|Stacey Barr, demonstrating the fun of an inflatable slide, opened a Monkey Joe’s inflatable play center franchise in Dulles with her husband Josh. Besides spaces for kids 12 and under to bounce and slide, it also has private rooms for birthday parties, an arcade, a toddler play area, computers and a TV. Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny|
For many parents it can be difficult to get their children to play outside and be active in the age of video games, computers and TV.
Additionally, many dual income families find it difficult to make sure their children are active and healthy.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 59 percent of households of married couples with children have both parents working.
Monkey Joe's is a franchise that aims to provide an avenue for families with energetic children.
At its new location in Dulles, there are plenty of inflatables and games to keep even the most hyper child at bay.
Opened by owners Josh and Stacey Barr, the business aims to give active kids a safe and fun indoor environment.
The Barrs were introduced to the franchise while in North Carolina, and after falling in love with what it offered their children, wanted to bring the business to Loudoun.
“There is nowhere around really where kids can run and get exercise My kids have been to these before and the energy they get out is amazing and they will sleep and relax afterward,” Stacey Barr said. “You don't feel guilty, either. You take them to a movie or something and they just sit the whole time. Here they can stay for an unlimited amount of hours and they are playing the whole time. They are having fun and doing something active.”
The child center offers birthday parties with its four party rooms as well as opportunities for group and sports team fundraisers and more.
While the main focus for Monkey Joe's is on kids, there's also fun to be had for older siblings and parents.
“The jumps are only for 12 and under kids, but we do have an arcade, computers and a television ... We have a special area for 3 and under toddlers as well,” Stacey Barr said. “Parents can relax a bit while watching their kids play.”
With school starting back this week, some of the school-aged children won't be present as much, but Stacey Barr knows the mom groups will be out.
“Our mornings are usually the younger crowd with toddlers 4 and under,” she said. “Our toddler zone gets a lot of use in the morning.”
Barr also mentioned they get frequent field trips from area daycare centers.
Partnerships with area PTAs are also fundraising options. Stacey Barr said the center will block off a period of time for proceeds at the door to go to a partnering organization.
Monkey Joe's is open seven days a week, including holidays. For more information, visit monkeyjoes.com.
|Monkey Joe's Toddler Zone provides a space for younger children to play without getting trampled by rambunctious kids enjoying the bouncy castles and slides. The inflatable play center franchise in Dulles opened by owners Josh and Stacey Barr also has private rooms for birthday parties, an arcade, computers and a TV. Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny|
|Monkey Joe's inflatable play center franchise in Dulles was opened by owners Josh and Stacey Barr. It also has private rooms for birthday parties, an arcade, a toddler play area, computers and a TV.Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny|
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