Entrepreneur’s Annual Franchise 500®

birthday party venues for boysEach year, Entrepreneur magazine compiles its annual Franchise 500® listings.   We’re pleased to appear in their Franchise 500® 2013 Directory which can be found in the January issue, out now.  Check us out on page 172.

About Scooter’s Jungle:

Scooter’s Jungle is your neighborhood destination for private family fun in a safe, clean and active tropical-themed setting. Our award-winning facility offers worry-free birthday parties, open play, school fundraisers, team events, and fresh homemade pizza. Plus, our perfectly-sized equipment allows kids and parents to play together creating an active, memorable, and fun-filled experience where everyone is treated like jungle royalty.

Holiday Week Open Play Times

In just a few short weeks, the holidays will be a memory.  The presents will have been opened, the decorations will be ready to come down, but the kids will still have a few days of winter break left. Now what?

Bring them into Scooter’s Jungle for open play family activity. All locations will have weekday open play events scheduled between Christmas and New Year’s.  It’s the perfect, stress-free way to entertain your little ones during the holidays.  Check out each location’s calendar, which is updated regularly, for details:

Aliso Viejo

El Segundo

Placentia

Simi Valley

Valencia 

A Day in the Magic Kingdom – Disneyland or A Romp at Scooter’s Jungle?

kids birthday party locationsThe Happiest Place on Earth. You can’t miss it. It’s a very familiar phrase displayed on a very familiar sign, outside of a very familiar amusement park, and everyone who passes that sign on their way in can’t help but smile. No doubt, if you were somewhere else in the world, nowhere near that very happy place, and someone said that phrase randomly without reference, you would know exactly where it came from. Of equal certainty, it is one of the premier destinations for family fun in the world and has been since its opening in the summer of 1955. According to a survey taken in February of 2012, the park boasts that more than 600 million guests have walked into the Land of Mickey. Without question, that’s A LOT of happy! Recently during a family gathering, I was talking to my grown nephew, who is the father of three very rambunctious boys aged 4 to 10. He mentioned that their middle son was about to celebrate his 7th birthday, and they were talking about Disneyland. He was said how much everyone loves it but that he wasn’t looking forward to the expense. His son was also asking if he could bring a couple of friends. This is a reasonable request from a child, of course. Who doesn’t want to have friends there when you celebrate your natal anniversary? Unfortunately, at $81 to $87 for a one-day child’s ticket and $119 to $125 for a one-day adult’s ticket, that becomes quite restrictive. So they had to put conditions on their son’s outing and limit it to their little family only, no friends. Well shucks. No friends? No other family? No presents? Ah well, presents aren’t everything, but no friends? That’s not so happy of an idea. Especially to a 7-year-old. I asked him if they’d ever thought about having his birthday at Scooters Jungle. He said he hadn’t, but he wasn’t sure he wanted all the “bother” of doing a party when Disneyland would be so much easier. I asked him what kind of “bother” specifically he was referring to. He said, “Oh, you know, getting everyone ready, doing food, party favors, balloons, cake, all that stuff. Not to mention that by the time we paid for all that, plus all of their friends, it would cost way more than taking the family to Disneyland.” I kinda love a challenge, and so I asked him if he’d care to do a quick comparison with me, just out of curiosity. He shrugged his shoulders, smiled, and said “Why not? I’d love to check it out myself. Let’s do this!” So I quickly grabbed a piece of paper, sat down next to him, and jotted down the pros and cons or more to the point; a Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom vs. Scooter’s Jungle birthday party showdown. He got out his laptop, and we went to work using their website and http://scooter.coalitionteam.com.

Magic Kingdom Scooter’s Jungle Childrens Party
Tickets $613.00 (3 kids, 2 adults) Base Party price includes 22 kids & 20 adults; $299 weekday/$369 weekend. You provide cake.
Parking $15.00 Free
Food $160 to $200 Super Party price includes Base Party fun PLUS 6 Pizzas, Unlimited soda or punch, Balloon Bucket Rental$379 weekday/$449 weekend
Souvenirs/Treats $20/kid ($60.00 total) OTT Party price includes all of the above PLUS 22 Fun Bags party favors, Memory TShirt & Banana Monkey for Bday child. $445 weekday/$515 weekend. You provide cake.
Time Investment All day (lots of it standing in lines) 2 ½ hours. No lines. All Play. Fun, Giant Inflatables and MORE. Ping Pong, Air Hockey, Games run by staff members.
Staff Sorry, you have to do ALL the work. Package includes amazing staff people who do ALL the work from start to finish; unload your car, check-in guests & gifts, play games, monitor safety, serve food, clean up, load your car. YOU get to play too, NO WORK for Mom & Dad.
Total So Far $848.00 (ouch!) $515 OTT Package weekend price. (Plus cake expense)
Savings (Estimate) ——————— $333.00

When we were done, my nephew and I were both equally surprised. Even though we used the “conservative” numbers on the amusement park prices and the highest party option that Scooters Jungle offers, we still estimated a savings of over three hundred dollars. Let’s go one step further and say that you averaged that cost out. He’d be spending approximately $169.60 per person (5) for the Magic Kingdom versus approximately $12.27 per person (42) for a Scooter’s Jungle inflatable party. I finished off the conversation with my nephew by adding that there’s absolutely no question that memories created at both places would be priceless. But I have to say that having 20 friends at your birthday DEFINITELY constitutes a party. Not to mention, our whole family would be able to come and celebrate with them: aunts, uncles, cousins, grandmas, grandpas as well as friends. I asked him how he felt about all this. He smiled and said; “You had me at THEY do all the work!” At that particular moment, I’m pretty sure my little soon-to-be 7 year-old great nephew was the happiest kid on earth.

Safety First at Scooter’s Jungle Playground

Inflatables continue to gain in popularity, but there’s a big difference between choosing an indoor facility that offers a private, safe, clean and fun experience vs. renting a bounce house for an outdoor gathering at your home or elsewhere.

Scooter’s Jungle places high importance on safety, and when you play in our facility, you can rest assured that our equipment is well maintained, anchored and never rented. We operate our facilities in the highest of operational industry standards to ensure a safe and fun experience. Our trained staffers monitor and supervise playtime and the dining room experience for the ultimate family and friends gatherings.

After ten years of operations, Scooter’s Jungle is an industry leader, providing indoor supervised facilities that are private, safe and fun. Play on our custom equipment and enjoy homemade pizza straight from our “A” rated kitchens. Don’t stress about the details – let us handle everything, including the supervision of activities in our playground, while you create a lifetime of memories.

Scooter’s Jungle on Orange County Mom Blog

We are longtime fans of the Orange County Mom Blog.  Blogger Shelby brought her whole family out to Family Fun Night at the Aliso Viejo location and documented it all here.  We especially love her Scooter’s Jungle tips including:

  • Everybody needs to wear socks
  • Moms – don’t wear a skirt. You are 99.9% going to want to play on all the giant slides
  • Scooter’s Jungle will provide crackers and lemonade to keep the kids hydrated during play
  • A safety waiver will need to be completed before play

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