There is a new amusement park in town… just launched this summer of 2013, and here to stay: it is the Extreme Air Adventure park located in Taylors Lakes. Fun for school aged children who like to climb, swing and jump, as well as rides to suit younger kids too.
When: During school term Thursday & Friday 4pm – 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am – 7pm. Check website for times during holidays.
Where: 399 Keilor-Melton Road, Taylors Lakes Victoria 3038. Click here for map and directions.
Cost: Single rides start at $9.99, a single unlimited pass for the day is $39.99 and a family pass (four unlimited tickets) is $140.
Armed with a family pass, guest reviewer Grace and her family headed along to check out (and test out) the Extreme Air Adventure park for us. Read on for all the insights, and thank you Grace for such a thorough review!
Myself, my husband and our almost four-year old twin girls went to ‘Extreme Air Adventure’ on a Friday night in early February 2013, arriving at approximately 8pm.
As we entered we noticed it looked very quiet – this was probably because school had just started back that week. We were each given our ‘unlimited-use’ wristbands and told we were going to have a staff member assigned to assist us – as it was a quiet night. We had the girls strapped and harnessed up so that they could use the trampoline-style attractions first (that suited their age group) and then we moved onto the rides. All the staff were lovely and the girl who assisted was an absolute pleasure, very patient and handled the girls wonderfully. :-)
We tried out the ‘Dodgem Cars’, ‘Jumping Castle’, ‘Croc Patrol’, ‘Swinging Monkeys’ and the ‘Jungle Fun Train’. By the time we went over to the bungee activity it started to drizzle and at this point a staff member notified us that due to the weather conditions some of the rides would need to be shut. The only other attraction we hadn’t tried that was still open was the ‘Zorb Ball’. We put the girls on the ‘Dodgem Cars’ once more after they tried the ‘Zorb Ball’ and then decided it was time to go home. All up we were at the park for an hour.
General Park Information
It is free to enter and walk around the park, but you need to buy passes to use any of the attractions/rides. The park has most of the ‘activity attractions’ on one side and the kids rides on the other. They have two tents and a large umbrella set up with tables as eating/rest areas, plus one take-away food van with some food and drinks and I noticed one portable toilets van. I didn’t see any merchandise available for purchase and no hidden costs. The rides are catered for smaller children (about three – five years old in my opinion) and the more physical activity attractions start at three years old and cater up to adults, although for some of these attractions you need to be four (or five) and up. The wait for each ride/attraction would be long on a very busy day as they only cater to a few people at once (eg: there were only four dodgem cars there for use).
What you may need to take with you
For me, I would suggest taking food/snacks and drinks if you think you might be there for a while as they only have one food/drink van which I noticed sold limited hot food and some fairy floss. Sunscreen during the day would be a must as it is mostly outdoors with very limited shade. Practical clothing/footwear for the older kids/adults would be a must as the activities are physical (thongs/sandals wouldn’t work well) and bathers are not necessary at all as there’s only one water feature and you are contained inside a big plastic ball during that ride.
Overall I don’t think that the weather helped our experience of the Park, but at the end of the day my girls had fun. It was disappointing to miss out on some attractions due to the weather so I would highly recommend ensuring you plan your visit to avoid going if there is any chance of rain.
Even though the Park is catered for two years and up, I believe that children aged five and up would enjoy this a lot more than the younger kids (especially as an unlimited usage pass is $39.99 and to get your moneys worth you would want to use the rides multiple times). I would consider taking my girls again some day but only when they are a couple years older and can use all of the rides.
A family pass has four passes for unlimited rides for the day – since neither myself or my husband used our passes, in hindsight we should have taken a couple of the girls friends or cousins to have got the full benefit of the pass!
Notes from Meetoo
After Grace’s visit we had couple of follow up questions that we checked with management, just to clarify some questions I had after reading Grace’s review! Here is the response.
Meetoo: We’ve heard that from the outside the Park it looks like it may be there only temporarily as it’s surrounded by temporary fencing, what’s the long term plan?
EAA: The Park will be permanent, with new attractions and new things added, etc. It started off as a trial and given how much fun everyone is having and the great feedback, it will turn into a permanent thing.
Meetoo: Is there ever any chance of the park closing early? Should visitors call if they are unsure? What’s the protocol?
EAA: The Park doesn’t close early even if it’s not busy. It only time it closes is if it can’t operate (due to extreme weather).