Caden Smith

Caden Smith, 2, jumps in the jumping castle in the Toddler Town section of Jump: Family Entertainment Center.

When Sarah Bardell, a mother of three children, moved to Tucson five years ago, she was surprised by the lack of indoor places for kids to play, especially during the hot summer.

So, she and her husband got to planning and created Jump: Family Entertainment Center, which officially opens Saturday, Nov. 11.

The 14,000-square-foot facility on the south side includes four inflatable obstacle courses, a slippery slope, jumping pillow, Toddler Town and an interactive beam video game system with 33 games.

It also includes a concession stand which will serve hot dogs, nachos, sodas, pizza and other snacks.

“I am super excited,” Bardell said. “All the hard work is coming together.”

The center is currently in its soft opening stage while the finishing touches are being added. Families can come in for a discounted admission of $7 per child.

Kathy Smith was at Jump with her two grandsons recently.

“I think it’s fabulous,” Smith said. “I’ve been following on Facebook and watching and waiting.”

Kristen Kvaran’s children played happily in the Toddler Town area, which includes a jumping castle and other hands-on activities.

“I think it’s super-fun,” Kvaran said. “It’s always nice to find places inside for the kids to go especially in the winter and summer months. I appreciate that they have something specifically for the wee ones.”

Contact Angela Pittenger at 573-4137 or apitteng@tucson.com. On Twitter:

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Families and schools reporter for #ThisIsTucson. Artist, photographer, mother of one.