A popular destination for families looking to escape the heat and beaming sun is set to expand its reach to Avondale.
Uptown Jungle, the multilevel fun park with locations in Peoria, Chandler, Mesa and even in California and Nevada, will open a 15,000-square-foot park this month.
The new West Valley location will feature a three-story play structure, six different climbing walls, ninja courses, spider towers, trampolines, slides and inflatables.
It will formally open Friday, September 13, in the old Tuesday Morning building at 1725 N. Dysart Road. And, as an added draw, the first 100 customers on Friday and Saturday will receive a 60-minute jump card to revisit, while every subsequent customer will receive a 30-minute jump card.
But at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, Uptown Jungle will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“Come get ready to take your shoes off and make memories with your families,” said Brittany Brown, community outreach director. “Let go of that stress and energy for two hours and have a really great time.”
Aside from the main attractions, Uptown Jungle boasts a separate area called Uptown Tots, which targets children ages 5 and younger. And from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday through Thursday, Uptown Jungle enters “tot time,” when the parents can bring in their children from ages 5 and younger to enjoy the park.
“It gives the little kids a chance to take over the whole park, instead of the little park that is designed for them,” Brown said. “Mom can take them up the ninja course and dad can wait at the bottom of the slide. They don’t have to worry about any big kids there.”
But while the children have free-roaming fun, parents will have access to a lounge with leather seating, flat screen TVs, free WiFi and a massage chair.
“We cater to the parents that want to bring their laptop and work while their kid has a fun environment to go play,” Brown said. “We totally understand there is a parent that just wants their kid to have fun, because the parent might have obligations. We want to offer that environment as well.”
The structures, however, are large enough for parents to interact with their children, making memories and letting out stress.
“We absolutely encourage the whole family to come,” Brown said. “In general, (ages) 2 to 14 is the demographic, but I see the adults having more fun than the kids sometimes.”
To accommodate birthday parties, Uptown Jungle is home to a special menu featuring items like pizza and chicken wings. And, it has soda fountains and sells prepackaged snacks.
Rates range from $10 to $18, depending on the length of the visit. Grip socks are sold, too.
“We have socks they can borrow and leave behind when they are done. It is a $3 savings,” Brown said.
But throughout each week, there will be a variety of discounts and deals. Thursday is a “community day,” in which admission is discounted by 50% for school administrators, first responders, military personnel, local business owners and scout groups.
“We are going to have a lot of deals each week, so a chance of people coming in and paying full price every time is not going to really happen,” Brown said. “We are going to have a lot of different programs to offer and discounted rates for them to come in.”
Similar to the other trampoline parks, each child’s parent or guardian has to fill out a waiver for every person who wants to play on the structures. The parents can sign up at the kiosks inside the park or can go online to avoid waiting in line.
“Once it is in the system, it is good for a whole year,” Brown said. “They don’t have to redo it each time they come in.”
Despite the need for a waiver, Uptown Jungle emphasizes a fun, safe and clean environment. Staff is trained to properly place children in harnesses for different attractions.
“It is extremely safe,” Brown said. “We have a ton of staff on the floor walking around, making sure everybody is using the structures the way they are supposed to be using them.”
For more information about the new location, visit avondale.uptownjungle.com or follow Uptown Jungle Avondale on Facebook.