Thursday, January 27, 2011

Go Bananaz

It's Bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S. Now that I have that Gwen Stefani song stuck in your head all day, let's talk about the newest indoor inflatable place to open in the Triangle: Go Bananaz.

Go Bananaz opened two weeks ago. Located off of Duraleigh Road in Raleigh (not too far from Rainbow Play Systems), this was a fun little indoor stop for us.

I say little since the space was smaller than a lot of the other indoor play gyms we have been to in the past. But it was big on play.

Here is what makes Go Bananaz unique: they have bumper cars, an indoor pirate ship, and a mechanical bull (no Sex in the City scenes here though). So in addition to the inflatable slides and arcade games, there are a few unique options which older kids will definitely love.

Playing requires paying, though. There are a couple of different ticket options for play at Go Bananaz. There is an all-inclusive pass, but you can also pay a la carte for certain rides. Get all their pricing at the website (link below). Kids under 2 are $5; if you want to get an all access pass for your kids you can pay as much as $13.99. But, again there are all sorts of options.

In the back there are also 3 tvs with xbox Kinect hooked up. These were not running while we were there (which is too bad since I am totally interested in that dance game).

For the younger crowd, there is a toddler-specific area. This is truly toddler-geared. The inflatable bounce for the tots is small, with some fun velcro-calendar activities in it (surprise) as well as an appropriately sized slide. Also in the toddler area is a small ball pit. My son loves ball pits. Good thing: toddler area is close to the front door so that the older kids can run around in the back & not trample little ones. Bad thing: the toddler area is close to the front door, which leads to the parking lot. But the door is heavy enough where they can't get it open.

There are arcade games in droves here. You need tokens to play ($1 = 4 tokens) and you get tickets from play. Tickets get you prizes at the front desk. There are a lot of prizes.

No changing table.

Free wi-fi access for parents as well as some nice comfortable seats.

There are a few concessions for sale such as candies, cookies, sodas, and chips.

Since this place is so new, it is incredibly clean.

We paired this with a lunch at Bruegger's Bagels in Pleasant Valley on Glenwood (yum!) but there is a Chick-fil-A right across the street on Glenwood that has an indoor play place if your kids didn't get their fill. The hit lunch item for us? Bananas.

Go Bananaz

6022 Duraleigh Road


At March 2, 2011 at 10:01 PM , Blogger frank said...

I had a pretty negative experience when I booked my son's party there recently and apparently there were other angry customers that same day. The rides are fun but there were not enough staff to man them so kids had to wait for the bull OR the bumper cars. I had paid almost $200 to book the party and thekids only had 1 hour so this was sleazy. They had excuses but mostly the middleastern owner kept talking about how much money he needed to make and wasn't making by charging what he was charging and that I couldn't bring in but 1 snack so I had to tell my son he couldn't have the cheetos AND the fruit. Give me a break! Very strange,stingy, and rigid management and not customer friendly policies. On your kids special day you want to have fun, not argue with someone over minutia. I suggested he simply charge more so he can make all the money he wants. I would rather pay more and not be hassled. It was very unpleasant.

At March 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM , Blogger allison c said...

Thanks so much for the post, Frank! We didn't do a party there, of course, so it is so great to hear about your experience so parents can know. I agree, on the special day you want to relax and enjoy the celebration. Again, thanks for the information.

At May 5, 2012 at 12:54 PM , Anonymous Carol said...

I booked my son's party there and had a wonderful time. The one hour time limit in the party room is comparable with all indoor locations i.e., Chuckie Cheese etc. Also, all other indoor locations have rules about bringing in food etc. I found their website most helpful ( in explaining what a party entails. Also, when we booked, the bookers were most helpful in going over everything. My son and his group had a great time with the rides: (bull ride, pirate ship, and the bumper cars). They had a ball with all the inflatables to jump on. I am sorry frank that you did not have a good time because ours was wonderful. I recommend Go Bananaz to everyone for a party or just a walkin adventure to let the kids have a good time.


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