hour, $7/second hour. They also have a Monday special, and tween and teen nights.  Sounds Fun Mom is proudly sponsored by Trampoline Nation! Tell them you heard it here first!

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Bounce360, Kent/Maple Valley/Black Diamond

All three locations have daily open play times.  Multiple inflatables at each location, as well as air hockey tables and arcade areas.  Two hour sessions are about $9/child. Punch card pricing is also available. Be sure to check out their Specials page before you go!

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Bounce E House, Tacoma

A shiny, new facility with a location convenient to folks in Lakewood, Summit, Puyallup or Tacoma.  Open play is available 6 days a week; check out their hours here.  Two hour play sessions are only $7/child. You can thank them for sponsoring Sounds Fun Mom!

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 Super Jump Party Zone, Auburn/Sumner/South Hill

SuperJump Party Zone is no longer at the SuperMall in Auburn or the Commons in Federal Way. You can still book a party at their Sumner/Algona location. For open play, you can go to their South Hill location.

Jumpin Jack and Jill

6.00 per child; parents jump free

Open Play   Jumpin Jack and Jill also typically adds sessions during school holidays.

Tuesdays for 0-11 10AM-12  & 4-6

Wednesday for 0-11 10AM-12 & 4-7

Fridays for 0-6  10AM-12

Saturday for 0-11  9AM-10:15

Punch cards available.

Their popular Date Nights continue on first and third Fridays. The Jumpin Jack and Jill Facebook page requires you to send them a friend request, but it’s worth doing as they frequently have fb specials and updated hours. You’ll have to go the page from their site.

Puyallup

SuperJump is now at the South Hill Mall next to Charming Charlies  They have daily, pop in play times. I’ll update with the specific hours when I have a chance.

Tacoma Pump it Up  OPEN!  Pump it Up has re-opened, and now has daily pop in times, as well as other specials. Be sure to like their Facebook page for special offers

BounceEHouse Great location in South Tacoma, also convenient to Midland/Summit/Lakewood/Puyallup. Daily open play times

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1030-1230

Tuesday, Thursday: 3-6    NEW!

Saturday: 930-11:30am

Special times also announced via their Facebook page

Gig Harbor

Jump Gig Harbor Sadly, Jump! Gig Harbor’s only bounce house place, has closed. We wish the Boyd family good luck in their new adventures!

Lacey

Jumping Jacks  This spot closed at the end of January, 2014. If you have a Living Social voucher you weren’t able to use, just call, and they’ll cheerfully offer you a refund.

Lacey area readers may want to try Charlie’s Safari instead.

 

All these facilities are also glad to talk to you about arranging a private time for your group.

 Happy jumping!