More bouncing + Roch.
A Rochester business is jumping into a new project Friday to keep kids, as well as its equipment, busy through the coming Minnesota winter.
Look for Jolly Jumpz Bounce World to open up in the 15,000-square-foot indoor sports complex at 4430 19th. N.W.
While Rochester already has place for kids to bounce off the walls — The House of Bounce, Jolly Jumpz owner Kari McKenzie is confident that there is room for more.
"Definitely during the winter, there is never enough to do indoor," she said. "I don't think there is ever enough bouncing for kids. Put up an inflatable and you have kids come out of the woodwork."
Jolly Jumpz World will offer food, party rooms and schedule special kid-friendly events like performances by popular The Teddy Bear Band and The Rad Zoo.
Beside being a place for children with cabin fever to burn off energy, this new project will help McKenzie keep her fleet of almost 40 inflatables and her staff hopping during the cold months.
She bought Jolly Jumpz Amusements, which rents and sets up inflatables for parties and events this summer. And it kept them jumping with all of her inflatables rented out at once some weekends.
Travis "Diesel" Wiuff, a name familiar to fans of mixed martial arts fighting, will manage Bounce World.
Known across the country as one of the toughest guys in the grueling world of extreme fighting, Wiuff is really great with kids and loves taking his young daughter to go bouncing, said McKenzie.
"He is so intimidating, but he is such a sweet guy," she said.