Bouncy fun now an option for parents at the mall
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Bouncing along
Obstacle bouncy houses were popular among many of the children at the grand opening of KangaZoom at the West Valley Mall on Saturday, Aug. 10. One fan was 9-year-old Cassidy Gordon, who attended the event with her mother and friends Gage and John Wimberley. Denise Ellen Rizzo/Tracy Press
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Chasing each other in and out of a variety of bouncy houses, 9-year-old Cassidy Gordon was all smiles as she ran alongside 6-year-old Gage Wimberley inside KangaZoom California — the newest family activity business at the West Valley Mall.

Cassidy was among the hundreds of children and parents who attended the grand opening of the bouncy house business located next to Macy’s, 3200 Naglee Road, on Saturday, Aug. 10.

“I think its fun, so many things to play with,” Cassidy said. “It’s fun being with my friends, brother and my family. I like the obstacle courses and slides.”

KangaZoom opened its first two locations in Georgia in 1994, and Tracy is the third expansion to the franchise.

Marketing Director Yvonne Lathers said owners Della and Aaron Brewer came to Tracy because they saw a need for a business that promotes family activity.

“She was out here visiting family and she personally chose Tracy,” Lathers said. “It touched her heart.”

KangaZoom occupies the former site of Old Navy space. The area was expanded to house a main bouncy floor with nine varieties of bouncy houses, a toddler area with a toddler only bouncy house, concession stand, retail store and a quiet room for parents.

On the opposite side of the business is a variety of color-coded party rooms for all occasions that include playtime in private rooms with four bouncy houses for partygoers.

Beidler Nguyen brought his 5-year-old son, Zayden.

“I think it’s a good addition to the mall,” he said. “I’d like to book a party here. Its clean fun in a safe environment and all the services, including food, makes it convenient.”

Julie Wimberley, who was accompanied by her 6-year-old son, Gage, said she loved the variety of activities.

“So much to do, bright colors, nice snack bar, and lots of options for the kids,” Wimberley said. “I like that it’s in Tracy.”

Unlike most bouncy house businesses where adults are not permitted to bounce, KangaZoom encourages parent participation.

Lathers said the key to the business is to “cater to the child in everybody.”

Joining in the bouncy fun was an adventure that Tracy resident Leslie Bartholdi enjoyed first-hand.

“I went down the side with my grandson,” she said. “The great big one. He came over and said come with me grandma. It’s nice. The kids are having a ball.”

KangaZoom rates are $10 per child for four hours of bouncing fun, with a discounted rate of $8 for children younger than 2. Visitors can also purchase 10-visit passes for $50 for children age 2 and older, and $28 for younger toddlers.

There is also an annual club membership, Kyle’s Klub, for $19.99 that provides its members discounted passes and invites to members’ only events.

KangaZoom is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For information: www.kangazoomcalifornia.com.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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