Note: This establishment is under new ownership and is now called Party Bounce Play. At the time this review was written, it was Fernandina Party n Play. Click here to read our new review and see updated pics.
Thank goodness there are places like Fernandina Party Bounce Play when the kids need to get their wiggles out on a rainy day.
My toddler is wired to move: he has to do a lot of exercising every day. If he’s cooped up in the house, that means he’ll be running endless laps around the living room at breakneck speed, which is not my idea of a good time. We were having one of those days recently when we decided to get out of the house and take him to Party and Play for the first time.
His only problem when we arrived was figuring out where to begin. The main feature is a giant, 7000 square foot room full of inflatables. There are bounce houses, humongous slides, rock climbing and all kinds of places to jump and explore. There are also “baby” inflatables for the tiniest of kids. My little man gleefully bounced from one feature to the next, never staying in one place too long.
It wasn’t long before we discovered that, for every child, one parent is also allowed to play at no additional charge. Soon, my husband was in his sock feet, too, sailing down the giant slide and bouncing with our little guy. Both of them spent the entire time laughing.
There are also lots of arcade and video games. The video games are offered in a gaming room, complete with 42” plasma TVs and a blacklight. In all, there are 150 games to choose from, all rated E, to be used on Nintendo Wiis, Xbox 360s and Play Station 3s. There are also Dance Dance Revolution Pads, which can be used for much more than dancing. During our visit, there was a simulated tennis program running. If you’re technologically behind the times, like I tend to be, the staff will show you how to use these.
When weather permits, there are additional features outside. I didn’t see these features in action, because we were there on an unseasonably cold day.
There is also an eating area. They don’t sell food, but you’re welcome to bring your own. Drinks must be purchased on site.
There are also bathroom facilities within easy reach of the play area.
If you go:
Where: 1852 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach, FL
Price: Pay a flat fee of $8 per-hour for children under 5, $12 an hour for children over 5. Group rates available. Also, local schools often sell tickets at a discounted rate.
How it works: You have to sign a waiver and supervise your children at all times. Once a month, they also offer a “parents survival night” for $20 per child, in which they do the supervising and provide dinner, and you get 3 hours to yourself.
For more information: Visit http://partybounceplay.com/
Tip: Make sure you call ahead to ensure they’re not closed for a private party. Call 904-844-2946.