Scott Weiner, owner of ABC Party Rentals and Amusements, says he always wanted to open an indoor amusement center to complement his party rental business. When the inflatable play center Monkey Joe’s closed its Greenville location last year, he saw it as an opportunity to expand his business.
“I already owned a hundred of these things (inflatables), a couple of carousel, and a lot of mechanical rides, so I wanted to do something indoors for kids — kind of a carnival theme,” he said.
The result is Kangaroo Jax, a family fun center that features indoor inflatables and other games and rides for kids ages 2 to 12 that opened in November in the spot previously occupied by Monkey Joe’s.
The center isn’t part of a franchise, and Weiner came up with the name because his son is studying overseas in Australia where kangaroos are common.
He says he knows comparisons will be made between Kangaroo Jax and Monkey Joe’s, but families who experience Kangaroo Jax will see plenty of differences. Two are the carousel and miniature Ferris wheel inside the center, along with a mini arcade for kids and a coffee bar and dining area for parents.
Weiner says he also paid close attention to customer feedback for Monkey Joe’s and makes sure Kangaroo Jax is always clean and climate controlled for optimal comfort.
Kangaroo Jax also has three party rooms, where parents can host their children’s birthday celebrations. Each one has a large flat-screen television for movie time or playing video games.
The center also hosts afterschool programs, day camps, and parents night out events.
“Whether it’s a birthday party or parents night out, kids can transition from party room to party room or play in the center,” he said.
He said children 4 and younger have their own area separate from the rest of the center, where they can play putt putt and enjoy their own rides and games.
Admission is $9 Mondays through Fridays and $11 Saturdays through Sundays. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sundays.
There is a Pre-K special for ages 2 to 5 only 10 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays that offers open bounce for only $6.
Weiner says he hopes families will take advantage of all the center has to offer.
“It’s a friendly, safe environment for kids to come play in a carnival environment,” he said.
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Kangaroo Jax is located at 2437 Laurens Road, Greenville. For more details, visit www.kangaroojaxs.com.