Owners of Plano’s Jump Mania in business of family entertainment, giving back

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Soon after leaving his job as a vice president of a health care company, Dave Walker and his wife, Karen, purchased Jump Mania in Plano in the hope that they could give back to communities they visited in Africa.

“When we first bought this place, every time somebody came in to jump, we paid for a meal for a child in Africa,” Karen said. “We paid for 60,000 meals in our first four years that we were here.”

Jump Mania is a family entertainment venue that exclusively included bounce houses prior to undergoing extensive renovations.

After learning the ropes of how to run and operate Jump Mania, Dave and Karen decided to restructure their business model. They found similar entertainment venues, such as trampoline parks, were cutting into their customer base.

“Once the trampoline parks came in, which was before we bought the place, it really kind of cut the business almost in half,” Dave said. “We ended up just really appealing to [3- to 6-year-olds], which is too narrow of an age range from a business perspective.”

The Walkers began renovating the interior of Jump Mania and expanding into the adjacent suite to make room for a glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course. The upgrades also include big additions, such as indoor bumper cars; an arcade; and a kitchen that will serve dishes such as pizza, sliders and soups.

“Part of what we want to do is use our profits towards contracting with some local mental health care providers to provide that service to our community for folks that can’t afford it,” Dave said.

With the latest additions to the entertainment lineup, Dave said he hopes Jump Mania will allow for all family members to interact with each other rather than it just being a space for kids.

“We wanted to be about building family memories and giving parents the chance to just hang out with their kids and the chance to unplug from our digital age,” Dave said.

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Gavin Pugh
Gavin got his chops as a reporter when he was editor-in-chief of the Baylor Lariat. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Baylor University and has since come on board as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition. His beat includes transportation, Plano ISD and municipal government.
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