Shaun Gaul, the owner of Super Jump in Williamsport, understands the woe of trying to find a venue for a child's party all too well.
The idea for his business was derived because he could not find an establishment to hold his three year old son's birthday party.
"My son was turning 3. We couldn't find a place to throw a birthday party. I said let's open a place to throw parties. I don't have anything else to do," Gaul said.
Shaun Gaul, owner of Super Jump, poses with some of the inflatable party items that
attract lots of kids to his establishment for parties.
Prior to opening the facility, Gaul was involved with another business venture that did not pan out.
Super Jump is 12,0000 square feet and has much to offer kids of all ages.
"We have four big inflatable obstacle courses, two inflatable games, an arcade and food court," said Gaul.
According to Gaul, he sees a positive spin on the economy. He asserts that in financially troubled times people tend to stay local.
"We are pretty busy. Our weekend business is verging on out of control," Gaul said.
A typical party includes pizza and drinks for the kids. The food court is used for birthday parties. There are also two party rooms.
"We leave our rooms generic so we can theme them for whatever theme the parents want. We leave the walls white so we can constantly change them for what the parents are looking for," said Gaul.
Gaul is adding games and activities.
"We are getting redemption games, where you get tickets and cash them in for prizes. We have about 15 new games coming. We will have at least one or two new inflatables coming," Gaul said.
Gaul also added that among the new games will be skee ball.
According to Gaul, the food court menu is being revamped to appear more aesthetically pleasing.
"We have hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers and a lot of stuff," Gaul said. He swears his hamburgers are among the best in town.
"I buy the best of everything. If you have one of our hamburgers, chances are you will have one again," Gaul said.
He also made reference to a local in town who comes in just for the hamburgers.
The chicken and fries are air fried.
"Air frying is a small oven that blows air around really fast. When the food comes out, it actually feels like it was really fried. It is crispy on the outside. There is no grease or oil. It's healthier," Gaul said.
Other services offered by the play facility are field trips and fundraisers.
"We do a lot of stuff with the schools. We donated to the accelerated reader program. We have given free admission and stuff for them," Gaul said.
According to Gaul, they are tossing around fundraising ideas.
"Birthday parties and everything we offer are customized to meet the customer, we have a few fundraising ideas. I am a firm believer that schools need as much money as they can get," Gaul said.
"We are here for the kids. The kids are our main concern. As long as the kids are happy, then I am happy. We are not a typical place with standard packages and rules. We will custom tailor anything to make it the way you want it," Gaul said.
Super Jump's hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The hours are extended to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. They are also open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Super Jump's Web site can be utilized at www.mysuperjump.com. Party packages, membership details and other programs can be found on the Website.