Wazoo’s (South Austin)
Wazoo’s is another of Austin’s many indoor inflatable bounce house places, and we just discovered it this weekend. It is near Southpark Meadows, tucked away in an industrial warehouse off of Cullen, near Slaughter and IH-35. If we weren’t specifically going out of our way to find Wazoo’s, I’m not sure that we would have ever noticed it just driving around the area.
The entrance and parking lot are on the backside of the building, away from the street. There’s ample parking, and we were surprised that for a Saturday mid-afternoon, the parking lot wasn’t absolutely packed. That actually worked out great for our kids since they were able to play with a little more elbow room.
The interior is brightly lit, clean, and colorful with the castle-themed wall murals. The inflatables are all in good condition with only the entrance to the large caterpillar inflatable a little bit worn, which is just cosmetic. Most of the inflatables are large obstacle courses with just two on the main floor that would be easy for toddlers to use. There is not a “regular” bounce house, as in an enclosed square, for just the purpose of bouncing.
There is a small, walled off area for toddlers. When I saw this area, I told hubby right away that it looked like the owners of Wazoo’s had purchased some of the climbing pieces from the now closed Radijazz! (We’re still mourning the loss of Radijazz.) There is the divided slide, the canoe, the rock, and alligator. If it didn’t come from Radijazz, then it’s from the same vendor. There is also a small inflatable bouncy, perfect for toddlers. My two year old loved this area, especially the Radijazz-type structures. (He also liked the basketball hoop wedged between two inflatables.)
The toddler area is immediately adjacent to the concession area with plentiful seating. Most of the snacks are $1 per item. I wasn’t entirely thrilled with the concession offerings because it was almost all sugary items. I don’t mind my kids having some candy, but it was a tough sell for them to munch on the crackers that I brought with us when the display case looked like Willy Wonka’s. Outside food is allowed in the concession area. Also above the concession area is a huge movie projection screen, though it wasn’t playing anything that afternoon.
There are three separate party spaces that have the half wall. One party space is completely walled off with just the door way.
The only criticism I have is the layout of the inflatables. Because most of them are so large, I’m not sure if logistically there is a better configuration. Where some of the other inflatable places keep the blowers against the wall or at least back to back, several of the blowers are actually in the pathway where the kids run and walk. Nobody got hurt or tripped up on the power cords, but my curious two year old did keep walking over to the fans (adequately covered) and trying to touch them.
Overall, we thought Wazoo’s was a great place for older kids because of the type of inflatables they have. Where nearby Loco-Motion and Goin’ Bananas are better suited for younger kids, the majority of Wazoo’s is better for ages 5-10. I liked that several Wazoo’s attendants walked around the facility to keep an eye on unruly kids. My kids said they liked the restroom because there is one stall with a toddler size potty.
Admission is $8 per child, with no specification of age. There is a 175 lb weight limit.
8816 Cullen Lane
Austin, TX 78748
(512) 282-JUMP (5867)