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#53 - Take the Kids to Pump it Up

Indoor recreation spot in Cedarhurst is hopping with wintertime fun.

If your kids are bouncing off the walls from cold weather boredom, let them do some bouncing at in Cedarhurst instead. It's a great place for them to burn off some pent-up energy in a fun, lively environment.  

Up until recently, indoor winter activities for kids were typically limited to roller skating and bowling — that is until inflatable recreation centers became immensely popular over the past decade. Since Pump It Up landed on Washington Avenue nearly two years ago, Five Towns’ kids can get a change of pace by jumping, sliding and climbing on big, colorful inflatables. Besides the bouncers, other features include air hockey, large activity balls, snacks, drinks, video games and a souvenir counter of toys, props and even socks, which are required.

Although birthday parties are the store’s mainstay, at least two open-play sessions are typically available every day. They usually run from noon to 2 p.m., and 2 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with an added session from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Weekend and holiday sessions vary. Staff members advise parents to call the day before, just in case a last-minute party requires an open-play session to be shifted to another time slot.

Prices are $15 per child during the week and $20 on weekends and holidays for kids ages 2 to 12. Teenagers who come in with a group of younger children can play for free. Children under two also get in for free, but for safety precautions, are not allowed on the bouncers. However, there’s a nice assortment of toddler toys and ride-ons within the playroom that can help entertain them.

If your kids enjoy the open play sessions, you may consider having their next birthday party there. Pump It Up offers several different party packages, including the extra-fun “glow-in-the-dark” bounce party. Every package includes use of the private party room, where the guest of honor “holds court” on an inflatable throne. 

If you haven’t been there yet, pop in during next month’s winter recess and see what all the excitement is about.

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