I don’t know about other parents but the thought of taking all my children out together on my own sends my anxiety soaring higher than the shard. I’m not even sure if it’s the physical managing of my four boys that I worry I can’t do, or perhaps I just need to moral support of another adult to manage a day trip, who knows? So when Inflatanation got in touch and offered a family ticket to one of their 8 centres across the UK, I accepted with excitement and an undertone of social anxiety.
*DISCLAIMER – My children aren’t monsters or feral, 2 of the 4 have challenging behaviour and 1 is a baby. They are perfectly safe to be taken outside in the light of day and won’t eat you. Probably.
As it was, our babysitter for the baby fell through and so instead I took 5 teenagers and a 3 year old. On. My. Own. What could go wrong?
It. Was. Amazing.
We had booked the last slot of the evening on a Friday night, and it was really quiet, which was great, we almost had the run of the centre.
The sessions run back to back and the current session cannot enter the inflatable area until the previous session has exited, which protects your full booking time. We were allowed to enter the locker area to remember be our shoes and watch a safety video before entering the inflatable area.
The teenagers were free to bounce around and make their own fun when we started our session, and me and Ethan bounced around and explored. It genuinely is suitable for all ages (including 30+) I would be lying if I said I didn’t go on all the slides on my own! It doesn’t matter if you’re 3 or 83, an indoor inflatable theme park is FUN!
Social anxiety needn’t have been a thought on my mind, it wasn’t crowded at all, and talking to the staff they said even when it’s much busier in the centre there’s still ample space to bounce and play as they don’t overbook their sessions so everyone can get the best experience. I didn’t cramp the teenagers style bouncing around like a child, Ethan forgave me for going on the slides ‘because it’s very dangerous’ and EVERYONE had the best time.
I mean, it wouldn’t be a day out with my children without some sort of hitch, and that came in the form of Ethan running upstairs into the closed viewing area and having too much fun being chased, which I sent the teenagers to do, obviously. With the exception of that escape, we had the best time and I would 100% solo parent a visit to Inflatanation again.
Inflatanation centres are located in:
Birmingham (we visited this one)
You can book your visit here
** This post has been marked [ad] as the tickets were gifted to me. All opinions are my own and I have not been paid for this post. Nor have Inflatanation had any control over the content.**