The problem with a lot of play venues for kids is that they feel dirty. There isn’t enough hand sanitizer and wipes in the world for some of the Chuck E Cheese’s that we’ve been to over the years. We’re immediately skeptical about these types of places. Our goal this year was to have a fun yet easy birthday party for our 4 year old daughter: pay someone to take care of everything. Have them throw a great party; no clean up; happy kids, happy parents. We heard good things about a place called Bounce U. so we decided to do our due diligence to see if they could help us meet our goals.
Right off the bat the folks at Bounce U in San Carlos, CA walked us through a lot of options. For $300 we could have a party for 20 kids and their parents, all in. All we would have to do it show up. We decided to try it. The appeal of not having to clean up after 20 kids was enough to outweigh the scars of the filthy Chuck ‘E Cheeses that had plagued us for so many years. The second you give Bounce U the green light they get to work for you, by sending you branded invites with detailed map and activity info for all of your guests. When we arrived on party day, we were greeted by our party host. Our high school aged host was tremendous. The entire time my wife and I looked for appropriate opportunities to ask her if she was looking for a side baby sitting gig. Unfortunately, never of us asked the question – biggest missed opportunity of the afternoon. She managed the kids elegantly, like a velvet hammer, moving the party along promptly while making sure all of the kids were engaged and having fun. The kids were running around, having a great time. Parents felt no pressure to join in, some did, some socialized with the other moms and dads; perfect balance. We spent about 30 minutes in a first room with 3 jumpy structures and slides. We then moved to a second room with completely different structures to add a perfectly timed dose of reinvigoration of the party.
At the end of the bouncy time our host seamlessly led us into cake and party time. We did actually end up bringing our own cupcakes because of our daughter’s peanut allergy, but our host still ran the show and made sure all of the kids were fed and their apple juice cups filled. At present time, The Bounce U team managed tracking of gift givers, trash and then bring the presents to our car. Oh, and did we mention that the place is sparkling? Making us forget about the gum at the bottom the tables at the scores of other “kid fun” places we’ve frequented. Bounce U supplied us with one of the most enjoyable and stress free parties we’ve ever thrown for our kids.
The place is perfect for kids aged 4 to 8. For more information visit the Bounce U website.