::UPDATE October 2013 ~ We’re very sad to report that Jungle Gym & Cafe has now CLOSED for business.::
Jungle Gym & Cafe is a spacious indoor play center located in the Santee area of San Diego, catering to kids from babies up to about age 12. I first heard about it toward the end of last summer, just about the time of the arrival of our third baby. It sounded fun, and as a surprise, I finally got the kids there, and they really had a blast!
Active Playtime at Jungle Gym & Cafe!
They have a lot of things to get the kids moving, including really fun rideable animals known as Safari Cycles, such as the zebra our daughter is pictured riding here. The thing I loved about the Safari Cycles is that you actually have to put some work into having them move. The kids were getting a good amount of exercise getting the animals to roll. Adults can even ride the large Safari Cycles as well!
Aside from the cool Safari Cycles, they also have large inflatable jumpers, a really cool play jet that the kids can climb in and slide out, hammock swings, a large gymnasium with a basketball hoop, balls, and lots of things to get the kids moving, an air hockey table, Sumo Wrestlers suits, sit-on scooters, and more. The kids got a lot of exercise and enjoyed each and every moment of it!
Now that we have a baby again, I’m always looking for places that accommodate babies as well as bigger kids. The main play area at Jungle Gym & Cafe has a lot of things to cater toward babies including a baby swing, bouncy seat, and an exersaucer. So great to give them parents a free hand, and have the babies there enjoy themselves as well!
The facility had multiple changing tables, which I really appreciate, having the need for one. The cafe had plenty of clean high chairs as well. I did not notice any play toys that appeared to be a risk for choking either.
Aside from the items catering to the littlest of littles in the main play area, Jungle Gym & Cafe has a separate play room just for kids age 0-3. Inside this designated room are books, a toddler tree house, a tiny little one-tot trampoline, and more. I really appreciate them having this special play space!
Other Things I Loved
• Free Wifi
• Free electric foot massagers for the adults.
• Large variety of food and beverages at the Cafe.
• Comfortable seating throughout the play center.
• Tables, chairs, and highchairs in the Cafe area.
• Multiple restrooms within the play center.
• The play center was clean, and all the play items appeared to be in good working order.
• Conveniently located right off the freeway with visible signage and parking right in front.
• You may bring food and beverages from home (but no restaurant food).
More Things They Offer
Aside from Open Play, Jungle Gym & Cafe also offers adult fitness classes with childcare included during the classes, birthday parties, classes for kids, Parent’s Night Out, and more.
What To Know Before You Go
Jungle Gym & Cafe is a socks-only environment. Adults and kids must leave their shoes in the cubbies when they enter, and wear socks throughout the establishment. If you forget to bring socks, you may purchase some at entry.
We spent three hours playing at Jungle Gym & Cafe on our visit, and had we arrived earlier, the kids would have happily played even longer! The only reason we left when we did was because it was closing time. I suggest at least three hours for your initial visit as well.
Click HERE for more information about Jungle Gym and Cafe. As stated above, the kids had a really fun time. We’ll likely go back in the future for more active fun. Perhaps we’ll see you there!