Indoor Active Fun at Arena Sports FunZone
Inflatable slides and bouncy houses conquer rainy-day wiggles.
PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON
Fall in Seattle brings the fun of Halloween, the joy of reuniting with old friends at school, and rain. A whole lot of rain. The kind of rain that means finding rainy-day recess activities all weekend, reminding kids about their “indoor voices” and asking them to please, not jump on the bed or off the couch. It’s enough to make anyone scream. Which is why places like FunZone Inflatable Playground at Arena Sports are so essential for parents' and kids' sanity.
The array of bounce houses and slides transforms an empty warehouse — part of Arena Sports’ three indoor sports complexes in Seattle’s Magnuson Park, Issaquah and Redmond — into a play park. Squeals of joy and the thump, thump, thump of young kids running around mix with the “thwap” of a slide and the back-and-forth between children plotting their next move: ordinary sounds when the weather is nice. But as the days get shorter and wetter, Seattle’s safe play spaces dwindle.
Without required reservations or scheduling, FunZone can be used like a park or playground, an instantly available release for cabin-fevered families. Rainbows of inflatable structures, slides of every size, and even inflatable animals are stationed around the room. It’s a child’s dream play place, a parent’s dream break from constantly worrying about what household structure their kid is trying to climb.
Designed for kids age 18 months to 12 years, the playground is the main attraction, letting them run, jump, slide, and shoot at basketball hoops. As part of the larger Arena Sports facility, it also offers soccer programs for all ages (including the “Li’l Kickers” program starting at 18 months) and an atrium with a table and chairs, and televisions often tuned to sports (a good break between jump sessions).
So next time the drip-drip-drip of rain is punctuated by fighting kids and screams of frustration, remember, there is a place that is dry and padded, ready for kids to get out their aggression and energy without destroying your house.
Costs for a drop-in day stay are affordable at less than $10 per kid, less with various packages or memberships (a 10-visit punch card is $50).Parents, should they want to, play for free!
In addition to Drop-In, Birthdays, Camps and Field Trips are also available.