I'm always weary of indoor play spaces. Will they be dirty, stinky? Am I going to have to rescue my drowning toddler in a ball-pit laden with who knows what? But my boys LOVE them, which means we go.
Last week we checked out Jumpity Bumpity, the newest indoor play space to pop up in Hayward. And guys, it's a good one. First things first – sign a waiver upon arrival, pay, and immediately remove your shoes and place them in a cubby. Socks for all, which means no stinky feet! The play structure is separated into two sections, with a middle sitting area where you can pretty much see your kids the entire time. Feel free to join them on the slide, but also feel free to relax.
The right side of the place is dedicated to children 40” or less and 5 years and under, so it's a safe space for young ones. It has a mini slide, two different dolphin carousels that continuously move (what!?), a boat that goes up and down and countless other fun things to keep one moving and occupied.
The left side of Jumpity Bumpity is a jungle of fun – huge slides, twirly slides, climbing structures, spinning things – all so much fun. There's also arcade games and rides in the back for 50 cents each – my boys sat in them, however they had no idea they moved, and I wasn't about to tell them.
One important thing to note – there is NO outside food. They sell a few carby snacks at the front that you can enjoy at their back tables, but don't plan on bringing a lunch (like we did) to enjoy inside. We ended up sitting outside on the curb eating our PB&J sandwiches, and then headed back in to play more. There is a Subway right next door that would be a nice spot to take a lunch break. Next time.
Jumpity Bumpity is best for walkers to 12 years old. If you have a young one, I'd recommend going before school gets out – I wouldn't feel comfortable sending my children exploring with tweens at their age.
Bottom line: Hayward's Jumpity Bumpity is a clean, spacious fun indoor play space with many creative slides and features to keep your kid moving!
Plan your visit to Jumpity Bumpity:
- Mon-Thur: 10am – 8pm
- Friday: 10am – 9pm
- Saturday: 1:30pm – 9pm
- Sunday: 1:30pm – 8pm
- Weekday: $9 for one hour, $10 for unlimited play with in/out privileges
- Weekend/Holiday: $11 for one hour, $3 for each additional 1/2 hour, and $5 for each additional hour
- There is NO unlimited play on weekends/holidays. One adult is free with each child and there are sibling discounts.
Location: 31169 Mission Blvd, Hayward
Website>> Check the calendar for special hours/discounts/closures
[All photos by Anna Azimi]