Looking for an indoor playground for when the heat, humidity and thunderstorms strike? Astoria’s new Bounce ‘N Play is an expansive 6,000 square foot indoor bounce house with tunes and air conditioning pumping and cheerful hostesses ready to help with the little ones. Keep reading to find out why this new play space is worth a trip to Upper Ditmars.
What’s Cool at this Colossal Play Space
Bounce ‘N Play’s owner, previously owned the now closed, Birthday Zone in Astoria for 13 years, so you can bet she knows how to run a play space. The new spot, which opened in April boasts three large bouncy structures with giant slides, an arcade area, a toddler area, a rock climbing wall and a party room. In the toddler area, you’ll find a tricked out play kitchen, a crawling tunnel, a tree house, a school bus activity center, a child-sized piano and stacking toys. Your kids will love the bounce house of course, but don’t be surprised if they spend ample time making and delivering wooden pizza and ice cream to the kids in the tree house, too.
There’s also a small arcade section adjacent to the toddler area. The change machine takes single dollar bills and spits out tokens for a car game, air hockey and a carousel. The rock climbing wall is not in use during open play times, but if you want to climb, there are dedicated rock climbing sessions.
The attention to detail will keep you coming back. There’s ample seating throughout the space for you to sit while kids play. Plus, the space has a cool modern art piece made of acrylic gummy bears, a comfortable tufted bench in the toddler area shaped like an ice cream sandwich, cold water on demand from the water cooler and an immaculate bathroom with a changing table. The music is cheerful and fun and there’s always a friendly hostess helping on the floor with the kids.
Perfect for Parties
Birthday Parties at Bounce’ N Play are not your run of the mill party. Your kids can have a laser light show, freeze dance, games and dancing. There are multiple packages and parties are personalized to match each kids personalities and abilities as well as your budget. You can choose the party food menu from the catering menu of Bubba’s Bistro.
Know Before You Go
Be sure to bring socks (or you’ll have to buy cute striped ones when you arrive for $1.50), bring single bills for the games and feed your little one beforehand since eating is not permitted inside. There’s space to park your stroller, and plenty of space for bags.
Open play hours vary daily, so be sure to check the online schedule before you go. If you can’t make it to any of the scheduled open play times just assemble four friends (five total) and Bounce’ N Play will open a special open play time for you at no extra cost. And working parents are not left out of the fun – every Wednesday there is open play from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Starting in September there will be a weekly Family Open Play Night with an open buffet and unlimited drinks and play for two hours. Love the space? Memberships are available for unlimited open play through the end of summer for $65.
Go: Bounce’ N Play
20-21 Steinway St., Astoria
Admission: $12 per child (include two adults)