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

South Sound Indoor Playground/Play Place Guide-Last Updated 9/24/2014  SFM recommends double checking hours if it’s a holiday period, or you’d be coming from a long distance.

If you found this post searching for South Sound indoor playgrounds, Welcome! I blog exclusively for South Puget Sound families. I hope you make SFM a regular stop.

Even in the rainiest of weather, kids have energy to burn. Here are some options for running and jumping that don’t include puddles!

Don’t forget to check the bouncy house list for more options. I also have a list of area malls and stores with play areas.

For purposes of this post, I decided to stick to places that could loosely be considered play grounds or play areas. When possible, I’ve copied hours and rates directly from websites. I’ve also provided links for you to check out.

South King County

Burien-The Jungle Gym Open play times Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday, and Saturday at varying times, plus monthly date nights, camps, and parties. From the home page, click on the, “Schedule,” tab.

Tukwila-Family Fun  Center Variety of indoor play areas, including the jungle-gym, soft-play facility, Kidopolis for kids 58 inches and shorter. 5.50 admission; socks required. Value packages are also available if you want to use multiple attractions. Look on their website for coupons  or specials or in your Entertainment Book.  They’ve also been on Groupon frequently. Open daily, all day, except for special closures for private parties.

Kent City of Kent indoor park Opens October 7th!  For ages 10mos. to 41/2 yrs. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 9:30-11. Not open every week-check the link for “off,” days before you go. 2.00 first child; 1.00 for siblings; punch cards available. Limit of 3 children per caregiver  Ride on toys and others in an open gym setting

Kent-The Metropolitan gym opens their facility to the public during select hours: Wed, Thursday,  & Fri 2-4 or Saturday 12-2 for all ages.  $11/ 1 hour  $13/ 1-2 hours-2.00 discount for members

Federal Way Trampoline Nation Weekday open jump times begin at 4PM Weekend times start at 10AM high flying, all ages fun on trampolines  Check their fb page for extended hours during Federal Way School District breaks, and ask about tween and teen nights. We are proudly sponsored by Trampoline Nation. Tell ‘em we sent you!

Federal Way-Federal Way Community Center “Come Play With Me,” indoor gym Mondays and Fridays 9:30-11:30 3.00 per child/punch cards available Bounce houses and a variety of ride on and sensory toys.  Coffee provided for the grown-ups!

Auburn The Auburn Gymnastics Center has a weekly open gym for preschoolers on Wednesday mornings from 11:30-12:30 and one for school age children on Fridays evenings from 7:30-9:30  The tot gym is 5.00; the Friday session is 15.00 or 10.00 for members.

Auburn-The city of Auburn  Gymnasium at Les Gove Park Indoor playground  For ages 5 and younger Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30-11  2.00 first child; 1.00 each additional child; max of 3 per caregiver. Punch cards available. There are some closures around holiday times. The gym also offers periodic kids’ night out events and other family fun.

Auburn-Xtreme Bounce of Fun at the Supermall  Indoor playground for young children; Follows mall hours including holidays Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 9pm and Sunday from 11:00am to 6pm; also offers date nights and parties

Enumclaw-Peak Gymnastics   Indoor park  Wednesdays and Fridays  12-2 4.00 per child; adults are free. Also hosts date nights/parents’ night out every Friday.

Pierce County

 Sumner Roach Gymnastics in Sumner Open play Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 1-3:00; they also do date nights 7.00 per child/5.00 members Parental supervision required

Sumner City of  Sumner  Indooor Playground; link opens pdf  Music and toys suitable for kids 1-5. Runs through May; follows Sumner school calendar and is closed on no-school days and holidays. Parent with 3 or more tikes are asked to bring someone to help supervise. Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays Times: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Cost: $3 per child at door or passes available at $25 for 10 visits Site: Robert Miller Gymnasium 15206 Daffodil St. Ct. E, Sumner

Fife-Indoor Play Time and Art  (Ages 12M- 5Y) This program is for parents and caregivers with their children, ages 1-5. Children enjoy small and large motor skill activities, art experiences, or group games. Planned activity every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Parents must be present to supervise their children at all times. No registration is required. Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2.00/child Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Puyallup  WiggleWorks  Indoor playground at the South Hill Mall for young children  10AM-9 Monday-Saturday; 11AM-6PM Sunday  Award winning soft play and moving equipment. 10.00 per child/8.00 siblings-12 mos. and younger are free. **LOTS of deals are available. Save with a multi-visit punch card or by visiting during, “Happy hour.” You can also save just by rounding up 5 friends to go with you! Check the link for more details. Ask about parties and special events, too.

