Jump-Um-Ups provide children and parents a fun place to play

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The days are short and the weather is cold, but thanks to Jump-Um-Ups in Los Lunas, kids and parents have a few more options when it comes to entertainment.

Ungelbah-Daniel-Davila-News-Bulletin photo: Jump-Um-Ups in Los Lunas is an indoor fun center for all year around. Pictured, from left, are Betty Lovato, employee, with owners Rosylin and Andrew Tenorio.

Jump-Um-Ups is the county’s only year around indoor fun center, featuring inflatable jumpers, a play area with two slides, a crawl-through tunnel and rope bridge, two pit trampolines, jumping balls and an extra inflatable obstacle course.

The center also provides an upstairs lounge balcony or party area where parents can relax while keeping an eye of their little ones.

Owners Rosylin and Andrew Tenorio, parents of two girls, ages 4 and 2, said they opened the center because they felt there was a lack of things for children to do in the county.

“We’re just hoping to get something to do for the youth in the county,” said Rosylin.

Before the opening of Jump-Um-Ups, parents and groups would have to transport their kids to Albuquerque for any kind of similar entertainment, and the Tenorios thought it would be good for the community to have their own.

“We had visited a place in Albuquerque, and just thought that we were in need of something locally,” says Betty Lovato, Roslin’s aunt, a retired educator and employee at Jump-Um-Ups.

With a fun center in Los Lunas, individuals can save money they might spend traveling, keep revenue in the county and give their youngsters a place to play and hang out all year.

Jump-Um-Ups offers different packages to accommodate groups and parties as well as family movie nights every other Friday. On movie nights, kids can play from 6-8 p.m., then head upstairs for a movie and pizza.

“Parents are encouraged to bring their kids in and they just come in and play with their kids. Parents are welcome to jump with them,” said Rosylin. “At eight o’clock, we shut down the play area and if they’re interested in buying pizzas and cokes, then we have that available to them and they come upstairs and they can watch a children’s video.”

Their target age group is 2-12, but parents are also welcome to play along side their kiddos. Lovato said they’ve even had groups of teenagers come in and spend hours having a blast in the larger than life inflatable jumpers with fun themes, such as a jungle and elephant house.

They said they have different jumpers that they rotate through to keep things new and exciting.

But the fun center is more than a place to play, it also serves as a place for kids to get in a little exercise in a fun sort of way, especially during the winter when playing outside isn’t always optimal.

One group that recently made use of the center was the YAFL Tigers, who had their end-of-year party there. Church groups, teams, field trips and the Renaissance program are other organizations that they hope to get in their door.

They’re also working to get a summer recreation program set up. One thing, they say, that parents appreciate about the center is that it makes parties easy since the center orders the food, sets up and cleans up.

“It promotes health, it’s exercise, and to know there’s somewhere safe they can come,” said Andrew.

When they aren’t masters of ceremony at the fun center, Andrew is a journeyman lineman with PNM, and Rosylin is a nurse practitioner. And as parents of small children, they know the importance of cleanliness.

After every use, the entire play area and all the inflatables are thoroughly disinfected.

Besides fun and exercise, Jump-Um-Ups also provides a place for family time, where parents can interact with their children. Parents can play for free, say the Tenorios, since they only charge admission for the kids, unless they are the birthday boy or girl, then their admission is free, too.

“What we really like is that parents get in there with them, they’re having fun, it isn’t just the kids,” said Lovato. “They’re interacting with their kids and you see parents have fun with their kids.”

Jump-Um-Ups is open for “open jumps” from 1-6 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, with additional hours of 6-8 p.m. every other Friday for family nights.

Admission to the open jumps is $10 for kids ages 2 and up, and $6 for toddlers 12-23 months, which includes a snack.

Gift certificates are available and individuals can also get frequent-jump cards in which after nine visits, the 10th is free. They offer four party package options.

The Red Party Pack is $230 and is for parties of up to 10 and includes two large pizzas, two two-liters of coke and one goodie bag per child. The White Party Pack is for up to 15 people, is $280, and includes three large pizzas, three two-liter cokes and goodie bags. The Blue Party Pack is for up to 20 people, is $330, includes four large pizzas, four two-liter cokes and goodie bags.

And the Starts ‘n Stripes Party Pack is for up to 25 people, is $380 and includes six large pizzas, four two-liter cokes and goodie bags.

For more information visit the center’s website at www.jump-um-ups.com or call 565-2662. Jump-Um-Ups is located at 201 Stover Road in Los Lunas.


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