Last Sunday evening Claire experienced her first “inflatables party”. Jen P did a post a few weeks ago on Pump It Up versus Monkey Joes. We went to Space Kidets, it is is new in Charlotte, I think they opened in the summer. They are located on 51 in Matthews behind Fuddruckers. I have never been to the two other ones, but Jen P explained that the big difference was that Monkey Joes has multiple parties at one time which can be a bit overwhelming and Pump It Up only allows one party at a time. Space Kidets is this way too, one party at a time (thank goodness).
We arrived for a 5-7pm party on Sunday night for a 4-year-old. The kids removed their shoes and made their way to the inflatables room. It is not a huge room, which is good. It was a mid-size room that house four big inflatables. One was just a plain jumper and the other 3 had mazes and slides. Claire was on the young side since she is 2 1/2 but the birthday boy was 4. She was a bit timid but LOVED it none-the-less. Because only one birthday party is there at a time, there were not too many kids, so I feel she got run over less than she might have at a big place. I cannot imagine how chaotic it could have been if some 6-year-old party was running around too! This was a perfect place for mingling between parents while still keeping one eye on the kids. The girls who worked there kept a good eye out and were happy to help out. This portion of the party lasted one hour.
Then the door to the party room opened. All the kids funneled in and they had pizza and juice boxes lined up for the kids. The hosts also paid extra to have enough pizza for all the adults, a VERY nice touch since it was dinner time (I think all food is extra on top of party price). The pizza was awesome, too. It was all amazingly calm and controlled. The employees working the party did all the work setting everything up and cutting cake, etc. I think this is where the birthday child would normally open presents but our hosts chose to ask everyone to bring a gift to donate to Toys For Tots (another really nice gesture). Cake was next and all that lasted 30 minutes.
Last, the children went down the hall to the arcade room for the final 30 minutes. They have some arcade games and minature golf holes. I thought Claire was a little young for this but she really liked it anyway. No tokens or anything needed, just play.
Their website has all their prices for parties. Click here for pricing for birthday parties. Generally, a birthday party for 26 kids on weekend is $299. They charge extra for pizzas, juice, cake, etc.
I looked at Pump It Up and they seem to have similar pricing. Monkey Joe’s does not publish their prices. Both Space Kidets and Pump It Up are open for some daytime weekday hours for drop ins. One last thing I found out about Space Kidets is that it is locally owned by a mom, her kids are older but I love to support local mom-owned businesses.
Have you hosted or been to a birthday party at Space Kidets? Please tell us about it!