** TK's Jungle closed March 2012, but a fantastic new family friendly spot DefyGravity has opened in it's space! **
With the cold, snow, and ice, it is the perfect season for indoor playgyms. At MiCHill we love trying them out for you (such a tough job, we know). In fact, Sarah C and I did some "research" by taking a break from holiday errands to take the boys some place they could run around, and into things, to get out pent up energy. We decided to check out TK's Jungle. We loved it!
We have been to some inflatable gyms already. But TK's was a hit. This is located in RTP and very easy to get to, close to I-40. TK's doesn't have all the fancy accessories for parents that some of the other playgyms have (no massage chairs for grown ups or grown up lounges), but it was so comfortable to let our kids play. TK's is smaller than some of the other places, too, but is laid out so nicely that you have a great range of vision of the entire play area. And the attention to detail is great, from the tiki "torches" to the leafy pattern on the carpet.
There were 4 inflatable bounces out, ranging in size. We spent a lot of time on the "Finding Nemo" bounce as it was perfect for toddlers and smaller kids. There was a tunnel to go through, a huge spot for just bouncing (so us parents could sit in there and supervise) and a perfect toddler-sized slide. There were also some inflatables for older kids, such as the very steep yet fun Cars slide.
This place was well-staffed with attendants who were incredibly friendly yet also stern and in control (much appreciated). There are arcade games on the floor for all ages and abilities (air hockey, ski ball, claw grab, whack-a-mole and more) and entry to TK's comes with 2 tokens to play. The arcade games spit out tickets at the end and you can redeem your tickets for prizes when you leave (we got a plastic frog and 2 Tootsie Rolls).
There is a very large party room that is actually open to the play area via a large pass through window. There is also a large tiki hut pavilion upon entry that has benches and tables.
We thought TK's would be packed based on the parking lot, but when we got inside, although there were a lot of children in there, it never felt as crowded as our visits to some of the other playgyms we have been to. Things felt in control and our little guys never got bowled over.
My guess is that the staff help keeps things in control and not as many people go to TK's just because the hours are so limited. They seem to exist mostly for birthday parties. During these winter months, they have open play gym on Saturdays (from 10 - noon) and Sundays (from noon -6) only.
Admission was $6 for kids 2 & under, $8 for kids over 3. Parents were free. It isn't too pricey, but you want to make sure you get there in time to take full advantage of the 2 hours if you go on a Saturday.
Socks required for play. There are diaper changing stations in the restrooms.
There are some concessions available at the front desk such as ice cream, chips, and drinks. You can bring in whatever you want, but food & drink of any sort are not permitted inside the actual play area. Everything has to be consumed near the front desk.
Note that TK's will be having special and additional open hours over the Christmas break so, parents, if you want to take your kids to a place to burn off some energy while school is out, save them from the stir crazies and try out TK's.
This shares a location with HoopsCityU which could be great for older kids, too.
The Commerce Center
4300 Emperor Boulevard