Welcome to Monkey Joe’s Des Moines, the perfect play zone for little monkeys everywhere. Kids 12 years and under love bouncing, sliding, leaping, and jumping on our wall-to-wall inflatables. Our kids play center is packed with inflatable slides, jumps, bounce houses, and obstacle courses to keep your little monkeys active and entertained.
Casey Van Tilburg
It could use some updates. When we went there where only like 2 or 3 other families which was really nice because busy places can be stressful at times. Anyways my kid loved it but the inflatables were rough looking and ripped all over. Staff was nice.
4 years ago or so this place was AMAZING! Now, its beyond terrible. I was upset with our time there, won't be going back till things change. You can't hold the inflatables together with tape to long, they NEED new ones. They are to dirty and held with tape or not even tape at all to wear my 1 year old was so cold and shivering cause of the cold air blowing at him the whole time from the holes and weak threading. The staff was ok, mainly talked behind the counter. I seen people without socks on the inflatables, which is kinda nasty and staff did see. Pump it up is better. Yeah a bit more expensive and timed however their stuff is more maintained. You guys best get your stuff together I was suprised to not see many people on the weekend and now I see why.
It was a good place for my nieces to get some excess energy burned off while we were visiting, but there were a couple things that stood out. Many parents were not watching their children at all, which led to some strange lord of the flies scenarios which I felt really bad for some of the other kids. The food all look questionable, and alot of the surfaces of equipment were dusty, and dirty looking. The bathrooms were ok, not really great but not terrible either. We stayed about 1-2 hours and never really saw any staff, only when we arrived and when we left.
Like most reviews, there is a lot of broken things here like water fountain, racing games. Inflatables look old and run down. Staff isn’t very friendly and bathrooms aren’t very clean even tough they say they are going to be closed for 20 min to clean them. But....... from an older kids (5& up) perspective this place is a blast. Only one bouncy house for 3 and younger, however adults can go in to help younger kids on all inflatables (that might be a challenge when it’s super busy).
Great place for the kids to play. Subpar food and overworked staff. Although they are generally friendly, you can tell they are likely overworked. Filling out your safety forms will take a minute or two, worth knowing if you're carrying a kid or two.