Inflatable play centers are often expensive (some as much as $17 to $23 for children's admission), which is strike No. 1 for a few hours of jumping. But for those living in a hot environment (Arizona, Southern California), outdoor inflatable play centers can make for a scorching experience as parents stand in the blazing sun trying to keep an eye on their toddler, while he or she disappears into one bouncy contraption after another, never wanting to go home. Ever. Coping with these play centers requires a few key survival items including sunblock, hat, sunglass, even an umbrella to keep parents cool. Don't forget plenty of bottled water for both you and your child. Also consider going with a fellow parent, that way the kids can stick together, and when it comes time to leave, two parents saying it's time to go are better than one.