PLEASE NOTE: This post was written in 2015, and while it should still give you a good overview of the experience, it is also possible that it may contain some outdated information. Please check their website for the most current information, especially about things like schedules and pricing.
Thank you to Bounce Town USA for providing my family with complimentary admission. All opinions are 100% my own.
I used to be a winter person. Seriously, pre-kids I loooooved a good cold snowy winter. Sweaters and fireplaces and hot chocolate. Man, that was just the best. Fast forward 4 1/2 years and two little boys later and winter and I are no longer on such good terms. Why, you ask? Let me show you my mangled couches. My scratched wood floors. My broken lamps. Good thing those little boys are so gosh darn cute!
So it’s little wonder that I am always SO EXCITED to find out about a new indoor play place. And just wait until you see the one I’ve got to share today. It just opened last fall in Milford, CT and when I say they’ve thought of everything, well, that is not an exaggeration!
Bounce Town USA is located on Boston Post Road, and it’s easy to find thanks to a big colorful sign out front.
Doesn’t it just beckon to you as an oasis in the midst of all that snow? I couldn’t wait to get my kids inside!
There are a couple parking spaces right out front, but the majority of the parking is behind the building. Just keep driving past the building to the back. You’ll see it.
From the front there it seems impossible that this building could house “CT’s largest indoor adventure zone and arcade,” but don’t be fooled. This place is massive!
Of course, before we could check it out, we had to fill out a waiver. I had meant to do it online beforehand (online waivers are such a nice feature!), but it totally slipped my mind. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the process to fill one out on site was super easy. It’s all electronic and a touch screen. Plus it autofills in the information if you are filling out waivers for multiple kids. Very high tech 🙂
And once you fill one out for your kiddos, you’re good to go for any return visit as well. You just give your name when you purchase admission and you’ll pop up in the system. That’s a nice time-saver too.
Since I have an 18-month old, the first thing I look for in an indoor play place is some kind of toddler area where I know he will have fun and, most importantly, be safe. Because we all know that 18-month-olds have absolutely no conception of what they are capable of doing. Or rather, I should say they have no conception of what they are NOT capable of doing 🙂
I was so excited to see that not only does Bounce Town USA have a large and completely enclosed toddler play area that is limited to those ages 3 and under (or at least 36 inches and under, even if your child is a little older than 3) with a bounce house, giant blocks, mini-slides, bouncy toys and more, but they also have special pricing for kids ages 3 and under, plus special bounce times when toddlers can come for even more of a discount. And there are no restrictions on where they can play either. They will probably love the toddler area so much that they won’t want to leave, but they are welcome to play on any of the inflatables!
As you’re hanging out in the toddler area, you can’t help but notice these two massive towers looming above you.
These are rock climbing walls and participants get one-on-one assistance (harness and all) for a climb (there is an additional charge for this activity). Although there’s no age restriction on it, so your little one is free to give it a go, this is a wonderful activity to have here for older children who may want more of a challenge. It really is all ages play here!
Speaking of all ages, as I mentioned, any child (up to age 14) is welcome on the larger inflatables, even the toddlers. Take a look at this giant slide! I was sure Boo was having none of it, but he just grabbed his little slide sack and high-tailed it right up to the top.
And look at this smile when he came down. Is this little boy having the time of his life or what?!
There are a lot of unique inflatables here. Like this obstacle course one with a funny “squeeze” feature that Boo loved.
Not me though. Ever since I was 6 months pregnant with the little guy and I had to climb all the way up those itty bitty tunnels at the McDonald’s Play Place to rescue my frightened 2-year-old, enclosed spaces and I just aren’t on good terms. Uh-uh. Not happening. Fortunately, adults aren’t allowed on the inflatables anyway (except to assist their small children), so I was off the hook 🙂
Here are a few more fun ones. I especially liked the one that looks like a giant UFO. So unique!
When the kids need a break from bouncing, the arcade can provide some additional entertainment.
Boo even won enough tickets to pick out a little prize. I love this age where a little monster finger puppet and a couple temporary tattoos are like, the best thing ever 🙂
So Bounce Town USA is looking pretty good for kids, right? Well now let me tell you what makes it great for parents too!
First of all, tell me if this sounds familiar: as you rush out the door you realize that your cell phone battery is almost out of charge. You think, no biggie, I’ll charge it in the car. Then, after wrestling two kids into carseats, picking the half-crushed Cheerios off your seat and watching in frustration as your toddler son proceeds to take off his hat, mittens, shoes and socks in the freezing car, you completely forget to plug in your phone. Yes, I speak from personal experience.
