Jump ‘N Climb, indoor playground (CLOSED)
Behind IKEA and facing the Steak ‘n Shake in the University Oaks shopping center, is Jump ‘N Climb, the newest indoor playground for kids in Round Rock. We recently made a trip out to Jump ‘N Climb on a weekday morning shortly after opening, and my kids practically had the place to themselves. Compared to the other indoor jumpy places, Jump ‘N Climb is not as large of a space, so it was difficult to judge how the space would absorb a larger weekend crowd.
This is a socks only play area, and parents need socks too if climbing into structures to help children. There is a cart with hanging pockets to put shoes near the entrance.
There is essentially one very large jumping structure made of two separate components that are adjoined together. One half of the jumping structure is a gigantic inflatable frog (imported from Spain, I believe is what the attendant told me) that looks to be a blast for older kids. The frog’s mouth deflates a little to open all the way, revealing large climbing steps, and then the frog’s mouth inflates again, lifting up the kids nearly to the top of the ceiling. The kids then slide down the frog and out the back. My 4 year old so badly wanted to try this “ride,” but the height of this thing got the best of her. We recently went to a birthday party where she finally climbed up into the frog, and she thought the frog was a blast once she got over her initial fear.
The other half of the jumpy thing is a covered wagon on a slant, but once up on top, the wagon does not connect to anything. Kids have to tip the wagon over to slide down on the other slide. Here, the bouncy houses are not individual moonwalks with enclosed wall spaces so I don’t really feel that this would be a great place for very young children who want to jump if there are many older kids on it. The inflatables span the entire length of the building, and the plastic is slippery with socks. It didn’t seem to bother all the kids when we went for the birthday party.
What is great about Jump ‘N Climb is that they have three age appropriate climbing structures with plastic ball pits. Each has a height measurement sign posted at the entrance. The smallest climbing structure has large soft foam pieces and a small ball pit that is perfect for the babies 2 and under. The medium climbing structure is great for active toddlers up to probably no more than 5 years old. The medium playscape has a rotating foam piece that acts as a gate and second entrance into and out of the ball pit, where the kids then climb up a small foam incline to a small slide that goes into the ball pit.
The largest climbing structure is supposed to be for ages 5 and up. There is one way to climb up on the alternating steps like you would find on many of the McDonald’s playground structures, and I thought that the distance between the steps was a little smaller than the McD’s playgrounds. Once up, there are tight rope areas and other “obstacle course” like spaces. Kids can also slide down a twisted chute into a ball pit, the largest of all the climbing areas. That big slide is fast.
Jump ‘N Climb also has its own cafe area, and like some of the other inflatable indoor playground places with its own food, you cannot bring outside food or drinks in here though a reader said that the policy has now changed to outside food allowed Tuesday through Friday. Connected to the cafe is the single party area that may be reserved. The current party prices are $19.99 per child, which includes admission, pizza, corn dogs, or chicken nuggets, drinks (soda and water), goodie bags. Online the information says that the birthday party package includes cake, but a friend who recently booked a party says that the information is incorrect online, that cake is not included. The price for children under 2 is $5.41, because little kids would not fully participate in all the birthday party package inclusions. Jump ‘N Climb also offers food trays in addition to the standard food. A friend who booked a birthday party here said that she received a 15% discount so inquire about the birthday admission discount.
My kids liked Jump ‘N Climb so much that I considered while we were there playing to book a party for my youngest. What stopped me from doing it was when I counted the number of children that we would want to invite, the price quickly added up to a larger amount than I would want to spend, taking into account the extra food trays for the accompanying parents. For smaller parties though, i think that this place would be a good choice, especially since there are accessible areas for even the youngest kids.
Admission is $11 for kids ages 2 and up. The current discounted price we were charged was $8.31 for winter admission though the sign we saw when attending the birthday party said $9. Children under 2 get in for less $5.
Jump ‘N Climb
201 University Oaks Suite 1280 (I35 Exit #256 next to IKEA, behind Steak ‘n Shake)
Round Rock, TX 78681