As a mom, it’s easy to get tired of bounce houses. I mean, they seem to be everywhere. So when I was looking for someplace to bring my kiddos on a random Tuesday morning, I wasn’t exactly thrilled when the only place that seemed to be open was a facility in Williamsville called Leaps N’ Bounce. I’d never heard of it. But boredom had taken over our home, and the weather was a bit nasty so we took a leap and checked it out.
I was pleasantly surprised.
Why haven’t I heard of this place? It’s tucked away off of Main Street near Transit Road. The owner, Barry Dulniak, told me they’ve been there for nine years. He says they really focus on keeping things clean. There are five enormous inflatables. It is much smaller than a place like Bounce Magic which is fun, but can be a bit overwhelming. Here, there are a handful of tables that surround the gym floor where the bounce houses sit. Parents can actually sit down and watch – and you don’t miss a thing. You can see everything from there. Your kids would have to go past you to get to the exit. That is a huge plus.
If you decide you want to go around with your child, you can do that, too. You just have to take your shoes off to enter the gym area. No biggie (everyone does need to wear socks). There is a section for toddlers only – which is great. Parents can take them in and watch them jump around. My baby, Ella, rolled and jumped and had a sweet time.
The bigger inflatables are super fun for bigger kids. My 4-year-old absolutely loved it. One inflatable has a super steep slide for those little daredevils. Each kid would go from yelling to giggling as they made their way down. Christine Pittler of Lockport brings her daughter, Victoria about once a month. They love it. “I like the price and I like how small it is compared to other places. This is perfect for her age,” she said. She also likes that you can bring your own food. I saw a few families eating lunch at the tables. They have a few vending machines for beverages and snacks.
Private rooms are available for parties – which include pizza and drinks that are ordered out. They rent out inflatables, and in the warmer months have a go-cart track out back. Plus, there is a make-your-own-stuffed-animal section. You can stuff your favorite and then get some clothes as well. ($7.50, small animal; $15-$18 for big ones)
The place is clean, restrooms are neat and orderly, as well. It wasn’t a particularly busy day – but everyone seemed to be having a great time. We spent a few hours jumping around before heading home. We will definitely go back.
Leaps N’ Bounce Family Entertainment Center
4401 Bryant and Stratton Way, Williamsville (leapsnbounce.com)
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday.
Cost: 8 to 24 months, $5.50; ages 2 to 10, $8.55; 11 and older, $4. Free for under 17 months: free;
Adults are free unless with a child under 17 months; then they’re charged $4.