Will you be attending an upcoming kid’s birthday party at an indoor playground? While kids will have a lot of fun playing in an indoor bounce house, it’s important to know about a few things before being ready to party. Most kids party places, like trampoline parks or amusement centers, have specific details you may not know if you’ve never visited like attire, height and age restrictions, present information, and rules regarding dropping kids off. Here’s six things to keep in mind to limit the unwanted surprises and always be prepared to party!
1. Special Socks
Many jump parks require parents to buy special socks before allowing their child to play at the indoor playground. These special socks are non-slip socks with a grippy design on the bottom. The socks will help prevent children from falling while playing on very slippery equipment. While most jump parks require these, Pump It Up doesn’t require special socks to be worn by customers, regular socks are all you need to enjoy our attractions. Also, if the socks were accidentally left at home, most of our facilities offer adorable socks for purchase so your child can still join in on the fun!
While most indoor playgrounds are climate controlled, it’s important to think about your child’s attire. They’ll be running, jumping and playing, so it’s best to dress them in comfortable clothes for the activities they’ll be participating in. Pump It Up is climate controlled, so you don’t have to worry about dressing your kids in a jacket, however, we always encourage you to note any party themes like glow in the dark, animals, princess or anything else so your child will feel part of the celebration.
Most kids party places are public venues, which means there could be multiple parties taking place in the same indoor playground at the same day. Since the venue could be heavily crowded, it could result in some safety issues. Children could wander off and get lost or get hurt by other kids due to the crowds. At Pump It Up, safety is important, which is why every party is 100% private. This means no one but your party guests will be in the playground and parents don’t have to worry about losing their kid.
4. Height & Age Restrictions
All jump parks have height and age restrictions, but they vary from place to place. It’s important to check online the restrictions before attending a party at a specific play center. This way you can be sure all guests, including your child, and any siblings of guests, can have fun during the party. At Pump It Up, kids have to be at least 34 inches tall in order to play on the inflatables. However, if they do not meet this minimum, don’t fret, most of our facilities have toddler toys for them to enjoy, such as ride-ons and building blocks.
If you’re bringing a gift for the special birthday kid, keep in mind the size and weight of the present. Many party places won’t offer to store your presents for you, so you’ll have to keep the present with you at all times. At Pump It Up, each party receives a dedicated present bin. Our Party Pros will collect all the gifts at the beginning of the party and keep them in the bin, which will be kept with the party at all times.
6. Dropping Kids Off
If you’re considering dropping your child off at a trampoline park or kids amusement center for a party, we recommend you ask the party host beforehand. At Pump It Up, we assist with supervision throughout the party to take the stress the host to keep all children accounted for, however this is not the case for all kids party places. Also, some indoor parks may require you check-in your child and sign a waiver before they play. Either way, you’ll want to be sure you know what to do when you arrive.
Although you can never know 100% what to expect before arriving at a new play center, these six tips should help you feel a little more prepared. Once you’ve taken these key points into consideration, it will surely take any stress off of you and the party hosts and make the party more enjoyable for everyone!
To learn more about our jump parks and how you can throw your kid the best party on the planet, visit our birthday party page.