See that list? The “safety rules to look after you and others” list at Aerial Fun in Malaga? Well, let me just tell you: number nine is easier said than done. So’s number eight, for that matter, but number nine, well, when you have three children of varying ages and dispositions, number nine is nigh-on impossible. I can’t remember the last time we went somewhere without at least one child (or grown up) lying face down on the floor crying and kicking their (sockless) feet.
But hey, here’s the thing: ALL THREE of my children had a ball at Aerial Fun. Hand on heart. There were NO TEARS between them; not even a quivering bottom lip. I know. I’m as surprised as you are.
Aerial Fun, in case you’re wondering, used to be Flip Out. It’s not any more. It’s Aerial Fun. Are we clear? It’s pretty much exactly the same, with the same lovely owners, and the same 500-square-metre trampoline area, basketball arena and separate junior arena for the under 7s, complete with foam pit.
The set up is perfect, with the little-kids’ area located right next to the café, so you can happily sit and watch your non-crying little ones for either their half-hour or hour bouncing time. And yes, it’s quite possible that an hour won’t be long enough, because when kids are having fun and not crying and not bothering you then you DON’T interrupt, which is rule number one of parenting, in case you’re interested.
Ben, my nine-year-old, disappeared into the big kids’ area upon arrival, with his new best mate – and fellow KidzaBuzzer – Jacob. We didn’t see them again until they were lured out by the prospect of a giant ice-cream sandwich (which aren’t as big as they were in the 80s, I can assure you), although they scoffed that and went straight back into the basketball arena. They’d have happily bounced all day.
So, for that matter, would Alice and Frankie. Admittedly, we’d timed it perfectly, as 3pm on a Saturday afternoon was fairly quiet – save for a couple of well-organised bigger-kids’ birthday parties – and they didn’t have to share the little kids’ area with too many other small creatures. Alice was torn between eating a Chuppa Chup and bouncing, but compromised by sticking it to the balustrade to suck on between jumping. Whatever works, eh?
The staff – I must add – were brilliant. Vigilant without being too over the top, bearing in mind Frankie’s dislike of authority (grown ups make him cry). The staff keep an eagle eye on things, hauling small people out of the foam pit when necessary, and making sure kids don’t bounce directly on top of one another (see rule number five).
With children aged between 23 months and 9 years old, finding an activity that EVERYONE enjoys and NO ONE cries about can be tricky. There’s always someone who gets the bum deal (usually me). But Aerial Fun, well, it ticked all the boxes, and four happy, sweaty, worn-out children gave it a resounding 11 out of 10. We’ll be back!
Aerial Fun is in the KidzaBuzz book (as Flip Out)! Check out V82 for a half-price second entry, and V225 for a birthday party offer.
Aerial Fun’s at Unit 1, 1968 Beach Rd, Malaga. Phone 9209 3519 or visit www.aerialfun.com.au to book.