This is the fifth location, and first in Southern California, of the small Colorado-based chain (oddly enough out of their five locations, one is also in Lakewood, CO).
I’m not entirely sure what the space used to be, but imagine you gutted out a clothing store in a mall and filled it with as many bounce houses you could fit… well, that’s what this is. It’s not a bad thing, but yeah, it’s a room filled with bounce houses. There are four or five bounce houses, an obstacle course slide bounce house, and a few inflatables where kids can throw balls at targets.
There’s also a very small toddler area with some building blocks and a few ride-on cars. It’s a pretty cozy space overall, but an ideal air-conditioned spot for kids to burn some energy for an hour or so.
Pricing at The Bounce Place is simple – $10 per kid (crawlers and parents are free), and that’s for all day. Want to come in the morning, head home for a rest and come back in the afternoon? No problemo. Only cold snacks (no hot lunches or anything) are allowed in the snack and seating area, and they seem pretty lenient on folks bringing in their own snacks and drinks so long as they stay in the designated area. Even so, they do have snacks there at super affordable prices too.
It’s right next to Target at the Lakewood Mall, which is also right next to the carousel, so if your kids are anything like mine save an extra $3 for when that catches their eye.
Malls these days are weird places. They feel a bit like stepping into a time capsule, it seems like Lakewood Center is really leaning in to the kid-friendly angle though. In addition to The Bounce Place, there are tons of kid-friendly kiosks throughout the mall with little ride-on toys you can rent and drive around the mall, a train, a trampoline kiosk, PlayLive arcade for older kids, and the whole Round 1 Bowling Alley and Arcade upstairs.
Overall, The Bounce Place is a nice addition to mix it up on days when you’re on the hunt for some indoor fun especially on hot or rainy days.
If you’re not familiar with Steelcraft, they call themselves an “outdoor urban eatery,” entire built with repurposed shipping containers. They have consistent programming of live music, shopping pop-ups, and even have played host to LB Littles events.
We’ve always been big fans of the fair, and for us the OC Fair is a bit easier to get to than the LA Fair in Pomona. Good news: the OC Fair is open and will be running every Wednesday–Sunday until August 12th with the theme “Free Your Inner Farmer.”
It’s no surprise that a kid-friendly brand has popped up for the month of July in one of the two retail spaces at The Hangar. If you’re not familiar with Youth Independent Party (YIP), you’re missing out.