I recently attended the free “birthday” event at local bounce house Pump It Up celebrating their 15th anniversary in business. Truthfully we almost didn’t make it as daddy was under the weather so we were a bit late. I say this so you know we might have missed some things. However we loved it! We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for future special events at our local Pump It Up bounce house! ~Lindy Wilson, KAG Contributor (ALSO BY LINDY: Dine & Play in Greenville, Mom Review: Poinsett Park, Baby Wearing Around Greenville, & Greenville Speaks: Best OB/GYN & Midwife Recommendations)
Our fun time at Pump It Up in Greenville
The Greenville Pump It Up location is a bit tucked away from the main road, so you’ll have to look for it. However the parking lot felt secure as it was enclosed at the end and therefore had hardly any traffic. Little things like that always ease my mind when out with little ones still learning safety rules. We walked in, signed a waiver and were shown into the first activity room. There were lots of cubby holes for putting away our shoes. The floor had large foam blocks for toddlers to climb on as well as about a half dozen full size bounce structures. This included an obstacle course which was full of little tunnels and holes to jump through. There was also a free throw basketball game, great for older kids and athletically inclined adults. This was near more standard bounce houses. My one year old was a little overwhelmed but had fun just watching. My four year old didn’t know where to start! I liked how enclosed all the structures were (no possibility of accidentally tumbling out onto the floor) though this obscured the view a little.
After trying out everything in the first area, we explored the next room. This one had a rock climbing wall, double sided obstacle course, large slides and a large basketball bounce house (about half court size with hoops on either end). My one year old, true to baby form, was most enthralled with one of the many balls bouncing around, which can be rented at the front desk. However I could hardly keep pace with my excited big girl! For whatever reason, this room was a bit more intriguing than the first. The large slide was a hit as was the obstacle course. She still needs to work on her wall climbing but otherwise she was elated. I could see this place being very fun for older kids and pre-teens. I would have been jumping as well if my kids were a little older and more independent.
Our bounce time was over though so it was time to go to the party room. Already bright and cheerful throughout the building, this room featured an inflatable throne for the birthday boy or girl. There was a viewing screen for pictures of our jump session, taken for free courtesy of the staff. We got free favor bags which included dental friendly lollipops (made with xylitol) and some toys including a wrist band, coloring books and crayons. Other than not being baby proof, the contents should appeal to all ages. We had sheet cake and they offered Kool Aid pouches or water. We left pretty happy but on top of that, we got a balloon too!
While younger toddlers might not enjoy this quite as much, any kid who has been walking more than a few months sure will! My baby still was giggling the whole time and trying to climb up all the giant cushions. We had lots of fun and hope to go back again soon. Be sure to wear socks for jumping. In addition to birthday parties, they have Open Jump times available, currently for just $7. There is also a Spartanburg Pump It Up location for those further east. This is an ideal venue for those cold and/or rainy days around Greenville.
Plan your own visit to Pump It Up
Pump It Up, Greenville
75 Brookfield Oaks Drive
Visit their website here.
Pump It Up, Spartanburg
440 Southport Commons Blvd
Visit their website here.
Do your kiddos love Pump It Up as much as mine do?