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Do you have an active 2-year old? Are you looking to burn some energy and have a blast doing it? Well, a trip to the bounce house for an hour or two might just do the trick.
There are a number of bounce houses and other active indoor play areas in and around Howard County. I will try to ‘test’ them all out in the coming months and let you know what I think.
First up? Hopper’s Kid Zone in Eldersburg, MD. Eldersburg is just on the other side of the Howard County line in Carroll County. It took us about 35 minutes to drive there on a Saturday morning from Elkridge.
The drive was totally worth it. We met our friends, and including the three kids with us, there were maybe 10 other kids jumping that day. I don’t know if we chose a good weekend, or if it was the location in an office park outside of Columbia which made Hopper’s less crowded, but I wasn’t complaining. Sweet Pea and her 2-year old friend had plenty of space to jump and fall and not worry about being trampled by older kids. Hopper’s features five huge bounce castles, one being a double 2-story bounce-slide (that may actually count as two… it was hard to tell). The bounce ‘houses’ ranged in complexity from a straight up bounce till you drop arena, to a maze with ladders and tunnels. the 2-story bounce slides were just amazing. Sweet Pea and her friend probably climbed the ‘ladder’ to the top about 30 times in a row, screaming and giggling every time they slid down the slide.
If you need something fun for an early toddler or non-walking infant, there is also a play area with various ride-on toys, push toys, and balls. Sweet Pea actually was more interested in the ‘vacuum cleaner’ at first. I guess she didn’t realize how much fun that slide would be. Additionally, adults are welcome to bounce with the kids… I tried it and had a blast too!
Here are additional details if you decide to check it out:
Address: 5965 Exchange Dr, Sykesville, MD 21784
Cost: $7 for open play/$4 for open bounce kids under 2 years old
Open bounce times: most days 10AM-1PM and 4-8PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Website for more information: http://www.hopperskidzone.com/
Thanks for reading and happy bouncing!