Bouncy houses, where your kids can go crazy so you don’t. Here’s a roundup of the best bouncy houses near NYC. We’ve been visiting these indoor romper rooms since our daughter, Brooklyn, was about a year old. These giant inflatables are a lot of fun and an awesome way to burn off energy while practicing motor skills and gaining confidence for little ones.
Each facility we’ve visited is a little different but for the most part they all typically have two rooms. You begin in one room and play for about 45 minutes then rotate to the next. Socks are required to participate in all of them. There are normally 4-8 activities and/or inflatables per room ranging from bouncing, climbing, sliding and some sort of ball game. For some reason they are often located in corporate office parks, so require a car to drive there.
As much fun as they are, they can also be dangerous. Since our daughter is just four years old we ONLY participate if the facility offers preschool times which are designed for children under six years old. The one time we did participate in an open bounce for all ages we realized it was a mistake and I was a nervous wreck watching older kids push past mine and feared one would land on her with an atomic elbow drop.
Here she is at just a year old getting the hang of things. We went during a time dedicated to toddlers at this particular facility.
These huge inflatables are very sturdy and every bounce facility we’ve ever visited encourages parents to jump and play in the structures with your little ones. It’s seriously fun and brings out the inner kid in me.
- Approximately $13/kid. Adults are free.
- If you have a preschooler and a toddler, there are normally a couple toys for the younger ones to play with while the preschooler jumps and climbs. Often times facilities won’t charge if the sibling is under two.
- Food and drink aren’t allowed, there are water fountains in the rooms. (I bring my daughter’s water bottle and never had a problem)
- Strollers aren’t encouraged.
- Everyone must wear socks.
- Pick an open bounce session dedicated to your child’s age group.
- Some facilities offer Sensory Bounce for kids with special needs. ADHD, low muscle tone, ASD, SPD, social skill difficulties and gross motor or balance difficulties.
Here’s a round up of bouncy houses in the NYC area:
BounceU of College Point, NY
132-25 14th Avenue
College Point, NY
67th St.& 9th Ave.
Nanuet Mall South
Pump It Up of Secaucus, NJ
301 Penhorn Ave Ste 5
Great Neck, NY
Roselle Park, NJ
5100 Belmar Boulevard, Suite 9
Wall, NJ 07727
69 Rt. 17 South
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604