On Friday 4th May my family and I were invited to the opening night of Cheshire Inflata Nation in Runcorn and although we had heard rumors that one was opening near us and had heard a few things about the one in Manchester we didn’t really no what to expect.
What is Inflata Nation?
In short it is an inflatable theme park.
Imagine a giant bouncy castle with inflatable slides, ball pits, climbing walls, basketball nets, bouncing balls, a jousting area and an obstacle course and you might just be able to picture it.
Who is it for?
Inflata Nation is aimed at those aged 3 and over with a specially designed toddler area with a mini slide and ball pond just for them. It is suitable for everyone, children, teens and even adults, basically if you are steady on your feet you can join in and trust me you are going to want to. We often take the children to trampoline parks or play areas and now they are old enough we let them go off and play together whilst we enjoy a break and watch from the sidelines and you can do that here as there is seating upstairs and downstairs as well as a cafe that serves food and drink BUT chances are you aren’t going to want to. The set up makes it so inviting that you feel obliged to climb aboard and join in with the children, laughing, bouncing and falling over in equal measures.
How long can you stay?
The sessions are usually booked in hour slots but you could book two if you wanted to stay for lunch afterwards making an afternoon of it however I will point out that one hour is probably enough. On Friday we were lucky enough to be invited to stay for 2 hours and even though we stopped for food and drinks we were all thoroughly exhausted by the end of the night so one hour is enough. It’s also worth pointing out that the whole area is inside so no need to worry about the weather with this one either.
Would I recommend it?
If you haven’t already figured it out then yes I would highly recommend a trip to Inflata nation. We had one of the best family nights and the boys have told everyone about it and keep asking when we can return. My boys are active and love to be on the go so this was perfect for them as they bounced from one area to another racing each other (and me) down the slides and challenging each other to jousting matches. If your children aren’t as energetic or crazy as mine then I would still recommend a visit as there is no need to try every obstacle, you don’t need to complete one to get to the other so they can stay where they feel happiest.
My top tips would be
1 Take change for the lockers to keep your shoes safe and out of the way
2 Arrive early as the car park is on site and free but can get busy
3 Take water or money/card to buy drinks as you will definitely need them
4 Wear comfortable loose fitting clothes so you can climb and bounce with ease
5 Make sure you are wearing socks