Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Two Thumbs Up for Junglerrrific!

As a stay-at-home mom, I am constantly searching for new and exciting places to take my kids. I get antsy if I'm stuck at home too long and there are only so many times in a week we can visit the library, Shop Rite, Pet Smart, and Walmart. Most of my friends live over an hour away so visits to see them are limited to a few times a month. A lot of the local play groups seem to meet during my son's naptime, leaving me the option of either bringing him when he's tired and cranky (gotta love being THAT parent), or not going at all and missing out on the opportunity to meet new people. You can guess which option I choose.

So imagine my delight when I stumbled upon Junglerrrific in Howell, NJ. A new place! I'd passed by several times but never noticed this particular play area at the far end of a popular strip mall. It was love at first sight. The owner greeted us warmly at the door. There were cubbies for shoes/coats and a faint smell of bleach in the air. I'm a stickler for cleanliness at these types of play areas because who enjoys having to deal with a sick child following every visit? Junglerrrific has a huge coffee bar/internet area for the parents complete with a massage chair. There are pay-to-ride cars and horses for the kids along with an enormous tube contraption to climb through and hundreds (I'm not exaggerating) of toys that actually WORK when you turn them on! There are also video games, a puppet show area, a separate toddler section with age-appropriate toys, and a birthday party room. Junglerrrific has weekly story time and special holiday events which I'm able to read about via email because I put my name on the owner's list. I already have the information about birthday parties and my son doesn't turn three until April!

We have now been to Junglerrrific many times and my son always smiles from ear to ear when I tell him where we're headed. Every time he leaves, the owner gives him an animal sticker which he wears proudly for the rest of the day. I think the only animal he still needs is the bear and he will have collected the entire jungle set. At four thirty a woman comes in and completely disinfects each and every toy there. I've actually seen her do it. My son has yet to develop a cold after playing at Junglerrrific. The price is very reasonable as well; $6.95 per kid and non-walkers are free.

I'm beyond impressed with this facility. It is extremely obvious that the owner takes great pride in his establishment. I know I sound like I'm trying to market the place or something but in all honesty, it's difficult to find a clean, safe environment in which my children can play and I can relax (a little at least). When I do come across something, I feel it's my duty to pass along the information to all the other parents out there. I wonder if Junglerrrific gives "refer-a-friend" discounts... ;)

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  1. Hi Chanel. I came across your post...That cool owner is my dad! Tell him I said to give you a discount when you come in! He loved what you wrote. You are right.... He runs his business from his heart! Hope to see you soon!

  2. Hey Alisa, so glad you found my blog. :) I can't say enough positive things about your dad's business. We're going there again on Monday. Can't wait!