We have posted about Jumpstart.com a few times in the past. The Infant Bibliophile really enjoys the site. We were pleased to be offered the opportunity to take a sneak peek at some new New York City sites added to their Madagascar themed play area recently.
As if the arrival of the Central Park Zoo and the animal’s European Habitat were not enough to quench your kids thirst for all things Madagascar. Now, they can help us welcome Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman back to New York. With exciting new areas and games, there are so many more adventures for your kids to enjoy while in the JumpStart World. From the city skyscrapers and iconic yellow cabs to the arrival of Central Park, all the sights and sound of the city are just waiting to be discovered...Pros:
- Jumpstart is fun, and the Madagascar area is no exception. Website excerpt: "Some missions might have your Jumpee unscrambling riddles or mastering secret codes using the handy toolkit that the Penguins provided, while other missions might have you collecting clues by talking with confidential contacts or searching high and low for your next target. The Penguins will give clues and instructions along the way to help solve all the challenges your Jumpee is faced with. These trying missions will take your Jumpee to every corner of the JumpStart World and having them work incognito with the Penguins. Is your Jumpee ready to take on the challenge?"
- Favorite, familiar Madagascar characters will delight little movie fans, and NYC sites like Coney Island, the Statue of Liberty, Center Park, etc. will please aficionados of the Big Apple.
- Jumpstart is constantly changing, which keeps the site entertaining. Not only do they add large new areas, like the New York City sections, but they add many themed elements for each holiday (St. Patrick's Day, Easter, etc.), which our little guy tends to notice and love.
- Fun for multiple ages. While our 5 year-old is our main player, our two year old also enjoyed flying in a makeshift aircraft over the NY city skyline and riding bumper cars in Coney Island.
- You can add multiple children to the same Jumpstart account, each with their own login.
- We sometimes have problems getting Jumpstart set up the first time we use it. We have to fiddle with our cache, try some downloads, and sometimes switch browsers. But once it is running, then it keeps running fine every time we use it. They do have a responsive customer support team to help with this.
- There is quite a bit of loading time in the game, both initially and as you enter new areas. This might be unique to my (well-loved) MacBook, but it frustrates the kids (and me).
- It is not always clear to me what I am supposed to be doing within Jumpstart. Some areas are far more guided than others. This seems to bother me more than the children, and it encourages them to explore, but I sometimes feel like they are missing out on some of the fun that they could be having if they knew where to go. There are tours on a Jumpstart YouTube channel, but I think we'd prefer guided tours with commentary, like the Infant Bibliophile often finds on YouTube for Wii games he has recently acquired (or would like to acquire!)
Want to check out Jumpstart for yourself? Jumpstart.com has generously offered a three-month membership to one of our readers. To enter, please like Jumpstart on Facebook or Google +, and leave a comment letting me know. Give away will close at midnight on Sunday, March 24.
“Disclosure: I was provided with a JumpStart membership at no cost by Knowledge Adventure in order to test the products’ abilities and give my own personal opinions on it. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.”