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Army Captain Uche Njoku is constantly being sent to training or deployed overseas for his job in the military. With the nature of job taking him away from home so often, Njoku’s wife, Tahiana, is left to entertain her two children by herself for months out of the year.
Tahiana would have the most trouble finding things to keep her children entertained in the winter time. She and her husband have two children, Xavier, 9, and Jisella, 5. Njoku was stationed in Iraq in January 2011, and due to the harsh Colorado winter weather, the schools were closed for a week. Tahiana was stuck inside their 2,000 square foot home during that week and were beginning to experience cabin fever. Tahiana’s frustration with the lack of active entertainment options in her area would give her a great idea. The Njoku family, with the help of a cousin, opened up Jump-N-Jack’s at the Citadel Crossing shopping center soon after.
Jump-N-Jack’s is located inside of a 17,500 square foot building and offers an abundance of inflatable play areas. The children can run, jump, climb, and slide on all of the different inflatable playgrounds. The kids have a great time on all of the brightly-colored and themed inflatables while burning some energy. It is great for the kids physically and is a better alternative than sitting home and keeping them busy with video games.
At first, the family considered a franchise, but ultimately they decided on starting their own business. In all, they invested around $250,000 to open their indoor inflatable playground. After starting with an initial investment of $150,000 from their savings, they took out a loan for the rest. After eight months of searching for the perfect building and location, Jump-N-Jack’s was opened.
The playground features a 65-foot long obstacle course that proves to be a fan favorite. Jump-N-Jack’s also has several inflatable slides, jump houses, and other attractions. There is a separate play area for toddlers and another spot with Wi-Fi and televisions for parents who want to work or relax. The Jack’s café offers up pizza, sandwiches, salads, and other items for when the little ones get hungry.
Other similar businesses in the area have failed, while some have strived. The family believes that the size of their play area and the low prices will attract more customers. Children can spend the whole day bouncing and sliding for only $8.99.
- Play’s Crucial for Childhood Development (outdoorkidsadventures.com)