Junglerrrific located on 2226 Route 9 South, Howell NJ was recommended to us a while back by a fan on our facebook page.  We received more positive feedback, and had to take a look for ourselves.  We know that we have to cover more Monmouth County indoor playgrounds, and were happy to start with a fan favorite.  This is a perfect place to stop by if you are shopping at nearby Freehold Raceway Mall.

What a great visit!  We made the trip with my two sons, and a school pal.   Barry Grossman, the owner is a legendary comic book creator, and a young grandfather who has thought of everything to make parents comfortable and without a need for anything. Junglerrrific is perfect if you want to keep an eye on your kid, you have pretty much a full view of the place, (with jungle gym) as well as comfort and tons of toys that will keep the kids busy for hours.  It is almost like visiting the friend your kids always beg you to go to cause they have the coolest toys and atmosphere plus Junglerrrific has some amenities you wouldn’t expect in a play place.

The toddler scene-  Although I did not bring my 2y old, I’m positive she would’ve had a fantastic time here.  they have a nice toddler area full of toys that are in great condition and even some throwbacks (cabbage patch kid, trucks and all sorts of toys a lil vintage here and there) .

Junglerrrific- my attempt at a panoramic view

Forgot the diapers or the extra change of clothes?-  I know I never include a bathroom picture in my reviews but I had to when I saw how clean and inviting the bathroom was.  Not only do they have the basic necessities (changing table plus creams/ointments), they have extra diapers and even CLOTHING if your young one has an accident.  Barry explained that he has plenty of clothes from the grandkids that are laundered, as well as some donations from the moms that work there too.  Visitors who forgot a change of clothes can borrow a set and can return them next time they visit! More pics below:


Here are some of the other little things that you can count on:

  • a Wii that has an amazing selection of games ($1/15 min)
  • Old-school arcade that has Ms. Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Zaxxon and all the old favorites (takes quarters)
  • A few games that take quarters including the “whack a mole” type and a merry go round (3 horses), air hockey
  • Comfy seating area with magazines, one massage chair, and slingback chair section with foot rests.  (I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture of the wicker chairs and cushions, they were great too)

  • Pinball Machine (FOR ADULTS ONLY)

From their website as of 12/30/2010:

Open Gym Hours:
Monday through Wednesday – 10am to 6pm
Thursday and Friday – 10am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday – private parties (call ahead)

junglerrrific party room

Party Room

For more information on Junglerrrific, including birthday parties visit their website.  (They were voted #1 best birthday party place in the Asbury Park Press Readers’ Choice Awards.)

Make a Day of It: Sara, one of our regular contributors, recommends the Freehold Mall nearby that has THE COOLEST CAROUSEL in NJ. double decker, amazing (and a nice toddler play area in front of it).

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