Olon – Indoor Sports & Virtual Reality Entertainment Centre in Seaton
This new venue has something for everyone, from indoor sports and fitness to immersive virtual and augmented experiences.
Review by Carla Caruso
The “olé” song is a popular chant used at soccer matches around the globe. And it’s also what your kids will feel like singing when they discover this new venue at Seaton.
Olon – on Trimmer Parade – marries the best of two worlds: sport and gaming. The venue’s name means “everyone” in Greek, and it truly has something for every kind of kid.
Dubbed “Adelaide’s ultimate indoor sports and virtual reality entertainment centre”, it combines indoor sports and fitness with immersive virtual and augmented experiences. (You can’t miss the giant mural of sports stars like Sam Kerr on its facade!)
The centre has a premium, artificial turf indoor court, which kids can kick a ball around on as the sound of English commentators and cheering plays. The brand new court can also be hired out for club training sessions and team-building.
As well, the court’s the area where you can try free-roam virtual reality. ‘Free roam VR’ is different to the traditional kind in that you can walk around in a large space, with your headset on, and play with friends, adding to the immersive feel of the game. (Taking the headset off afterwards can be a bit of a shock to the system as you feel so submerged in the ‘parallel universe’.)
Olon also has traditional VR, which you can play in a smaller ‘station’ with friends, wearing different headsets. Take your pick from 30-plus VR arcade games (like Space Dance Harmony or Versus Laser Tag) or try a virtual escape room.
Adults can also see what their kids are viewing, behind their headsets, via TV screens at the venue. (An age restriction of 10+ applies for the virtual free roam and virtual arcade, and 14+ for the virtual escape rooms.)
Whether your kids are VR veterans, or have never touched a controller, they should do well with the user-friendly equipment.
Children can also play games on a PS5 or Nintendo with their buddies while sitting in stadium seats worthy of a Premier League club.
Then there’s the centre’s multi-sport simulator, which blurs the line between reality and virtual reality. Youngsters can try sporting skill challenges with their pals or practice on their own, with the help of augmented reality. Choose from sports like soccer, footy, basketball, netball, cricket, dodgeball, dance, and more.
Need a fuel-up? The on-site café serves up barista-made specialty coffee and a seasonal menu.
Olon also offers school holiday programs, OSHC and school excursions, kids’ parties, functions and events, venue hire, and more.
The possibilities here, like VR itself, are limitless!
What we like about it
- Where else can you get virtual reality experiences and indoor sport in the one venue?
- The multi-sports simulator is one of only three of its kind in Australia.
- Older kids are catered for here, as well as the younger ones.
Things to consider
An age restriction of 10+ applies for the virtual free roam and virtual arcade, and 14+ for the virtual escape rooms.
86-96 Trimmer Parade, Seaton
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Olon website.
All photos by James Elsby for Play & Go Adelaide
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