There’s a brand new indoor adventure park that has opened in Aylesbury. The franchise is known for their trampoline and activity parks across the UK, but this it the first super centre. That means there are no trampolines but there are loads of activities to do here. There’s ninja tag, a soft play, bumper cards, the UKs first glow in the dark ice rink, football, laser quest and crazy golf. We were invited down to their launch party today, ahead of the opening tomorrow. Although we were gifted admission, Flip Out Aylesbury had no input into this review, and they did not see it prior to publication.
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Flip Out Aylesbury has so much to do! Because of the variety of activities it is suitable for families with a range of ages. There are certain things that Smallest Child couldn’t do (laser quest and bumper cars) and there are certain things that the boys couldn’t do (soft play). As long as you either have multiple adults, or the older ones are able to go off by themselves, then you’ll be fine.
At the entrance (and before the admission gates) there is a small arcade area. There’s various machines including air hockey, driving games, nerf arcade, snowboarding game, and basketball.
OMG. This is awesome. Top tip, download the Flycam pro app before you go to get the most out of the interactive features. Ninja Tag is like soft play and the krypton factor had a 21st century baby. There’s various obstacles which each have various tag points in. The aim of the game is to tap your wristbands against these targets faster than your mates.
The obstacles include a climbing wall, mega bash, the ballroom (which is FULL of large clear yoga balls) and up and over. There’s so much to do! Smallest Child loved running around here (although she wouldn’t really have cared about the tag element of it). The boys really loved this. It is different from your normal soft play as the soft play part of it is just do you don’t hurt yourself really. It’s alllllll about the ninja skills.
Sadly when I visited Flip Out Aylesbury to do the review, it was just for the preview, so we weren’t issued with wrist bands so couldn’t test out the interactive element. That sounds like a good excuse to go back!
The soft play area
The other main attraction on the ground floor is the toddler soft play area. It’s only for kids under 1.1m (approx under 5). The soft play at Flip Out Aylesbury is a fairly decent size, but half height so it’s probably easier for parents to watch than follow the kids around. There’s slides, tunnels, balance beams and rollers. When covid regulations are relaxed there will also be a ball-pool in here.
I’ll be honest. If you’re looking for a stand-alone soft play then somewhere like stay n play has more equipment and facilities. BUT this is a good way of keeping younger children entertained whilst the older ones play in the rest of the centre.
Before I forget the most important part of this review is that I won the laser quest at Flip Out Aylesbury. I beat hubby, I beat the kids and I beat everyone else in our game. Ha! You get an eight minute game in a relatively small laser quest area, but there’s loads of walls and barriers for you to hide behind. Because there’s not loads of people in each game it doesn’t feel overcrowded. Eight minutes seemed to go quite quickly but I’ll be honest, I was knackered by the end of it. High intensity winning takes it out of you!!!
These are like little space bumper cars. Under 1.1m have to share a care with an adult. I’ll be honest, I was a little bit unsure about this. There didn’t seem to be a proper space for Smallest Child. She was kind of just wedged between my knees and whenever we got hit I just clung on to her for dear life (there is a seatbelt as well). I’m not convinced I’d take her on them again.
Younger kids aside, the bumper cars were really good fun. There isn’t a steering wheel but two forwards and backwards levers, one for each side. It took a bit of getting used to but I got there in the end.
There’s a 5-a-side interactive football court. Each goal has two targets and there’s a four minute countdown clock.
There’s a small 9-hole crazy golf course. The individual holes are all very short. Someone who can actually play golf would do all of them in one or maybe two strokes. I took a lot more! The only holes that were quite tricky were the two that are on cobble stones. Lord knows how you’re supposed to do those in anything less than a million shots!!
Did you know that the ice rink at Flip Out Aylesbury is the first glow in the dark ice rink in the UK? Well you do now. It’s a no-ice ice rink (no getting wet, no getting too cold). You’ll be using proper skates, but the blades are thicker than normal ones so they’re safer. Annoyingly, because of covid restrictions the ice rink was closed when I did this review of Flip Out Aylesbury. The rest of the centre is allowed to open but ice rinks are banned. Go figure.
Our Flip Out Aylesbury review
We really enjoyed our visit to Flip Out Aylesbury today. There’s so much to do here, you’ll easily spend your full three hours there doing your favourite activity again and again (in my case laser quest). The unlimited after school option is particularly good value for money. It’s lovely to have something new like this for older kids. Personally I’d say it’s perfect for ages 6 and up to get the most out of the visit. The boys loved this and they were buzzing when we left.
Oh and they have over 18’s tickets as well so you don’t even have to pretend you’re taking the kids!
A 3 hour pass is £20, a family 3 hour pass is £75 (4 people). Mid-week unlimited (from 3pm weekdays, term time) is just £15 until closing!!! Mid-week term-time stay and play is £7 per child (2 free adults). Book via their website.
Parking / How to get there
Address – Friars Square, Aylesbury. HP20 2QF (in the old BHS site)
Parking – use town centre car parks
There’s a cafe on site. It wasn’t open when we visited, but a kids meal (hot food, chips and fruit shoot) is £4.50. Adult meal (ditto) is £7. No additional food is allowed.
On-site. I think these are still WIP though as they seemed a little bit “rough” around the edges. At least I hope they’re WIP.
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