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Published January 11th 2015
Pump up your summer
The kids will be so 'pumped up' when they hear you're going to Inflatable World.
Bounce on in and join the fun at Inflatable World. It's not just for the kids; they encourage tweens, teens, and adults to jump in and have a go with the younger ones. There are supervisors around to make sure everyone is safe and playing fair; though I did end up intervening in the absence of a supervisor a few times, to facilitate turns at the jousting ring and in line for another area.
Inflatable World caters for large groups: "Birthday parties, school excursions, holiday programs, corporate and team building events, sports clubs, hens and bucks nights, holiday parties, fundraising," or even if you just want to get together with family and friends. The spectator area was very crowded quite early; book for groups of ten or more.
All participants must wear socks at all times while playing on the inflatables; If you forget, they do have socks available to purchase.
Hot chips, snacks, and drinks are available to purchase, or you can bring your own food (but their written 'rules' indicate that you are not permitted to bring your own drinks; I can't imagine them not allowing you to have your own water bottle).
Wear loose, comfortable clothing; even if it's cool outdoors, bring shorts and a short-sleeved shirt, as it gets very warm inside. Some of the jumping inflatables are partially or fully enclosed, and get very warm inside as well.
I brought my three-year-old twin boys, five-year-old daughter, and seven-year-old son. There is an under-fives area that was quite suitable for all four of my kids, really; there didn't seem to be too strict of a restriction on ages in this area, though I'm sure the supervisors would keep older teens out unless they were in there supervising younger siblings etc. Care should be taken with younger children on the equipment both in this area as well as (and especially) in the non-designated-age areas. This is a favourite new space for older kids and teens, many of whom may not be wary of little ones.
My favourite part of Inflatable World was that there was no need to book ahead, like you would need to do with most trampoline centres. The price is also competitive, with many trampoline centres costing $10-$15 per hour. Entry fees are comparable to other indoor playgrounds like Croc's, but Inflatable World caters to a much broader age range, and kept my kids amused for longer.
The "River Rock Challenge" was my daughter's favourite: jump from "rock to rock" to get across to the other side; fall off and it's impossible to get back on, you need to walk across, go and line up, and try again.
My younger sons loved all of the slide inflatables, especially with two beside each other, so that they could race. My eldest tried the "cliff jump" and didn't seem keen to go more than once; he did love the basketball dunk area though, and stayed there for a good portion of our visit.
Keep in mind that there are ten Inflatable World locations in Victoria; they do swap equipment around from time to time. Not all equipment in the videos will be at your chosen location, maybe not even the same location next time you go.
Feeling deflated? Bounce on over to Inflatable World and get pumped up for a day of fun.
A friend and I took a friend to the Wantirna location the other day and they loved it. One thing to note that not all centres have an under 5 area. The Wantirna location is adjacent to Yoyos Play centre so we had to separate the smaller children with the older ones which meant that adult supervision for both sides was needed. You also had to pay entry fee for both sections so be aware of this. But overall for the older kids, it is awesome. Everyone walked out red and sweating but thoroughly enjoyed the 2.5hours we spent there.