AIR YOU BRAVE ENOUGH?

How safe is the new Air­zone at­trac­tion for kids? We re­view this hot new sus­pended net play­ground.

Young Parents (Singapore) - - Contents -

Imag­ine this: A play­ground made out of nets, sus­pended be­tween floors in a shop­ping mall. As sur­real as that sounds, it pretty much de­scribes Air­zone at City Square Mall.

Billed as the world’s first in­door sus­pended play­ground, it of­fers four lev­els of fun for you and your lit­tle ones.

Kids are al­lowed in as long as they can sup­port them­selves and walk un­aided on the nets, but chil­dren un­der the age of six must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

Here’s what you can ex­pect as an “Airstro­naut”:

LEVEL 1: BALL PIT

This is Sin­ga­pore’s only fully sus­pended ball pit, con­tain­ing ap­prox­i­mately 40,000 balls.

You may have heard of the in­fa­mous “drown­ing” in­ci­dent af­ter a mum got stuck in the ball pit. Vivien Low, who runs par­ent­ing blog Beau­ti­ful Chaos with her hus­band, had the “fright of my life” when she lost her bal­ance and fell back­wards into the pit.

The 1.72m-tall mum claimed that she couldn’t stand up or reach the bot­tom, and her screams for help were unan­swered. She added that her son was “stuck in­side” in the ball pit as well, to­gether with a few other chil­dren. She was able to pull her­self up af­ter grab­bing some­one’s hand.

So, is it as scary as she made it out to be? Af­ter get­ting into the ball pit for the first time, I sank down and did feel as if I was “drown­ing”.

For­tu­nately, there was a staffer on hand to quick pull me out – and she did this with one hand, even though she was shorter than I am. Thank­fully, I was able to get the hang of it af­ter a few min­utes.

Ac­cord­ing to the staff, adults tend to have a harder time in the ball pit as they are heav­ier, caus­ing them to sink deeper on the nets. If you do hap­pen to get stuck, grab onto the nets to help you climb out.

LEVEL 2: FREE PLAY ZONE

This level in­tro­duces you to a unique “space walk­ing” ex­pe­ri­ence. You’ll feel like you’re walk­ing on the moon as you bounce and jump around on the net.

There are also gi­ant worb balls so you can en­gage in fun games with your lit­tle one.

then you get tired, lie down on the net and look down to ex­pe­ri­ence the mall from a whole new per­spec­tive.

LEVEL 3: MAZE

Crawl your way through as you nav­i­gate the ob­sta­cle course of one of the most unique mazes in the world.

Avoid wear­ing shorts into Air­zone as the nets are pulled very taut and may hurt your knees as you crawl through the maze.

LEVEL 4: SLIDE

There are slides on each level as they are the quick­est way down, but the slide on the fourth level is the most ex­cit­ing. This is per­fect for ad­ven­tur­ous kids who love an adren­a­line rush.

Climb up to the high­est point of Air­zone, six storeys above the ground, and slide back down to the level be­low.

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