Like most kids have experienced, my mom was overprotective. I distinctly remember pulling into the driveway well before curfew and seeing her little head disappearing in the shadows from our front window. She couldn’t sleep until she knew I was home and safe. At the time, I rolled my eyes, but now that I have a couple wee ones of my own, I completely understand the gripping “mama bear” instinct that takes hold.
Never has this been truer for me than when we went to a birthday party recently at EZ Air – a warehouse in Reno converted into wall-to-wall trampolines. I instructed my husband to never leave my daughter’s side, and to protect her from the wild boys daring each other to do dangerous stunts. Truth be told, I could barely watch. I was so nervous, and I realize this makes me sound like a freak show, but I suppose you could say it’s ingrained in who I am and how I was raised. I’ll say it loud and proud: I’m an overprotective parent.
But it was at that moment I realized I need to loosen the grip a tad. There were no broken bones that day, but instead a love for fun and exercise. We have since visited a few of Reno’s indoor playgrounds, and feel well-equipped to review them for you.
This was our foray into all things jumping. Like all indoor jump parks, EZ Air requires parents to sign a waiver that warns them of all of the things that could go wrong while jumping. Such a warm and fuzzy document, but a requirement for those wishing to jump. EZ Air has three separate sections: a section with 12 sectioned off trampolines that also go onto the wall, another area of sectioned off trampolines for older children and games such as dodge ball, and one area that consists of three long trampolines and a foam pit that kids can jump into. My opinion is that EZ Air is best for older kids. My 3-year old was a little intimidated by the older kids around her, and the older kids weren’t very aware of the younger kids, which could be dangerous at times.
Price: $10/hour Monday through Sunday, and $15 for two hours Monday through Thursday. For teens 16 years and older, the fee is $15 for two hours.
Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday: 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. (16+ years old); Sunday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Location & Phone Number: 895 E. Patriot Blvd., Reno, NV 89511; 775-853-1200
Jump Man Jump is, in my opinion, a perfect place for younger kids and toddlers. They have the warehouse sectioned off with many different inflated jumpers, and even a ball pit and bouncers for babies. With the variety of bouncers offered, your kid definitely won’t get bored. My 3-year old spent the time running from the slide to the obstacle course to the traditional bouncer, and took the most amazing nap afterward – unheard of in our house nowadays! The only downside, which is important to mention, is that there is no air conditioning, so take note before you head there on a 100+ degree day.
Price: $5 for Open Jump on various dates. Check their website for the next date and time – they keep it updated regularly.
Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; 6:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Location and Phone Number: 335 Edison Way, Suite #2, Reno, NV 89502; 775-856-3226
To be completely honest, we have not been to Pump It Up, but it’s next on our list the next time we need to “get the sillies out,” as Yo Gabba Gabba would say. A quick visit to their web site yields plenty of information.
Price: For “Pop-In Playtime,” the cost is $6 for children over the age of two. You can by an Open Jump Discount Pass good for 10 visits for $48.
Pop-In-Play Hours: Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Jump N Glow Open Jump (lights are turned off, and each jumper is given a glow necklace. Wear white, neon, or tie-dye.); Tuesday: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location and Phone Number: 610 E. Glendale Ave., Sparks, NV 89431; 775-324-9663
What are you favorite indoor places to play and jump?