ladders and tunnels
falling into a ball pit
oh crap, an arcade
I just wrote this haiku to the Jungle, and now I feel like I don't even need to write a more descriptive post! Just kidding folks, let me fill in some details about this filthy funhouse in Concord, the Jungle.
What to expect
Best for ages 6 to 12, this climbing, running, squealing place is a terrific — albeit sticky — place to use up your children's energy. I recently brought four kids here (ages six through nine) and they had a complete blast! In fact, they asked that we never go anywhere else again ever. A great option for no-school days!
Once they grow tired of fleeing and hiding from each other, there is an arcade where games spit out tickets and tickets can earn crappy prizes.
I also set the following ground rules and they worked well for us:
- Two meltdowns and we're out. I expect one of you to have a fit, but once two of you do, we're leaving. No exceptions.
- When the tokens are gone, they're gone. Do not try to negotiate more.
- Watch out for the smaller kids.
- Stick with your buddy.
- No yelling in the quiet room.
The Jungle has a full restaurant and no outside food is allowed. We are the jerks that didn't try the food because we timed our visit to skip meals. Then we went to In-n-Out.
There is a glassed-in hideout for parents with free WIFI and a view of much of the play terrain. I was the room's only occupant on the day of my visit and found myself practically in tears by the end of a three-hour visit because I forgot to bring a laptop with me.
There is a toddler zone that I did not explore. To be honest, with all the terrific places to bring a little person, I would not bring a child requiring constant supervision unless I was trapped at a birthday party and my husband was out of the country and I had no money to afford a babysitter or friends who would help me out. Want something on a toddler scale? Try SuperFranks or Habitot.
Parents are always FREE. Other admission prices are in the $8 to $9 range depending on time of day, length of stay, and age of child. Coupons often available. See the rate card. Tokens for the arcade cost extra.
Teens are only welcome with younger children and a supervising adult.
There are recurring specials (like free Mondays going on right now), coupons you can print, and an occasional barber offering boy's haircuts (brilliant!) so check the Jungle Fun website for anything like that before you head out.
1975 Diamond Blvd
Concord, CA 94520
My visit was to Concord; there is another location in San Jose.
[Photos: The first is from the Jungle website; all others are Heather Flett]