Finally, a place where it’s okay for the kids to bounce off the walls.
Bouncin’ Fun Center is a new business in Oak Harbor that caters to kids – specifically those 12 and under, but owners James and Priscilla Croft say it can be fun for kids of all ages, even the adult kind.
“I love play,” said James Croft with a shrug of his shoulders when asked about this newest venture. Croft is the former manager of the Oak Harbor Home Depot, current manager of the Home Depot in Everett and owns Toppins’ Frozen Yogurt in Oak Harbor with his wife Priscilla. He said this is something they have wanted to do for a long time.
“We wanted to do this even before we opened Toppins’,” Croft said. “But the timing just didn’t work out and then we opened Toppins’, which we love.”
“I love this community and we love kids, but there isn’t a lot for kids to do,” he said. “And, I love play, what can I say?”
Bouncin’ , located in Trader’s Village on Midway Boulevard in Oak Harbor, features 4,200 square feet of fun, with the possibility to expand into the basement as needed. The high ceilings on the top level mean there is room for several bouncy structures. The main floor holds a regular bounce house and a farm -themed bouncy perfect for children 6 and under, while the upper level holds three different structures for all ages. But it’s more than just bounce houses.
“With a bounce house you’re limited to a ten- by ten-foot area,” explained Croft. “We have three different obstacle courses with a total of about 150-feet. The obstacle courses keep traffic moving and then there are three slide options: small, medium and really fast.”
Parents are welcome to either just supervise their children or they can join them to assist. Regular hours, which are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday are for children 12 and under. However, private parties can include children and adults alike and can be scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon and 6-8 p.m. on weekends, typically. Parents must sign a one-time waiver in order for their children to participate.
The facility just opened for business Dec. 27, but already Croft is thinking about new activities to add.
“The carpet is black light sensitive, so at night we can offer cosmic bouncing and we’re also planning to have Nerf gun nights,” he said.
In addition to the bounce structures, there is a private party room and a small arcade room with a mini air-hockey table, pinball machine and a couple of video games. Future plans will include vending machines for snack options.
Cost to play for the day is $8.97 for children 3 and up. And that means all day – parents are free to check their kids in and out as needed for lunch or dinner breaks and then bring them back the same day for additional play time. Children 2 and under are $4.75 a day but infants are free with a paid sibling. There is no charge for parents to assist their children.
“We want people to have fun and be able to come in and enjoy,” Croft said. “It’s a safe place for kids to go.”
More information is available on Bouncin’s Facebook page.