In a room full of hot air and plastic, what’s one to do but jump, bounce and try not to fall off – and it’s all in the name of family fun.
BY ANNA MEROLA
I’ve been to the Wipeout zone and I took my family with me! We jumped, bounced, climbed, became airborne, fell down, got back up and did it over and over again.
This version of Wipeout is not exactly like the one you see on TV, but our moves at Inflatable World were no less thrilling.
So my Wipeout moment came when I entered the converted indoor cricket stadium – known as Inflatable World during the school holidays and on weekends – and feasted my eyes on four oversized, inflated balls that were just waiting to be jumped on.
Looking around there were inflatables of different shapes and sizes for as far as the eye could see – 13 in total including an inflated elephant and maze surrounding it, a gigantic bouncy pillow, a gladiator arena, and velcro wall.
Back to big balls. Climbing up to the starting platform and with a couple of kids cheering me on, I pounced onto the first ball and landed safely, preserving my dignity for a moment at least…only to fall off on my second jump into the makeshift water below (or blue-coloured inflated plastic, so at least the landing was nice and comfy).
Second attempt, I made it to the third ball and again fell off in spectacular fashion! WIPEOUT! My five year old did better and made it across all four balls without incident, but that’s the benefit of being whippet thin and weighing 20kg.
Next challenge – horizontal baton bungee. Basic rules: Attach bungee cord to waist, run as fast as you can and grab a velcro baton attached to the side of the runway, before being pulled back by the bungee cord – or flung back in my case – to the start. With my legs in the air and baton in hand, it was not the most graceful display of my athletic abilities but I had fun which is what Inflatable World is all about.
Horizontal baton bungee looks easier than it is - and even more fun.
If you’re not big, there’s a special under 5's area so they can join in the fun away from the more adventurous kids. Parents are encouraged to have a play as well and it’s a nice break from the Wipeout zone, which is hot and thirsty work.
Check the website for pricing, opening times (it’s open during the school holidays and on weekends during the school term). You'll find Inflatable World at Morphett Vale, 40 minutes drive south of the city. There's another a Salisbury north of Adelaide.
Here's a few other places around Adelaide to try your “Wipeout” skills at:
: About 30 minutes south of the city at O’Halloran Hill, Inflatable Zone is another indoor inflatable playground, catering for three-year-olds and over.
: Just 10 minutes from the city centre at Marleston, Bounce is home to a 100 trampolines and where getting airborne is what it’s all about.
: Located at Greenacres, about 20 minutes north-east of the city. Similar to Bounce, it has trampolines, climbing walls, a mini-bungee tower, skywalk and more.
MegaAdventure Aerial Park
: An above-ground obstacle course at West Beach, 20 minutes from Adelaide, is a challenge like no other that is sure to get the heart-pumping.
Vertical Reality Climbing
: Climb to new heights at this indoor rock climbing gym located about 25 minutes north-east of the city at Holden Hill.
Castleworld and Cafe
; About 10 minutes out of the city at Beverley, Castleworld is full of inflatable bouncy castles and is open on Friday to Sunday and during the school holidays.
See even more places below for a fun, family day out.
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