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Published June 28th 2015
Stay active this winter with these fun indoor activities
When it's so cold and miserable outside all you want to do is stay indoors, turn on the heat and stay under the doona and not move. But what if I told you around Melbourne you can be warm, away from the harsh elements of the winter rain and wind and still have fun; will you be enticed to step outside of your onesies and moccasins to try something new this winter?
Here are my list of 5 Fun Indoor Activities that gets me out of the house and having fun:
1. Bounce Inc.
Bounce Venue (Image sourced from Bounce website)
Dodgeball at Bounce (Image sourced from Bounce website)
Fly through the air and bounce off walls. Bounce Inc. in various locations around Melbourne and is a HUGE indoor trampoline park that is suitable for children and the young at heart. In these venues you can jump as high as you like and land safely on cushy mats, for those more adventurers you can bounce and flip your way into a pit of foam or play a little trampoline dodgeball, nothing like a bit of healthy competition to bond over. For $16 for adults plus $2 for grip socks (unless you have them from a previous time) you can bounce for a whole hour to your heart's content.
From bouncing off the walls to climbing up them in a safety harness, Hardrock Climbing located in Melbourne CBD or Nunawading is another great indoor activity to try. Don't be intimated by the height of the wall or the more elite climbers who look like they could hand off boulders like Sylvester Stallion in Cliff-hanger, there will be a wall that is just right for you. Climbing pieces on the wall are colour coordinated to indicate the difficulty of the walls, and upon arrival one of the many staff members will first run you through a short training sessions to teach you how to strap into the harness and the proper way to belay your partner. A great actitvity for the whole family as children as young as 4 can take part. For $30 you will get to climb for as long as the centre is opened, the harness and shoes. So grab a friend or two and get climbing.
If you've had enough of exerting your own energy then Go Karting might be the way to go. This is a great activity for special occasion and functions or just a bit of fun on a cold winter's day, get out there and race with Go Kart Sport in Moorabbin on the longest go kart course in Australia. You can go individually or in a larger group, this activity is suitable for everyone, although you must be 10 to get the green light to race. Standard prices start at $45 for 15 laps around this large track or if you just can't get enough $80 will get you 40 laps (price include $10 day membership).
One of the cheapest forms of indoor activities as prices hasn't seem to have gone up much since the early 90s when roller-skating rinks were all the rage(especially for the tweenies and teens). Caribbean Garden Rollerrama is a fun place to spend an afternoon or evening, all you need is a pair of roller-skates or blades to join in on the fun of skating around the room to top 40 music. Sometimes you can even join in on the friendly competitions that involve a gigantic dice and win yourself a food coupon from the snack bar. Prices range from $7-$10.50 depending on the time and day and if you don't have your own skate handy you can always rent them on the day for $1 for the traditional 4 wheeler or $3 for the cooler roller blades.
Medibank ice skating rink (Image sourced from Medibank Icehouse website)
If you have conquered rolling on wheels and looking for the next challenge than skating on thin steel blades might just be your next challenge. Although the ice-skating rink down at Docklands initially is not the warmest place on earth but a few laps around will get you warmed up in no time. Medibank icehouse is a place to skate. The ice is well looked after, the rink is big and the staff are lovely. Prices start at $21 for a session if you have your own skates or $26 if you want to borrow some for the venue. If you have never skated or are just looking for a refresher on the techniques, Medibank Icehouse offer FREE beginner lessons and learn the basics from an Ice Ambassador, teach lesson is for 15 minutes. Falling down and getting is all part of life and it seems ice-skating but you will gain your balance and confidence in no time.