Gettin' down at Pump It Up

Parents, kids can play together on giant inflatables at facility
2011-02-03T00:00:00Z Gettin' down at Pump It UpA.E. Araiza Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 03, 2011 12:00 am  • 

The young and the young at heart are bouncing off the walls at Pump It Up of Tucson.

That's because parents can go down an inflatable slide, play basketball on an inflatable court or rush through an inflatable obstacle course right alongside their children.

"It is the ultimate experience for the whole family," said general manager Lori Sutton. "Kids really love it."

The 12,000-square-foot facility at 3248 N. Freeway Industrial Loop, No. 108, is split into two indoor play areas, Sutton said.

There are eight inflatable toys altogether - four in each area, she said. One area has a more complicated obstacle course for older children.

Pump It Up offers a variety of party packages for birthdays, field trips, family reunions, fundraisers and even corporate events, Sutton said. The cost of each package varies depending on the event, she said.

There is also a sensory jump night where children with a spectrum disorder like autism can play in a quiet environment with no music, Sutton said.

"We have had huge results … kids really love it," she said.

An average visit involves playtime on the inflatable toys along with some games for the children, then more time in a private party room, all under the supervision of staff members who take care of everything including party options such as food, cake, ice cream, beverages, balloons and more, she said.

"You can walk in the door with a kid and a cake and everything is taken care of," Sutton said.

That assessment is shared by Ginna Virginillo, who recently had a birthday party for her 6-year-old son, Dominic, at Pump It Up.

"For me, personally, as a mom, it's nice to be able to enjoy his party and not have to be the hostess," said Virginillo, who has had three parties at the facility.

"It's worth every penny. You may spend as much on a party at your house but it's so much more of a hassle. You can come to have fun, then you just leave."

Contact A.E. Araiza at 954-3154 or araiza@azstarnet.com

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