Steamboat House of Bounce seeks to fill indoor activity niche for kids
November 4, 2011
Steamboat Springs — The owners of Steamboat House of Bounce have discovered just how fun their inflatable attractions can be, but they're targeting a different demographic.
The 4,500-square-foot facility that includes a bouncy castle, a 20-foot-tall double slide, a 40-foot-long obstacle course and a Velcro wall, all of which are inflatable, is intended for children ages 12 and younger. The new business opens at 11 a.m. Saturday.
"It was a need," co-owner Shannan Brown said. "Steamboat was in need of a children's activity center."
But she didn't know the idea would come together after a three-day camping trip at Steamboat Lake with friends Michelle and David Womack, of Austin, Texas. The three had taken their children to McDonald's for lunch. Afterward, their children burned off some energy in the fast food restaurant's PlayPlace.
Brown told the Womacks it was one of the few places in Steamboat she could take her daughters for indoor recreation.
On the drive back to Austin, Michelle Womack said she and her husband decided to create a new place where parents could take their children for indoor entertainment.
"We want a safe, fun environment for the kids to play," Michelle Womack said. "That's what we're all about. That's our main goal."
Brown, who lives in Steamboat, will operate the business, and the Womacks — Michelle is a mortgage broker and David is a musician — will continue living in Austin, but they plan to visit every few months.
Included in the space is a 1,500-square-foot area for toddlers. There's a snack bar, but people will be able to bring their own food. For parents, there will be free wireless Internet and a TV.
David Womack said he hopes it will be the kind of place that brings families together.
Steamboat House of Bounce will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The facility at 2620 S. Copper Frontage in west Steamboat also will be available after hours for private parties. The owners plan to have a night where parents can drop off their children for several hours for a set fee.
The daily cost is $7 for children 2 and younger and $10 for children 3 to 12. After 10 paid days, children get one day free.
Parents will be required to fill out a liability waiver. There are benches and a balcony for parents to watch their children. A security system also will help employees monitor the inflatable attractions and toddler area.
Steamboat House of Bounce already has a fan. Brown's 8-year-old daughter, Bailey, has gotten a sneak preview as her mom and the Womacks get the business ready for Saturday's grand opening, which will include free hot dogs and drinks.
"I love it," Bailey said. "You can bounce and slide and everything."
— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com
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