Sunday, November 23, 2014

Closed – Extreme Fun

bigger inflatables, view from foam pit

bigger inflatables, view from foam pit

Extreme Fun Kid’s Entertainment Center, an indoor inflatable bounce house (moonwalk) playground for kids ages 10 and under, is located in the same shopping center as Polka Dot Pony kid’s consignment store.  We have been coming to Extreme Fun since my preschooler was just shy of 2 years old.  The bounce houses are bigger than those at the nearby Lakeline Mall’s Inflatable Wonderland, and I actually feel that most of the inflatables here are better suited for ages 4 and up unless the younger child just absolutely loves bounce houses.  Because this place attracts older children, parents with little ones might be mindful of that.  Like most of the inflatable places, there’s the constant whir of the fan noise in the background which may bother some kids with auditory sensitivities.

ground level inflatable for toddlers

ground level inflatable for toddlers

Extreme Fun is set up such that there are three party zones, two on the right upon entering and one on the left.  The play area is one large, rectangular space with inflatables along the two walls.  There are two large slides, a huge jungle-dino themed inflatable with “rock wall” climbing, a monster car, pirate ship.  The bigger inflatables are on the left wall, and there are two smaller ones on the opposite wall (one for toddlers, one for preschoolers).  Nearest to the toddler inflatable is a foam-padded space with toys and ride-ons for infants and toddlers.

foam pit

foam pit

slide from the foam pit

slide from the foam pit

Really there is nothing terribly unique about the types of inflatables at Extreme Fun. What is unique about this place is that they have a foam pit perched atop a platform about 15 feet above the ground.  To access the foam pit, there are two sets of steps though most kids climb up the inclined platform which is at about a 60 degree angle so it’s pretty steep, especially for a lot of adults wearing socks.  Extreme Fun has since added in the past year a big yellow slide to get down from the foam pit.  This area is where my kids spend most of the time when we come to Extreme Fun, and I have to fight my common sense logic that a pit full of absorptive foam cubes is a cesspool of kiddie germs to allow them to play an hour in the pit.

This is a “socks only” place, and the owners enforce that rule.  They will go up to kids, parents, and remind them about socks whereas a lot of the other indoor play centers that require socks, we have yet to see much enforcement.

Although Extreme Fun does sell snacks and drinks, you are allowed to bring your own snacks in and eat in one of the party zones when a party has not been booked.  (If your kids do get hungry and you want to stop to eat somewhere in the shopping strip, there are Mr. Jim’s pizza and Delware Subs restaurants.)

baby station

baby station

The restrooms are up at the front, and I like that there is an area outside of the restrooms for babies.  The (wall mounted) diaper changing station and  two rocking chairs for nursing moms are here.  It’s not the most discreet space as it is just outside of the two restrooms, but at least there is a “baby station” which is more than most places offer.

Admission

  • Adults and children under 1: free
  • Children (2 & under): $6 + tax
  • Children (3 & up): $8 + tax
  • Discounted admissions $5 + tax for Tuesday & Thursdays or weekday groups of 10+

Extreme Fun, Inc.
10401 Anderson Mill Rd. Suite 110A
Austin, TX 78750
(512) 258-7800

double slide, one of two big slide inflatables

double slide, one of two big slide inflatables

pirate ship inflatable

pirate ship inflatable

one of 3 birthday party themed areas

one of 3 birthday party themed areas

Comments

2 Responses to “Closed – Extreme Fun”
  1. Victoria says:

    The baby station looks new – how very cool! And, personally, I kind of like that it doesn’t look like the “most discreet space”, as I take that to mean the owners don’t stigmatize it or relegate it to a bathroom-type activity. Bravo, Extreme Fun!

  2. Roshanda says:

    I discovered this place while going through my entertainment book. We went that day and have been going ever since! I love that fact that as the review stated there are lots of inflatables for children 4 & up. We’ve been to Inflatable Wonderland inside of Lakeline Mall and I didn’t like it as much as this one. I especially liked that fact that you could bring in your own food. The restrooms & eating areas are kept very clean. The birthday packages seem a little high to me, but guess they have to make their money some way!