Latitude has recently bounced into Adelaide following the success of its Melbourne venue. Promoting itself as an “aerial super-park” Latitude truely caters for climbers, bouncers and adrenaline junkies of all ages and abilities.
On a hot Adelaide summer day this was the perfect air-conditioned location for the kids to burn off some energy. There is a huge variety of activities that allow kids and adults alike to challenge and enjoy themselves to a level at which they feel comfortable. With oodles of free-jump trampolines, a comprehensive range of climbing challenges, a sky-high obstacle course and a dedicated Under 5s kid-zone to name just a few there is plenty to keep the adrenaline pumping!
When we went there were plenty of energetic staff on hand to help out with harness fitting, guiding, supervising and rescuing. However it’s important to note that it can be pretty hands-on for parents of younger kids (under 12). Around the climbing activities in particular you’ll be making sure the carabineers are securely clipped and unclipped at each station. Don’t expect to be able to sit back relaxing with a coffee while the kids are off playing, but embrace seeing their eyes light up as they conquer a challenge, push themselves a little higher and bounce themselves happy!
For older children, teens and adults there are plenty of activities that will provide a challenge and an equal number of activities that will take you back to playground days: soft falls, basketball lanes, dodgeball courts, the ‘downward rush’, slack lines and battle beams.
The supervised Kids Zone, for under 5s or under 110cm, is a great place for the younger ones to hang out and provides the littlies with their own challenges, obstacles and excitement; making Latitude genuinely suited to all ages. It has a supersized soft play area and their own trampolines and foam pit. There is also a dedicated parents’ change room with seating and pram parking.
Everyone over 110cm can have free rein on all the other activities.
There is a good sized cafe area which looked great – however with a 5 year old and a 6 year old my chances of stopping for a coffee and cake was non existent during the session!
Latitude is a high-sensory experience. Loud music, bright colours, physically demanding activities and lots of excited kids, which all add to the vibrant atmosphere. If you have a child who is not up for a sensory explosion, then it would be best avoided.
If however, like me, you have kids who thrive on pushing the limits of their abilities then they will find a challenge that suits their tastes at Latitude!
Some tips for your visit:
- Latitude socks are available for purchase for $2 and need to be worn at all times (and you get to keep them). Enclosed shoes are required for climbing activities so make sure participants wear sneakers.
- Sessions go for one hour. One hour is definitely not enough time to experience all that Latitude has to offer. Either book in for two sessions or prepare to be dragging protesting kids away from the fun!
- Arrive early to make sure you’re checked in, socked-up and ready to go for your start time! Sessions run on the hour so if you miss the first 15 minutes with toilet-stops, ticket buying and getting ready, then you’re missing out!
- Consider doing activities involving being harnessed and wearing shoes, one after another ie the climbing zone and the obstacle course. That way you don’t waste time putting on and taking off harnesses and shoes all the time during your session.
- There are open cube shelves or lockers for you to store your shoes, bag and water bottles when you are not using them, so you don’t need to carry them around during your visit. We used the open shelves to store things and wore a smaller sling handbag, in order to keep hands-free.
- If you have younger kids consider having one adult per child. You will need to supervise and assist with some of the activities so you could find yourself stuck if they scatter! You don’t need to pay entry fee for adults who are supervising.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Latitude Adelaide website
What: Latitude Adelaide
When: Mon: 10am – 8pm | Tue – Thurs: 10am – 9pm | Fri – Sat: 10am – 10pm | Sun: 10am – 6pm (times correct as of January 2016 – please check their website in case of changes)
Where: 13-15 Fosters Road (off North East Road) | Greenacres
Who: Bouncers, Climbers and Flyers of all ages!!
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