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Published January 5th 2017
A colourful kids wonderland
Kambah Inflatable World is located 20 minutes south of Canberra's CBD, in the area of Tuggeranong. Inflatable World is a franchise with over 50 other outlets around the country, so the news of one opening in the ACT was met with great excitement. It opened its doors in late December 2016 and was a welcome sight for the families of Canberra. We are always looking for indoor options for cold Winter days, hot Summer scorchers and birthday party ideas for kids around the city. For the families of Tuggeranong in particular, this indoor play centre will be a popular venue each weekend and school holidays, without having to drive to Hume or Fyshwick for other indoor play centre options. Since Kambah Inflatable World has opened its doors, hundreds of excited children - and parents - have been running, walking and skipping through their doors all ready to play.
On our visit we found it a little hard to find as I was looking for more prominent "Inflatable World" signage and my GPS sent me in all directions, however we found it next to a Buddhist temple and behind the local shops. See Google map here for directions - it is currently listed as Indoor Sports Kambah. When you get there, the front of the building doesn't prepare you for the colourful kid's wonderland that lays within.
Wow! The fun and excitement of Kambah Inflatable World
Once you have paid the entry fee per child for two hours and received the wristband and heard the rules, the kids are let loose to play. There is an Under 5's area on the left with a Thomas the Tank Engine inflatable train, slide and smaller obstacles so toddlers and pre-schoolers can safely play. The main arena is just one massive play area with slides, games where you knock your opponent off a bridge, moving inflatable stands to balance on, jumping castles, inflatable rock climbing and soft play fun. There are supervisors positioned around the play areas to help with games and check the safety of the play. Just remember, "no socks no play". If you do forget, they sell them at the counter for $2.50.
On our visit, there were more parents inside the play area than sitting outside, as they were watching their kids having fun - and quietly wishing they could go on too. It is free to be a spectator, however if you want to jump and play yourself, then it costs $15 for adults. For those who are on the sidelines, there is a little kiosk for coffees and snacks and there are tables to sit at along one long wall. They also have birthday party packages, which will be popular in the Winter months in particular, with options to bring your own food. When kids go back to school, Kambah Inflatable World is only open on weekends and school holidays, so it is not open during the week during term time - so keep this in mind if you have under 5's and were hoping to go on a weekday.
My daughter and I met up with friends in the first week of January and our giggling group of five year olds ran off with great excitement. "Best place ever!" were the reviews from each of them at the end, with wide smiles and sweaty brows. Two hours was enough time for them to try everything out several times and have fun with their friends - and meet new ones along the way. They also get very hot. For parents, it is comforting to know that everything they are playing on is soft and there are supervisors also keeping an eye on things. The large warehouse space can get very busy, however because it is so large, it still feels spacious with plenty of room for the kids to play safely. Thank you Kambah Inflatable World for moving in - the families of Canberra will be seeing you many more times in the future!