Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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New games bounce into Brandon's Boing Jump Center

BRANDON — For more than three years, Boing Jump Center has taught residents that bouncing off the walls can be fun.

Now a spring renovation has added an arcade with redemption prizes, a larger selection of concessions and a viewing deck to watch all the action.

"We've been wanting to do it for a lot of years," center director Michael Canales said.

Where once there was a plethora of open space and seating, now sits games like Big Bass Wheel, Deal or No Deal and Hoop Fever. Along with some token games that have stood the test of time, there are many redemption games that Canales says are as easy to enjoy as a "swipe, play and walk away."

While you can redeem your tickets, stored on a swipe card, for the usual candy-type items for as little as 25 tickets, it's the mid- to high-ticket items that capture your attention.

Mixed in with the bobblehead pets (175) and shark tooth jewelry (450) is an 18-and-over section of what Canales calls "collectible cutleries." For 450-950 tickets, you can win knives, and 30,000 earns you a sword. There's no bow and arrows or sling shots, but there is an air gun.

"We wanted to have some novelty items that people want but would never go home and seek out," Canales said.

After working out some of the high-tech bugs with all the software and Wi-Fi involved in the arcade, Boing is spreading the news about its upgrades. They filmed a commercial, planned a Groupon and rolled out new package combination pricing deals just last week.

For $18, you can jump for 60 minutes and receive 40 game credits, or $37 buys 120 minutes, 100 credits and a slice of pizza and a fountain drink. Canales said he realized parents are going to spend more on the new arcade options, so he also reduced some jump pricing. A two-hour jump wristband is now $4 less, at $18.

Visit www.boingjumpcenter.com for more information, to book parties or to fill out the requisite jump waiver.

 

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