Indoor play parks are cropping up all over the Hartford area, but few have as much to offer at Urban Air, which recently opened in Manchester.
Zip line? Trampoline basketball? Virtual reality? Laser tag? A ropes course over a ball pit? Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes.
Climbing walls, crawling tubes, ropes, a tumbling runway, trampoline dodgeball, battle games. With classic rock on the sound system, a gaming arcade, a photo booth, a snack bar and massage chairs, the new Manchester location is an all-inclusive family outing.
Here’s the lowdown:
What do visitors have to say?
Layla McBride, 12, and Willie McBride, 9, played “Wipeout,” then soared on the zip line, as their mother, Princess Senu of South Windsor, watched. “They have so much going on, so much for the kids to do,” said Senu. Layla’s favorite attraction is the zip line. “I’ve been on it four times. I want to come back," she said.
Monika Czop of South Windsor brought her daughter, Natalie. “If your kid is very active like mine, this is really nice,” Czop said. After goofing around in the Warrior Course ball pit with her best friend, Natalie said the Sky Rider was her favorite, too. “It feels like you’re flying,” she said.
Lori Diennor of South Windsor, whose 11-year-old son Nicholas played in the arcade, said “It’s nice to have this place on a rainy day like today.”
Is it safe?
Activities that involve hanging in the air, or that are a falling hazard, require attachable harnesses. Many attractions have height restrictions. Employees watch over the attractions.
What’s the cost?
A $17.99 Basic Pass gives access to trampolines. A $24.99 Deluxe Pass gives access to trampolines, Wipeout, Warrior Course, Pro Zone, Climbing Hill, Battle Beam, Drop Zone and tubes. A $29.99 Ultimate Pass gives access to all Deluxe attractions, as well as the Sky Rider, ropes course and climbing walls. A $39.99 Platinum Pass gives access to all Ultimate attractions in addition to virtual reality and laser tag. A single game of virtual reality or laser tag is $7.99. Kids 5 and younger, who are subject to height restrictions on many attractions, can enter for $12.99, with $6.99 for their parent, who has the same access as their kids. The gaming arcade costs extra and each game differs in cost. Trampoline socks, which are required, are $2.99 a pair.
How long do I get to stay?
You can stay until you are too pooped to pop. “There’s no time limit. You can stay two hours or you can stay five hours,” said manager Joe Gallant. “These aren’t cheap prices, so we want people to play as long as they want to play.”
More about the manager
Gallant recently moved to Tolland from New York, where he worked as an administrator at a psychiatric hospital. “I would start every work day with a smile and end it in tears, working with people with constant turmoil in their lives. It started to affect my personal life,” Gallant said. “I thought, the last time I remembered being happy was at a trampoline park. I wanted that same happiness every day.
“Doing this changed my life,” he said. “I don’t make nearly what I used to make. But I’m happy because I’m surrounded by people who are happy.”
Location and hours?
Urban Air is at 220 Hale Road in Manchester, where the Bob’s clothing store used to be. It’s open Monday to Thursday 4 to 8 p.m., Friday 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There’s also an Urban Air at 260 Bull Hill Lane in Orange, which has all the attractions Manchester has, as well as a Spin Zone. urbanairtrampolinepark.com.
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