Puyallup  Indoor Play Park   *This hasn’t been updated for 2014 yet. I am working on confirming hours.  Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30-11:30 for ages 5 and under. 2.00 for residents; 3.00 for non residents; 1.00 each additional child; punchcards available.

Tacoma-Odyssey One offers a large jungle gym place space as well as an arcade area. Lunch specials available. Check for bogo coupons from the Entertainment book before you go. This is usually a great time in the morning before it gets crowded. 5.95 for kids 2 and up 1.95 for kids under 2 (they’re free if with an older child at the 5.95 rate). Grown-ups free.

Tacoma-University Place UPlay Town Center at Frog and Kiwi Cafe in University Place Town Center  Indoor play area with 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 when private parties are booked. First child $6.99;Each additional child $4.99 Specials: Tuesday & Thursday after 2PM only $2 per child!  Play Pass $50 for 10 admissions (can be used anytime). Check their fb page before you go.

Tacoma-Children’s Museum  Admission is pay-as-you will; while not strictly a play area, there are lots of places to play and explore  Wednesdays-Sundays 10-5 Members only on Mondays; lots of special activities, too.

South Tacoma-The STAR center  has an urban adventure area with three different sections and free play hours. Day passes can be purchased for 5.00.  Open daily; if you want to go at a less crowded time, avoid childwatch hours which is a supervised childcare time for members’ kids using the facility. While not a bargain, many SFM readers have suggested investing in a STAR center membership, which comes with lots of nice perks. Fees are on a sliding scale, and there is a military discount.

Lakewood-Pierce County Parks and Recreation has a new indoor playground for preschoolers at the Lakewood Community Center Tuesday and Thursday mornings. You can register in blocks to save money, or go as a drop-in as space is available.  I don’t see fall 2014 dates. I’ll work on updating this for you.

Gig Harbor- Discovery Village-Children’s Museum and preschool also has a soft play area. Gig Harbor  Open Monday-Saturday 10-3  Also offers preschool, parents’ night out, and a variety of enrichment programming. 8.50/6.00 siblings; adults free. Memberships are available.


Port Orchard Imagination Station Indoor playground and children’s classes in Port Orchard. Open play 12-3 Tuesdays-Fridays; 7.00 per child/5.00 siblings; discounts for first responders and teachers  Date nights, preschool, and other programming available

Bremerton Play Kitsap Indoor playground in Bremerton Open play daily Mon: 9:30am – 5pm Tue: 9:30am – 5pm Wed: 9:30am – 7pm*Thurs: 9:30am – 7pm*Fri: 9:30am – 5pmSat: 9:30am – 3pm
Sun: Closed for parties Admission is 4.00-8.00, depending on the child’s age. Discounts available.

Thurston County

Lacey Charlie’s Safari-  Huge, indoor play center; daily open hours  Check for fb specials before you go.

Lacey Black Hills Gymnastics-Lacey Open play for kids 6 and under Fridays 1o-11:30 7.0o first child; sibling discounts.  They also offer parent’s night out and a variety of other programming.

Olympia-Hands on Children’s Museum  While not specifically a playground, there are many areas to play and explore. Excellent museum

Olympia Piper’s Playground  Indoor play space for young children. Also offers classes and other events CLOSED  Piper’s playground is closed.

Tumwater Alley Oop Gymnastics-Tumwater  Indoor playground for kids under 6 10-11:30 on Fridays; There is also open gym for older kids, though I don’t see any listed right now.

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 bounce house places. I also have a listing of area indoor playgrounds under Rainy Day Play!

Yep, those mismatched socks are on my kid. We like to think Spiderman goes with anything-it’s the new black.

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:

In Federal Way? We are proudly sponsored by the area’s biggest, newest trampoline place-Trampoline Nation Super fun for the whole family! Tell their crew thanks for sponsoring Sounds Fun Mom!

Near Tacoma? Or Lakewood, Summit, Puyallup? BounceEHouse is our newest sponsor. They have a shiny new facility and a location convenient for most everyone!

Listings by City:

South King County-

Federal Way

Trampoline Nation  Weekday open jump times begin at 3PM Weekend times start at 10AM high flying, all ages fun on trampolines  Be sure to check out their Monday special, and ask about tween and teen nights. We are proudly sponsored by Trampoline Nation. Tell ‘em we sent you!

Kent/Enumclaw/Black Diamond

Bounce 360 has three locations-Black Diamond, Enumclaw, and Kent  All three have afternoon and evening open play days and evenings, Monday-Friday and morning times on weekends  7.50 per session (up to two hours); punch card pricing available


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.


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!


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!