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and while it should still give you a good overview of the experience, it is also possible that it may contain some outdated information.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 for providing my family with complimentary admission to their venue and for being a site sponsor. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.
So winter isn’t done with us yet. It is still freezing outside and the meteorologists are even talking about snow on Friday! SNOW on the first day of spring? That is just a cruel joke.
But don’t panic. I’ve got an outing idea for you.
There is a brand new inflatable destination located right in Canton, Connecticut that is a perfect spot for indoor play. Housed in the same space as the former Jump Zone, Bounce Town offers weekday open play and private birthday parties in a newly renovated space. Plus they are currently offering open play and birthday party discounts which are sure to put a smile on your face!
After Jump Zone announced their closing in December of last year, many of our readers were rather sad to see that business go. So when Scott & Stephanie reached out to us and shared the news that Bounce Town would be taking over that location, we were excited to get involved and have an opportunity to share the new space with our readers.
Bounce Town is located in the Canton Industrial Park right off Route 44. It can be tricky to find the sign indicating where to turn so if you can’t find it, look for Volkswagon dealership which is right there as well.
After turning off Route 44, you will make a left at the next sign and follow that road to the Bounce Town building.
I always wonder why these destinations are a little tucked away, but I guess where else can you find 9,000 square feet of space for indoor play?
Bounce Town is housed in the last building on the right hand side and there is plenty of FREE parking located out in front.
Once inside, visitors will need to sign a waiver and pay the open play fee. The cost is $10 per child (plus tax) and that includes as much playtime as you want during that open play period. [So if you get there at 3:00 pm on a Friday, you could conceivable let the kids jump until open play ends at 6:00 pm. Wow, my kids would definitely sleep well after bouncing around for 3 hours!] There is no charge for parents or children under the age of two (if they are visiting with a paying child).
Right next to the check-in area is a place to stash all of your belongings. Put shoes in the cubbies (you just need socks for this adventure), hang coats on the wall (hopefully it won’t be long before we no longer need to wear them!), and place any other non-valuable items there.
Before heading in to jump, it is always good to take a look at the safety rules!
Then inside you can see the fun play area. When Scott & Stephanie took over the space, they did a deep cleaning of the whole area and purchased all new inflatables! Check out all of the fun inflatables available (and note that almost all of them have slides which ended up being a great opportunity to tire out my little ones).
Some of the inflatables, like this one below, are definitely geared toward elementary-aged kids or the adventurous preschool and toddler crowd. This one was a bit of a challenge for my 2 1/2 year old, but she she eventually figured it out and loved going through it over and over and over again. Good thing she figured it out, too. I’m not sure I could get through this one myself. Ha!
The Ultimate Module Challenge was a really great one for Bruiser and Sparkles, though. I would convince them to each start on one side and then race to the finish. These days the two of them are super competitive so I use it to my advantage when trying to get them to burn off a little extra energy (they’ve got a lot to burn!)
I forgot to snap a picture of the front of this inflatable. It is the ever popular Frozen theme. This is also one of the few inflatables there that was mostly just a bounce house (though there was a slide attached to the side). This would be a good one for the younger crowd to try.
Um. I think they had a little bit of fun that day.
There are a few benches located in the bounce area where parents (and kids) can take a break when they need one.
There is also a family restroom (with a baby changing station) located right in the main area as well. A very convenient amenity when you have three kids constantly rushing to the restroom!
A second restroom (without a baby changing station) is located back out in the lobby area.
Snacks and drinks are available for sale in this area as well. Bounce Town is also more than happy to order pizza delivery if you want to stay for lunch. Just be careful about eating too much. Food and lots of bouncing don’t always mix 🙂
Bruiser and Sparkles decided to try out a few video games. I love how they think they are playing even without me having to insert any money. I will be sad (and broke) when they finally figure it out!
Here are a few pictures of one of the birthday party rooms. The nice thing about birthday parties at Bounce Town in Canton is that they are private (except for birthday parties held during weekday open play sessions). The way the private birthday parties work is that your party gets exclusive use of the bounce area for one hour and then use of one of the party rooms for 45 minutes. How nice is that?
Plus they are currently offering a few birthday party specials if you book before the end of March 2015!
And speaking of specials, don’t forget that Bounce Town is currently offering a Groupon for 50% off open play. Find all of the details here and make a plan to try out this new indoor play destination!
Main Phone: (860) 352-8170
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Friday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Weekends vary. Check their website for any weekend open play session announcements.
- $10 plus tax per child
- They do not charge adults or children under two years of age, so long as they are with a child two years of age or older.
- Stroller Friendly: YES. Strollers are allowed in the inflatable area.
- Coffee Mug Friendly: YES. Coffee in covered containers are permitted.
- Restroom: YES. There is a restroom located in the main lobby and there is a restroom (with a baby changing station) located in the inflatable area.
- Baby Changing Station: YES. There is a baby changing station located in the family restroom in the inflatable area.
- Parking: YES. FREE parking is available right in front of the building.
- Food for Sale: YES. Snacks, drinks and ice cream are available for sale in the lobby. While lunch items are not available for sale there, they are more than happy to place a pizza order for you that can be delivered straight to Bounce Town. Now that is convenient!
- Outside Food Allowed: NO. Please refrain from bringing in outside food except where necessary due to dietary restrictions and allergies.
- Cash Required: NO. Credit cards are accepted.
- Dress Code: YES. Socks are required when playing on the inflatables. If you forget (usually a summertime issue) they do have socks available for sale.
- Evening/Weekend Hours: SOMETIMES. Most nights open play ends at 5:00 pm. On Fridays, though, open play continues until 6:00 pm. The weekends are typcially filled with birthday parties, but, if not, they will sometimes open on weekends for open play. Check their website for the latest information.
- Discounts: YES. They are currently running a Groupon that offers 50% off one or three open play sessions. They also have a current special for private birthday parties. Book your party by March 31, 2015 and get $25 off for any party booked for 2015 or $50 off for any party booked for March 2015.
- Birthday Party Venue: YES. And the great thing is they offer private birthday parties on the weekends (and some evenings). The private birthday parties include one hour of bounce time for your group only and then 45 minutes of time in the birthday party room and arcade area. Get more information on their party packages here.
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