Adelaide’s newest indoor action awaits at Funtopia. Think oversized climbing walls and equally large indoor play cafe and you are on the right track. We called in for a visit and here is what we found:
Divided into two sections, Playground World and Climbing World you really will find a ‘fun-believable’ adventure here. Plus now is as good a time as any to tell you that the onsite cafe Mr Spriggin’s is guaranteed to serve you a good quality hot coffee, meals or platters for your group (rookie tip; pre-order your platters). Actually, Mr Spriggin’s seems far too funky to be hiding inside a kids adventure mecca – but who’s complaining? Not the coffee/lunch/brunch Mums.
Playground World suits ages 1+ and features a small area dedicated to the under 3’s. Socks must be worn at all times and can be purchased on site for $2, or bring any old odd pair from home. Expect Multi, multi (yep 2 x multi) level obstacles, slides and climbing, look out points as well as a pretty epic soft balls / cannon room. Not the germ-y type you crawl around in, more the type with air cannons and fancy tipping buckets. Prepare for war – our 3 year old loved this, as did the bigger kids.
Playground world will set you back $14 for an all day pass Monday to Friday and $16 on weekends, public holidays and in school holidays. There are also some coin operated ‘surf rescue’ quad bikes in this area and we felt these best suited ages 3-6yo. They cost two bucks and your kid will punch out a few laps and beg you for more coins, because they are pretty cool.
Climbing World suits ages 4 – 84 and features a very impressive set of interactive climbing walls from beginner to advanced. My five year old (who is pretty gutsy) couldn’t clip her self on and off, but had a fantastic time on several of the climbs. Got energetic 8 yo+ then we think this activity would be marvelous fun.
It’s all pretty high tech up the climbing end, and they tell us their technology on the self descending systems is world class. You really can’t fall, but can push out from the wall and ‘spider man drift’ with a gentle glide back to the floor. My kids LOVED this part and jumping off of really high things quickly became as much of a highlight as the climb.
Enclosed shoes are a must for climbing and it’s recommended that you book ahead to avoid missing out on the one hour climb sessions that happen on the hour (arrive at quarter to the hour for 15 minute safety brief prior).
Climbing World will set you back $18.50 for one hour (+ 15 min safety brief) Monday to Friday and $19.50 weekends, public holidays and school holidays. You can also do an additional high tower jump for $5 a pop. It looks insane.
Combine both worlds for $29.95 for a full day of fun = 1 hr climb + safety brief + 1 x jump + all day play + socks. Pretty good deal if you have at least a half day to blow we have decided.
Funtopia Prospect do birthday parties with six private party suites. There is a whole list of inclusions and the food sounds unbelievable.
Our conclusion, Funtopia gets a massive thumbs up from the Kids in Adelaide Team. Hot weather, windy weather, wet weather, active kids, hungry kids, coffee play dates, birthday parties…….you really have to check this place out! Its clean, new, functional and offers plenty of tables and seating, pram space and baby change facilities.
Find Funtopia Prospect at: 259 – 269 Main North Road, Prospect