Kids love inflatable bouncies. Imagine ten bouncies and hundreds of kids in a facility that's more than 16,000 sqare feet and 40-foot ceilings. Bounce City was packed for their grand opening yesterday.
Bounce City is Rockland's new inflatable hotspot for events such as birthday parties and fundraisers. There are age appropriate indoor bouncers and a full arcade. All this was free at the grand opening along with snacks, popcorn and cotton candy.
Arthur Kahn took a break and relaxed upstairs in Bounce City's lounge area where there were snacks and couches. His wife was down below with his two grandchildren and their two friends.
"It's very nice. The kids are having a great time," he said. Carolyn and John D'ettore brought their two sons to the event as well.
"Michael's having a wonderful time. Look at him," she said laughing and pointing at her son in one of the bouncers. "Between you and I, I hope he sleeps tonight with all this bouncing."
The ten inflatable stations were: Sponge Bob Combo with basketball and slide, Wacky World Obstacle, Medium and Large regular bouncies, Joust, Batter Up Baseball, Amazing Adrenaline Rush 2 and 18 and 22 foot slides. The Car family also had two boys at the grand opening.
"The boys are having a blast. Baseball's their favorite and then it's the traditional bouncer."
Amy and Dan Meltzer brought their daughters Dani and Peri. They said that the girls loved the slides and cotton candy the most.
Jenn Lowenfish, director, manned the front information desk.
"The event was great, the turn out was huge. There was about 400 families, in and out today," Lowenfish said. She explained how the idea of Bounce City started.
"West Rock indoor sports and entertainment complex and K and A House of Bounce decided to draw from each other and create Bounce City," she said. James Miller owns the facility and Eddie Fudge owns K and A House of Bounce and both are co-owners of Bounce City.
"We always thought our facility would be great for these types of parties, given the space and high ceilings," added Lowenfish.
With a DJ at the grand opening, Miller was dancing around, talking to parents and high-fiving the kids.
"It's all about teh community and they're showing how much fun they're having," Miller said. "The kids love all of them."
Fudge helped out with swirling the cotton candy and making sure everything was going smoothly. He said that one of the bouncers has interchangeable themes so parents can customize their events. The different themes include: Mickey Mouse, Dora the Explorer, Spiderman, Batman and many others.
There are three party packages to pick from and extra add-ons.
Smaller party groups get half of the facility's space, but each party gets at least one fullbasketball court
"We guarentee that every group gets at least five bouncies," said Lowenfish. ""This is a very versatile facility and ... we try to target all age groups." Although groups can request specific bouncies, the bouncies the group gets are based on two factors: age appropriateness and availability.