Jungle Java Review

In the past week my daughter and I have visited Jungle Java twice at their newly reopened Ann Arbor location. We had only been there once before they had closed, so I don’t have a lot of points of comparison.

My impression is that very little has changed at Jungle Java with this reopening. The only major change is the addition of the Laser Maze. The play structure seems to be unchanged. I did not go up in the structure, so I can’t really comment on the condition of it.

Our first trip on Friday night was a birthday party for one of my daughter’s friends. Jungle Java provided beverages for each child and a pitcher of water. They also had a choice of a meal – macaroni and cheese, hot dog, pancakes, or chicken strips. My daughter really enjoyed herself at the party, but I still cannot convince her to have her own birthday party there. She is determined to have a home party. I guess that is what I get for having done fun home parties in previous years.

On our second trip, we were with a friend who has a three-month pass including the Laser Maze. Of course, my daughter wanted to try it out. We were there during the school day and the cave was not turned on. It took about 20 minutes for the cave to warm up after her friend requested that it be turned on. During the day there was no one monitoring that kids had a wristband. On Friday night, there was someone stationed at the cave making sure kids had the Laser Maze wristband ($2). My daughter was not a big fan of the Laser Maze and we will not be adding that option in the future.

The cafe provides a nice selection of food for both the kids and the adults. I had their stuffed pepper soup both times and really enjoyed it. Their pretzel roll sandwiches looked good as well. They also have a selection of salads and coffee and fruit drinks. My daughter enjoyed both the chicken fingers and the macaroni and cheese.

We will definitely be returning to Jungle Java for playtime, even if not for my daughter’s birthday party. I recommend it as a great place for the kids to get some exercise when the weather is not good.


If you are looking to visit Jungle Java and also need to arrange a visit to Santa, you may want to consider singing up for Breakfast with Santa on Sunday December 18.

Disclaimer: I have not been compensated for writing this review. I was a guest at a birthday party and paid my own admission the second time.

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Ann Arbor with Kids is your go-to source for Ann Arbor Family Fun. It got its start in an activity list that I was compiling for the playgroup I ran at our church. When my daughter started preschool, the other moms were thrilled to hear about my list. I decided to take the list public in 2009.

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