Bouncin’ Oak Harbor business offers fun for kids

Elyse White

It’s Saturday afternoon and Bouncin’ is, well, bouncing.

The fun center is wall-to-wall inflatable, primary-colored bouncy house heaven.

Dozens of kids crawl commando-style through obstacle courses, fling themselves down slides and, of course, bounce like crazy.

Their parents sit on benches nearby chatting or sometimes join their kids for a ride down a slide.

Bouncin’, located in Trader’s Village on Midway Boulevard, opened last month.

It’s geared for children 12 and younger.

“We just needed to get them out of the house and get some energy out on a cloudy day,” said David Ybarra of Oak Harbor.

He brought his children, David, 6, and Isabella, 3, for an afternoon of play.

“There’s not a lot of places like this around Oak Harbor,” he said.

This is the third business opened by Oak Harbor natives James and Priscilla Croft.

They also own Toppins Frozen Yogurt and an arcade supply business. He has fond memories from his childhood spending a lot of money at Bears Arcade, which used to be located next to the movie theater.

“I love fun,” James Croft said. “It’s what we do.”

For a guy who loves fun, he sure works a lot.

Croft also is the manager of Home Depot in Everett. He works there 55 hours a week and is in the car commuting three hours daily.

He loves owning a small business and wanted to do something in his community, he said.

He and his wife got the idea to open a bouncy place after briefly living in Texas. Their kids, Megan, 11, and Michael, 9, loved a place there called the Jumpin’ Jungle.

“We came back home and thought that would be a great thing to do,” he said.

The inflatables are located on two stories. Smaller kids can jump upstairs or downstairs. But older kids must stay upstairs.

It costs $8.97 for children ages 3-12 and $4.97 for children ages 1-2. Infants are free with a paying sibling. Adults aren’t charged. That entry fee covers the entire day — even if you want to take the kids home for a nap or lunch and come back.

The hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Bouncin’ offers party packages after hours.

At night, they can turn down the lights for a cosmic effect — the carpet glows in the dark.

Parties cost $225 for up to 30 people of any age.

The Crofts also plan to later expand the business to include rentals. A third floor downstairs may eventually become a “discovery center” — with activities and fun toys for kids.

For information, call 360-246-4979.