If your thin-blooded Florida children are too cold to play outside this week – and you need for them to burn off some energy – it may be time to check out another of our new play rooms.
Monkey Joe’s, which opened in West Boca in May, is pumped full of inflatables – mostly big slides and obstacle courses, but some open bounce areas, too. (It has a separate section for toddlers).
Kids up to age 12 can jump themselves to exhaustion for $8.99 weekdays; $9.99 weekends; $5 for kids 2 and younger. (Adults get in free).
Monkey Joe’s is a franchise, with another location in Sunrise. More are planned for Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale and Lake Worth.
Michael Tralongo, a Brooklyn native who lives in Coral Springs, owns the West Boca location with his business partner, Craig Schnuer. A father of 7- and 10-year-old boys, Tralongo enjoys offering a place to play.
“What’s better than seeing a kid smile and having a good birthday,” said Tralongo, who has also owned a landscaping business. “It’s a nice thing to come to every day.”
Monkey Joe’s offers two-hour birthday parties, starting at $149, and will also do fund-raising events for schools.
Tables and chairs are placed in the middle of the room, so parents can eat, chat, or even work – there’s free wi-fi – with the kids in sight. Near the front, the grown-ups can also watch TV from leather chairs while the kids play. Some dads make use of this on football Sundays.
A concession stand sells hot dogs and snacks.
Tralongo said the place is mopped down every night and the surfaces that the kids touch are sanitized daily. The inflatables are super-cleaned once a week.
- Monkey Joe’s, 11411 W. Palmetto Park Rd., is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 561-488-2272. Learn more at monkeyjoes.com.
More indoor play options:
Find events, classes and other amusements in Things to Do and a list of Winter Break camps in a previous post.
And check the Holiday Event Guide for ongoing festivities.