Moving to Lansing will “take us to the next level,” says owner
By Josh Bootsma
LANSING, Ill. (January 16, 2019) – Jump N’ Jam Playland, an indoor inflatable party facility, plans to move from Calumet City to Lansing in the coming months, taking over the space currently occupied by America’s Kids in the Landings shopping area.
Founded and owned by Matteson resident Shaneka Dyson, the business will move less than a mile from 1586 Huntington Drive in Calumet City to the Landings location along Torrence Ave.
In operation since 2013, Jump N’ Jam Playland has hosted thousands of children who have enjoyed its inflatable bounce houses, slides, and obstacle courses. Claiming to be “Chicagoland’s largest indoor inflatable party center,” Jump N’ Jam prides itself on the experiences it can offer young children, including birthday parties, school trips, and fundraisers.
Although both buildings offer the same floorspace, Dyson is hopeful that moving the business from its current location in an industrial area to a more customer-oriented area nearby will provide Jump N’ Jam with more visibility and attract more business.
“Where we are located now is a horrible location. We definitely have zero through traffic and most people in the community don’t even know we’re there.” said Dyson.
New attractions and timeline
In addition to moving to a new space, Dyson hopes to cater to a broader age range as well.
“Jump N’ Jam has traditionally been geared towards younger kids…now we’ll have some attractions that are actually going to interest [older kids] and they’ll want to come to Jump N’ Jam themselves,” she explained.
A small “Teen Lounge” area where kids can play video games and enjoy more mature music is planned, as is a tentatively named “Nerf War” attraction, which will operate similarly to laser tag. Dyson is exploring the possibility of incorporating some virtual reality stations as well.
The current Jump N’ Jam location has a kitchen, which will transfer over to the new facility. Included on the menu are pizza, wings, fries, mozzarella sticks, nachos, drinks, and slushies.
After America’s Kids moves out of the space and into a neighboring storefront, Dyson hopes to complete construction and open the new location by the end of March.
“We are here for the community,” she said, “We want them to visit us and become regular customers—we want them to support us. We want to be able to have relationships with the schools and the city. We want to be a business in Lansing that is here to last…I’m looking to move to Lansing to take us to the next level.”
To learn more about Jump N’ Jam’s open play times, party packages, and inflatable rentals, visit www.jumpnjamplayland.com
Jump N’ Jam Playland is currently open from 3-7pm Wednesday and Thursday, 3-8pm Friday, 12-9pm Saturday, and 12-8pm Sunday. Once moved into the new location, Jump N’ Jam will be open every day of the week and daily open hours will extend one hour later.
Jump N’ Jam is currently located at 1586 Huntington Drive in Calumet City, but will be moving to 16795 Torrence Ave. in Lansing.