It’s been open for about only five months, but if the line on a recent weekday morning is any indication, Urban Jungle Fun Park has quickly become one of the coolest play spots in town.
And with 18,000 square feet of obstacles, trampolines and fun, it definitely makes sense.
David Allen, Urban Jungle’s general manager, said the park aims to get kids up and moving while also having fun. And truth be told, no matter what your kids try to tell you, it was lots more fun than playing video games and watching the umpteenth episode of “Teen Titans Go.”
“We want the kids to come in and get fit but have fun,” he said.
Since the park is such a popular spot, save time by signing waivers for yourself and your kids online. If it’s your first visit, you can either bring your own jump socks (those sticky, grippy socks you can find at a trampoline park) or buy some from the front desk for $2.50 to reuse for next time. You can choose 60 minutes, 90 minutes or 120 minutes of playtime. Each person in your party gets a colored wristband that indicates when your time is up (don’t worry, they’ll call it out over the intercom).
And then the fun begins.
We went during a peak time, about 10 a.m., so the park was already buzzing by the time we arrived. During the summer, the park opens at 8 a.m. so you can come early and beat the crowd (and get a $2 discount). Allen said the crowd dies down after 5 p.m. as well.
Since it was our first visit, I chose to join in the fun. Parents pay just half-price if they decide to play, which is perfect for those with younger kids. That meant that I could keep up with my preschooler while letting my older son have run of the park. And there’s tons to do.
“We have a little bit of everything,” Allen said. “It’s hard to get bored.”
The park is divided into a few different sections, which means that if your kid decides he’s tired of meting out slam dunks on the trampoline basketball goal, he can join in a ball war in the huge, climbable mega-structure. There was a wrecking ball, ball cannons (don’t worry, the balls were soft) and more. After sliding face-first off one of the obstacles, I decided I’d leave the rest of the fun to the kids.
In addition to the other trampolines, super-slides and the spider tower (I didn’t even try to squeeze myself into that one), there was a yard-size plastic bowling game and an obstacle course. The climbing walls were also a popular attraction.
There’s also a section made especially for kids 5 and younger that has a kid-proof gate. That means if you have to check on another kiddo or run to the restroom, you don’t have to worry about your child leaving the area.
I know what you’re thinking: That sounds like a lot of fun – for my kids. But what am I going to do for an hour or two while they tire themselves out? The answer to that is one of Urban Jungle’s best-kept secrets: the Adult Chill Zone. With plush chairs, TVs and massage chairs (you can simply use a credit card to choose how long of a massage you’d like), you can hang out while your kids do their thing. There’s even free Wi-Fi.
“We wanted parents to be able to relax while their kids have fun,” Allen said.
Urban Jungle also has three different types of birthday party packages and four private rooms if you’d like to celebrate your kids’ big day there. Allen said they also host corporate, school and other group events.
With everything there is to do, there’s really only one thing you need to bring: energy.