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Cathy Droz and Cathy Burford Grandparents on the Go “Jambo”

Grandparents on the Go

By:  Cathy Droz and Cathy Burford

“Jambo” it up this Summer


Jambo park

Jambo park

Grandparents might be at” Zumba” class dancing to Hot! Hot! Hot, but for the grandkids we suggest you try “Jambo” where it’s cool, cool, cool.

It would be nice if we could all go to Disneyland or Lego Land for the day; as the Arizona heat can be a bit much for both young and young at heart. Our usual choices for the grandkids would be a water park, museum or movie theater to escape the heat, but now there’s an indoor amusement park in Phoenix and Mesa.  Since Cathy and I don’t like getting into our bathing suits for the water parks, and given the diverse ages of our 11 grandchildren, we opted for “Jambo” the indoor amusement park.

“Jambo” which means hello in Swahili will say hello to all the senses of your 1 ½ to 12 year old grandchild as there is plenty to see and do.  “Jambo” features 3 indoor amusement park rides, such as the flying elephant ride (Dumbo), the jungle swing ride and the safari train.  There is a private themed laser tag arena, safari themed 2-lane mini bowling alleys, 18 hole indoor miniature golf course and 3 robotic safari animals that our two, six and seven year olds loved riding. There is an indoor playground with slides, tunnels and more.  We also found a birthday party area that is so much nicer than some of the themed birthday rooms that we’ve seen around town.  The dining area has reasonable food, including pizza, hot dogs, popcorn nachos and other typical park food.

There are two locations; one at 32nd Street and Cactus and the other at Alma School in Mesa.   The air conditioning was on full blast and the facility was clean with helpful employees. I don’t suggest you go once a week but a few times this summer could be fun for all.  The grandchildren, all ages, were tired at the end of the day which was also a plus for grandparents and parents alike.

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Info from GOTG

  • The cost:  $3.00 a ride or $15.99 for a day pass
  • Go on website for coupon or check Groupon for $5.00 off www.jambopark.com
  • Food:  $2.99 to about $8.00 for snacks or lunch
  • For more info on days and times go to their website www.Jambopark.com
  • No sun block needed  –  Best deal is the day pass – sensible shoes for grandparents and the grandkids
  • Ages:  1 ½ to 12 – There are weight and height requirements on the website
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