Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pump This Up

I'm not a fan of those places with the jumpy house and inflatable slides -- in these parts the most popular one is Pump It Up -- and Audrey is not that crazy about them either.  She's never liked the sensation of any kind of instability, which is pretty much the definition of those places.  She has progressed from hating them and refusing to go in them entirely, to kind of seeing the fun but only if she is in them alone when she can be guaranteed that she will not be slammed into mosh-pit style.  Which means that she spends no more than 30 seconds in one before another kid comes along and sends her to the exit flap.

My objection to them is more around the hygiene.  Audrey always comes down with some kind of dengue fever within 48 hours of going to Puke It Up.  I'd hate to think what would turn up if they did a test on one of the inflatable obstacle courses like they did on shopping cart handles. Whatever is growing in there is way virulent and laughs in the face of that little squirt of anti-bacterial gel that you get on the way out.

Several times a year one of the students at Audrey's school will have a birthday party at Pump It Up during the school day.  When it's someone that is not in her classroom and she doesn't seem to know, I've taken to asking her teacher if she could stay behind or do something else.  I may be wrong about this, but her teacher seems all too happy to oblige.  Audrey thereby avoids the petri dish of Pump My Stomach, and gets some sweet one-on-one time with her teacher.  Everybody wins. 

Except.  Yesterday was one of those parties.  Audrey did not go.  Audrey was up puking last night anyway.  If I'd have known she was incubating something, I would have sent her.  Instead of her picking something up, for once she could have left a little gift behind.

22 comments:

  1. HA HA HA!! How do you like some of THESE germs, other kids? HUH??

    She probably had what you had, though, huh? Poor baby :(

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  2. Cracking my shit up here.

    It is a shame that an opportunity to infect some other children was missed. Maybe next time.

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  3. Boo is the same way about bouncy castle type things. He's all over them as long as he's alone. Once there's more than one or two other kids in there with him, he's heading for the exit. I think he likes the sensory stimulation until it's out of his own control. That and he just runs around inside because he hasn't actually discovered how to jump yet.

    We haven't noticed any viral issues afterwards, though we haven't actually been to anything like this indoors like you describe where I assume the inflatable things stay up semi-permanently. Maybe the local company that rents these things around here is good at hosing them down between events.

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  4. Leaving a little gift behind. That's what I like about you - you're always so thoughtful and kind.

    I too hate those places - not only for the germs. At a party, when Griff was like 6 or 7 the power went out the House of Bacteria, with him stuck on top of the slide. Since he has the fine and gross motor skills of a day old elephant, I had to run in there and rescue him before the thing deflated and he crashed on the concrete floor below. I handed him off to my wife just before the monstrosity went limp like, um, like something that goes limp. Unfortunately, I was still in it. The first ten feet of the fall wasn't so bad. It's the last few inches that really hurt. No broken bones but I was pretty banged up.

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  5. Could be the mere idea of the place that induces nausia/vometing for Audrey. Kind of a psychological Ipecac.

    (and you thought those places had germs?!)

    I hope she feels better soon!!!!

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  6. Sorry Audrey is sick. Those indoor playgrounds are germ factories. But so are schools! LOL

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  7. Damn, that was a big opportunity to stick it to the other nasty pukers wasted. Well, at least you didn't spread it to a birthday kid, right? Hope Audrey feels better soon!

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  8. Poor Audrey being sick. Hate when my kids are sick.

    However, this is just another something that Charlotte & Audrey have in common. Here's a blog post I wrote about that same damn place a few months ago. http://goodfountain.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/how-easily-i-falter/

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  9. I never liked those places because the kids would just be OUT OF CONTROL and the moms would be oblivious to it all. Meanwhile, my poor kid is trying to jump or climb and some sniviling little snot would push him just to get in front. I think that's where my child go this "attitude" from.

    I'm not a germaphobe, but really, those places gross me out!

    Bowling alleys are germ breeders also. All those fingers in the holes of the balls. We would have a ball at those places, but paid the price a couple days or weeks later with colds. It's all part of parenthood.

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  10. This was hilarious! I always have to leave my boys out of these trips because neither can stand having socks on without shoes. Shoes aren't allowed and neither is bare feet.

    Oh well, sounds like staying home is a good thing!

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  11. Love bouncy places. LURRRRVE THEM!

    For my kid, this is a wonderful OT opportunity for the grand total of $4 for two hours, and I get some cardio in, too. He runs and jumps and looks like any other typical kid, which is not something that happens often enough. He wants to live in one of those places. As for germs, think of the IMMUNITY he can build up going to these places! He will be ready to work in HazMat someday, he won't even need a *suit*.

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  12. I hate those places. HATE! I always say that if you wanna catch a staph infection, head straight to pump it up. Gross.

    Plus, the bird gets in, bounces twice, then some dumb normal kid bounces right into my fragile little girl and the rest of the party is spent crying. Oh, then they eat pizza with extra gluten and extra casein and she knows the pizza I bring her is not nearly as delicious. Then it's cake time: sugary, gluteny, caseiny cake time. And she looks at the GFCF cupcake or brownie I've brought from home and eats it (it's still a brownie), but she's pissed.

    Then she leaves crying.

    Hate those places.

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  13. My oldest daughter loves Pump It Up, and I always discourage her from wanting to have her party there. After all, everyone else and their fourth cousin once removed has their party there! My youngest, however, hasn't discovered its charms yet.

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  14. I've never heard of this inflatable party zone. So happy my son is too old for such a thing. Sorry your little one is sick.

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  15. It kind of reminds me of those ball pits that my pediatrician likes to call the pit of pathogens.

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  16. Cute! I hate when Son goes into those things. He LOVES them. And gets sick after a trip in one.

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  17. lol at leaving a little gift behind! We don't do 'bouncy castles' here either, because of the instability issues so I have never had to consider the germ aspect. Ewwwwww! Jen (visiting from SN bloghop)

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  18. But she just got better! Sucks for you! Guess you'll be up night.

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  19. Unfortunately, Billy cannot get ENOUGH of bouncy places. In our neighborhood, they're called Zoinks and Ollie Wallie's and both are pretty much the 8th circle of hell for me.

    Willow is just inept in them. I set her down in the baby one, she tries to walk, falls over, and rolls to the little gulley at the side where she just stays.

    Then we go to the snack bar and wait for the boys.

    So I'm guessing I should cancel the bouncy house at Billy and Audrey's wedding reception?

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  20. oh no, puking sickness with kids is the pits. sorry she is sick. those places drive me crazy b/c of the noise level. and the germ festival going on there is pretty horrendous, you are right.

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  21. So funny! My son likes them and they stress me out to no end. I never thought about the germ factor, but you're right. Eww.

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  22. Hehehe...pay back time, eh??!! Hope Audrey's ok now.

    xx jazzy

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