Safari Sam's
Safari Sam's
3.5
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Claudia C
Hillsboro, OR92 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
If you have never taken your kids or grandkids to Safari Sam's, it is a place with a huge indoor jungle gym that offers food, birthday parties, and other kid-friendly activities. I took my grandchildren there a couple of months ago and they had a great time. With one exception - my 3 year old grandson was on the big jungle gym with the older kids, got separated from his big sister, got disoriented, was getting run-over, etc. and started to cry. I had been watching him, but the layout is such that very often, the children get out of sight and several minutes may pass before you spot them again. The staff member kindly got him out of there and brought him to me. From then on, he played in the area designed for younger kids, and I felt my share of guilt over his ordeal. The area for young kids is not near big enough, nor does it have enough variety. My grandson was what I would say "in-between", more advanced physically than the toddlers that were playing there, but not advanced enough to keep up with the older kids playing in the big structure. Safari Sam's could do more to provide appropriate play area for the kids in the 3-5 age group. The noise level in the place is deafening, but kids don't mind. Parents and grandparents, be prepared and have a high tolerance level.
Written June 23, 2013
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Jason R
Molalla, OR41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The pizza was sub par and the burger was a little better. Half the games didn't work and some stole your tokens. Kids had a blast jumping and running around. Wish of was bigger and the food was better.
Written March 28, 2013
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Meche Aguayo
Portland, OR17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I took my girls when there was a online special and me and my girls got in for free. I have heard about the place before so decided to take them. Dk why ppl complain about noise, it's a kids place you should expect it to be noisy. I think the prices for food were reasonable. I got a elephant ear for $3, I usually pay $6 for one at a fair. My girls ages 3 and 10 really enjoyed it. There is an arcade and glow in the dark arcade for additional price for older kids. There is only 2 bouncy houses which in my opinion there shouldn't be an additional price. They are not big at all.
Written August 11, 2014
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sweet-town
CA26 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Family
Don't bother to buy their deal vouchers! They have so many fine prints. Even if it's not printed on the voucher, they would say the rule is on their website, and find an excuse not honoring the voucher.

The supervisor "Jay" is not so nice. I asked very nicely if he can honor the voucher or give me any discount. But he acted as very strict, said no exception. Finally, I told him I'm going to write a bad review online. He said that I'm threatening him, and also said if I was nice to him, he would have honored my voucher, LOL! What a bad way to do business. It does not seem they want return customer.

This place is noisy and crowded. Overpriced. It's hard to supervise your kids. Not good for small kids.

Wi-Fi does not work. I was given a password, but could never obtain IP-address.
Written February 19, 2013
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msprncs
Phoenix, AZ47 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I think this place is overpriced on everything and the food is tolerable. There is way too much stuff crammed into the space. I think the kids had a good time but we won't go back.
Written February 8, 2013
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Wade K
Hillsboro, OR40 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Went there on a groupon buy. The food is overpriced tremendously and the place was dirty. Nobody was wiping tables off and the bathrooms were disgusting. Would not recommend going to this establishment
Written August 31, 2014
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Tiffany E
Portland, OR1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Family
As a first time customer to Safari Sam's, my family was utterly impressed by the size of the Jungle Gym. Other than that, everything was pretty terrible. For starters, the place is completely run by high schoolers who really do not know what they are doing. We did not see anyone in charge who was over the age of 23. Just trying to get the admissions settled was a nightmare. The cashier did not know what he was doing. Then we went and ordered food. The cashier had no clue what she was doing; she tried to charge me $10 more than what it should have been. Every second she was asking for help. After I finally got my order in, I waited 20 minutes just to get HALF my meal. They did not place the correct order. With apologies, they gave me the buzzer again and I waited another 20 minutes for one of my meals, after being told it would only be a few minutes. I went up to the cashier and asked where my meal was and they didn't even know what I ordered. I was so angry that I dropped their buzzer and walked away. I do not recommend going there... My expectations were high for this place, but we were severely disappointed on how pathetic the customer service was. I guess that's what you get when you let high schoolers run a business.
Written March 9, 2014
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Aidan J
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Family
Safari Sam's seems to not care about customers and they just care about money. Firstly, Safari Sam's is way overpriced. When you pay, they aren't done with charging you. Every section they have, they will charge you for it, unlike other places (such as Chuck-E-Cheese) where you just pay for everything. Safari does not do discounts and if you ask them for it, they will say "No Exceptions." There are kids stealing tokens and tickets there and if you ask for a refund, they won't give it to you. All their arcade games require more than one token to play, causing tokens to get spent too quickly. My child put one token in a machine and it operated as normal. He is very smart with electronics and he knows what a glitch is. He believed that a glitch happened so when it was done, he put another token (his last token) in the machine; didn't work. He handled it by himself by going to the front desk and he told them what happened. He asked for a refund but heres what this employee said to my kid, "The machine takes two tokens, and you can't have a refund." He came back to me and he said that he would've flipped that person off. And that was the last time he would go there. If I was going there, he would refuse to go there, and here's the thing: I don't force him to go. This place is very noisy; you've got kids screaming, crying, and occasionally swearing. The black diamond course caused my son and daughter to get injured, not by entering, but where they had to climb. Instead of lockers, they use 'Cubby's'. Some kids take other kids' socks and shoes and the employees just don't care. Don't go here; take your kids to another place like Chuck-E-Cheese as they are way more friendly. Your child will thank you for it.
Written January 6, 2014
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Paul S
Bend, OR83 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
If you like to pay high admission fees to enjoy a limited selection of games, inedible food, sticky putters on the putt golf course and to listen and see "kids gone wild" with little or no adult supervision, then this is your place. If you have kids, they might just like it, but it is a nightmare for adults.
Written July 8, 2013
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tamik23
Gaston, OR85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017
I don't always have a ton of fun here but my kids do! The jungle gym is their favorite. The putt putt is fun and small selection of games. The pizza is pretty good. Nice to take kids and sit and talk to the hubby. We have done a couple bday parties here and they do a great job! Can get busy on weekends and then smell like feet with all the kids taking their shoes off. 😝
Written February 23, 2017
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