Well, guess what? No problem here! Bounce Town USA actually thought to provide a phone charging station. It really is the little things, isn’t it?
There’s also this whole seating/eating area & parent lounge (complete with high chairs, did you see those?! Sorry, but that is pretty exciting to me 🙂 ). Lots of cubbies for shoes, bags, etc. too.
They also have a variety of vending machines with snacks and drinks, a freezer with ice cream treats and also hot pizza available for purchase. Because bouncing makes kids hungry, and hungry kids get cranky, and who wants to drive home with a back seat full of cranky kids, right?
Having been to many of these types of places, and many of them looking kind of industrial and bleak, I also appreciate all the bright cheery decor on the walls and everywhere else. Even the restrooms are adorable.
Just FYI, the changing station is in the family restroom.
In case you’re planning a birthday party, Bounce Town USA has some pretty fabulous party rooms.
You can find out more about those here.
We spent close to two hours there bouncing, playing and just generally enjoying the fact that we didn’t have to worry about anything falling and shattering on the floor (oh wait, that may have just been me).
We could have stayed longer but we had to high-tail it over to New Haven for hubby’s birthday lunch at our favorite pizza joint, Yorkside. (Did I mention that this was hubby’s bday? Oh yes, I brought him on a blog outing for his birthday. He must really love me, right? Ha!).
I hope you get a chance to visit this new inflatable adventure zone with your family (and don’t forget about the special offer just for Out and About Mom readers!). Your kids (and your sofa, and your lamps, and your walls, and your wood floors) will thank you 🙂
Psssst! Deal alert! SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR OUT AND ABOUT MOM READERS! Get $3 OFF regular admission and $25 OFF birthday party rooms when you mention “Out and About Mom!!!” (Birthday party rooms promotion ends 5/1/15.)
Currently, Bounce Town USA is open to the public for open play during all business hours. No reservations needed.
Monday – Thursday, Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Price includes unlimited bouncing for the day so long as you remain in the facility (cannot leave and come back).
Age 3 and under: $9.99*/child
Age 4+: $12.99/child Monday-Thursday; $14.99/child Friday-Sunday and holidays (school vacations are considered holidays)
NO CHARGE FOR ADULTS, BUT THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE INFLATABLES UNLESS ASSISTING A SMALL CHILD. NO ADULTS BOUNCING.
Frequent bouncer passes available at a discount; purchase 6 prepaid admissions and save over 25%. Toddlers (3 and under) are $49.99 and ages 4 and up are $59.99 plus tax.
There is a separate charge for the mountain climbing activity: 1 climb/$5, 2 climbs/$10, 5 climbs/$20
*Toddler Time is offered M-Th: get there before noon and get a reduced rate of $8.99/child for ages 3 and under.
- Stroller Friendly: YES. Strollers can be taken anywhere in the facility.
- Coffee Mug Friendly: YES. But all food and beverages must remain in the arcade/parent lounge area.
- Restroom: YES. There are restrooms located directly across from the admissions desk.
- Baby Changing Station: YES. It is located in the family restroom.
- Parking: YES. Limited parking is available out front, but there is a very large lot behind the facility.
- Food for Sale: YES. There are vending machines and also pizza/ice cream treats for sale.
- Outside Food Allowed: SOMETIMES. Small snacks for toddlers are okay during Toddler Time (M-Th from 10:00 a.m. to noon). Otherwise, no.
- Cash Required: YES. For the arcade game tokens and the vending machines (but there is an ATM there). Credit cards are taken for everything else.
- Dress Code: YES. Socks are required to bounce (and can be purchased there for $2.99/pair if you forget them). Just a heads up that adults are not allowed to wear shoes into the areas with the inflatables (even if they will not be going on the inflatables). So be prepared to take off your shoes.
- Evening/Weekend Hours: YES.
- Discounts: YES. See “Pricing” above. Also, “like” their Facebook page and be alerted to special deals and “word of the day” discounts. And don’t forget about the special Out and About Mom discount!
- Birthday Party Venue: YES. See details here.
- NEW – Bounce Town – This popular indoor play destination now has two ultimate bounce centers to choose from with awesome giant inflatables that will have your kids jumping, bouncing, running and laughing the whole time: Bounce Town in South Windsor, CT and Bounce Town in Canton, CT (opening March 1st).
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