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In Kids & Family

Bounce around in Bay View.

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Co-owner Becky Cooper-Clancy isn't sleeping much these days. But she's having fun.

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Bounce also offers a token-free game room.

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And rock climbing.

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And laser tag.

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Bounce!

Bounce offers healthy fun and food in Bay View


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Ryan Clancy and Becky Cooper-Clancy were hoping to open Bounce, a Bay-View based family-entertainment center, at the end of February, but due to construction delays they finally opened Bounce two weeks ago.

"We are so happy to be finally hopping," says Cooper-Clancy.

Bounce, 2801 S. 5th Ct., is a two-story, 9,600-square foot space that features a 30-foot inflatable sports arena offering 10 different sports, an "adrenaline zone" inflatable climbing / slide structure, laser tag, indoor rock climbing, vintage video games, healthy, homemade food and a full bar.

"Everything is up and running except the sumo suits. Those are on back order but should be here soon," says Cooper-Clancy.

The owners took a lot of time with the menu which features pizzas – including one called The Milverine that's loaded with meat – as well as wraps, salads, tot and desserts including Milwaukee-made Purple Door Ice Cream.

"The food has been really well received so far. Everything is made fresh to order and most of it is locally sourced – the pizza crusts, the greens," says Cooper-Clancy.

The bar features more than 15 types of wine, 15 beers on tap and more than 50 bottles and cans. There's also Stone Creek coffee, Rishi tea and sodas, including locally made Sprecher.

Prices are $9 for unlimited use of the inflatable areas as well as free play of air hockey and video games. Adults can rest in the massage chair, too.

For $19, unlimited use of the climbing wall and laser tag is also included.

The admission price is good for the entire day. Adults with kids who are just watching are free. People can pay for individual activities, too.

"If you're 21, you could come in the morning and stay until bar time," says Cooper-Clancy. "Actually, I would challenge anyone to do that. It takes a lot of energy to bounce. Even friends who are marathon runners and cross trainers have said that after five minutes bouncing they were wiped out."

Cooper-Clancy, who had her fifth child last month, understands being wiped out.

"Between the baby and the business, we barely sleep, but that's OK. We're having a lot of fun which makes it much easier to deal with the exhaustion," she says.

The family lives in Bay View. Clancy started teaching at Milwaukee Public Schools in 2001 and Cooper-Clancy has 12 years experience launching and managing non-profits, most recently Peace Action Wisconsin.

The couple decided to open Bounce because – with kids ranging from 14 to newborn – they have a tough time finding activities that appeal to all ages.

"We hope the facility appeals to adults as well as kids," says Cooper-Clancy.

Starting on Wednesday, June 11, Bounce will host a "Paint Nite" during which parents will get an art lesson and leave with a finished piece while their kids can bounce and play for the entire lesson.

Also, beginning Saturday, June 14, Bounce will offer Parents' Night Out. Parents can drop off their kids with the certified teachers on staff at Bounce for 2 1/2 hours of play, plus dinner, while parents get a night out together.

"Or alone, I suppose," says Cooper-Clancy. "We will have discount packages with other local restaurants and businesses to make it really easy for parents to plan a date night."

Morning yoga will soon be offered and, currently, every Friday night features an America's Pub Quiz at 7 p.m.

"Parents can compete while their kids play. We include laser tag and / or rock climbing challenges at half time, and any teams that beat the staff team win free cookies, too," says Cooper-Clancy.

Bounce has already sponsored a few adult birthday parties and an event for the men's roller derby team, Milwaukee Blitzdkrieg.

"It's so much fun watching adults go down the big slides. They're screaming and laughing like a little kid," says Cooper-Clancy. "You're never too old to bounce."

For a guide to indoor playground and inflatable facilities in Milwaukee and beyond, go here.


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