Bouncers & Slydos
|Billing itself as "The softest playground on Earth," Bouncers and Slydos in Farmingdale is 11,000 square feet of inflatable fun.|
Bouncers and Slydos is located on New Highway in Farmingdale. For those not familiar with the area, it is a very industrial stretch, with factories and machine shops everywhere. It seems an unlikely place for an indoor playground when you're making your way there along the bumpy road, past the abandoned warehouses that used to service Republic airport. Their official website recommends taking the New Highway exit from the Southern State, but it's a much more pleasant ride to take route 110 to Conklin Avenue.
There is a good-sized parking lot at Bouncers & Slydos with well-marked spaces and easy access to the building. Once you're inside, the industrial feel doesn't exactly melt away, but it's bright and colorful and your kids will be more concerned with bouncing than with aesthetics. All of the bouncers are in one large room, and there is a nice variety for kids of different ages.
The Circus Train is a series of interconnected inflatables that features climbs and crawls, bouncers and slides. It's a nicely themed set, which is generally the rule at Bouncers & Slydos. There really aren't any generic bounce houses, they all have some kind of theme or licensed character.
There's a good selection of inflatables for every age. Small bouncers like these are easily accessible by toddlers and are mostly left alone by the bigger kids. Bouncers and Slydos features a public restroom and water fountain in the main room, but the only food or other beverage is for parties in a seperate room.
The large sports inflatable will appeal to bigger kids, with targets for kicking soccer balls and shooting basketballs. There are benches in this area for parents to take a seat while their kids tire themselves out.
The giant slide is about the only generic inflatable you'll find at Bouncers & Slydos. Unlike many other indoor playspaces of this kind, Bouncers and Slydos keeps a staff member present at the top of the slide at all times. They were also receptive to parents who wanted to climb up and ride the slide along with their kids.
The largest inflatable is the giant Defender Dome, and it was clearly the most popular spot during our visit. The floor inside this huge bouncer peaks in the middle, giving kids the chance to climb up and catch some really big air when they jump off the summit. The walls inside are ringed with basketball hoops and there are plenty of balls, but not too many kids were interested in that angle. This is a place for really big jumping.
Bouncers & Slydos is open for "Toddler Time" every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for two sessions: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and again from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Children must be two years old and must wear socks. They are planning on offering dropoff night playtimes on Fridays and Saturdays for older kids, monitor their website for updates.
Bouncers & SlydosOfficial site: http://www.bouncersandslydos.com
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