Bouncing on a rainy day in the Hocking Hills

Six bounce houses

Six bounce houses!

On a recent rainy day, I took the grandkids over to Logan to check out the new Hop N Hocking Hills a bounce house and video game business. It was a hit with the kids, ages 6 1/2 and 8 years old. At only $5 per kid for unlimited play time, it was a hit with me too. The facility was clean and safe.

Hop N Hocking Hills already had an outdoor bounce house business, for parties in warmer weather. They decided to expand their business so that kids could bounce AND play video games in colder weather. There are six bounce houses in one large room, and then a nice large video game play area in another, with 8 video game screens with lots of popular video games. My grandson finally got to play Fortnite, with help from other kids who were playing other games. While my granddaughter spent all of her time bouncing, my grandson split his time between bouncing and video gaming. We were there for about 2 hours, and it never felt crowded.

There are several seating areas for parents, with tables and chairs, and even some lounge seating in the bounce area. You may bring in your own food and non-alcoholic beverages, or order in from nearby restaurants that deliver (we highly recommend Pizza Crossing). Maya Burrito, also very good, is just around the corner on Main Street.

This is a small town private business, so don’t expect some of the extravagances that come with big city bounce facilities. Bottom line for me: kids had a blast, they were safe and $5 for unlimited play time can’t be beat.

Hop N Hocking Hills also offers virtual reality games but we did not explore this option. But it appeared other kids were having a great time.

I think it’s always nice to have rainy day options when you visit the Hocking Hills. This is a new one, and I’m sure we’ll go back!

  • Business: Hop N Hocking Hills
  • Address: 40 N. Market St., Logan OH (at the corner of Main St. and Market St.)
  • Phone: 740-216-4529
  • Facebook: https://facebook.com/hopnhockinghills (very responsive to messages)

Mary at Marsh Hollow

Last minute specials

kids dog on bridge

Winter is a great time to visit the Hocking Hills and Marsh Hollow: the crowds are gone, the rates are lower and it’s the quietest time of year. On top of that, we offer last minutes specials, generally for 1-6 days in advance. The last minute calendar is updated every day, so even though this post was made on January 4, the table below is current:

Call John at 614-499-8205 to book one of these great deals. Two day minimum, pets are welcome!

Mary at Marsh Hollow

Kid friendly things to do without leaving the property

Midwest Living magazine recently posted an article about kid friendly things to do in the Hocking Hills. We thought we’d list kid friendly things to do without leaving the Marsh Hollow property:

  • Hike our little loop trail and find the fairy house.
  • Toast marshmallows over the fire (and make S’mores of course).
  • Bring your creek shoes and play in the creek.
  • Bring a blanket, spread it on the ground, stay up late and count the stars.
  • Get up early, just before dawn, and listen to the birds wake up.
  • At dusk, catch fireflies, or as we call them: lightning bugs.
  • Using a piece of hot dog tied to the end of a string, “fish” for crawdads off our bridge.

Any other ideas?