Making a big bang with families in Gloucester and further afield, Lunar City is a gigantic inflatable play zone with an enormous assault course, slides, tunnels and a climbing area, which is providing active, intergalactic fun for all ages. We zoomed off to GL1 Leisure Centre to test it out and it was a mission to tear the kids away!
After sprinting through the leisure centre, watching the introductory safety video was almost too much to bear for the littlest members of the SoGlos team, who – aged two, four and six – were almost exploding with excitement about what they’d discover within this intriguingly named ‘Lunar City’.
‘Is it like Peppa Pig’s Potato City?’ the four-year-old enquired? ‘How are we going into space without any oxygen?’ the six-year-old clever clogs chipped in! And what would they discover behind those big doors? Soft play? Bouncy castles? Climbing? Well, a heady combination of all three, it turns out.
Inside, the little ones immediately bounded off into the huge space-themed bouncy playground. They attacked the assault course with energetic verve – mounting obstacles, weaving their way through enourmous balls, commando crawling through tunnels and shimmying along balance beams – their small sizes giving them a distinct advantage – as SoGlos’s grown-ups, out-of-breath we’re not ashamed to admit, had a hard time keeping up!
Then there were two huge slides to be slid down what seemed like hundreds of times, a Dalek-looking climbing wall to almost scale – it’s pretty high – a bouncy pod the little ones enjoyed bouncing the big ones off, and ball pits to dive in too, which we watched some teenagers doing some impressive stunts into. And that’s not forgetting the dedicated toddler zone, either, which the two-year-old had all to himself on our mid-week evening visit.
Did our smallest SoGlos reviewers think Lunar City was out of this world? That’s a resounding YES! And it was hard to bring them back down to earth and get their shoes on afterwards! While the grown-ups got a little tired by the end of our hour-long session, the little ones wanted to keep on going and going. Dripping with sweat, with faces resembling little beetroots, we were pleased we had an excuse to drag them away when their time was up, and only wished we’d worn lighter layers and brought water (and perhaps oxygen!) with us.
Contained, safe and an energetically fun way to get the kids exercising – there’s not much to not love about Lunar City at GL1 leisure centre. The good night’s sleep afterwards was a bonus too!
We absolutely love the sounds of the Lunar City party packages for a novel way to celebrate birthdays. We are currently giving SoGlos readers the chance to Win a party for 10 people at Lunar City.
Lunar City at GL1 leisure centre costs £6.50 for children under eights who must be accompanied by a paying adult, £9.50 for children over eights and adults.
Family tickets are also available costing £28 for two adults and two children under 8 or £34 for two adults and two children.
But, for the best value, there’s a one-day package including Lunar City, roller skating and swimming costing £10 for under 5s, £13 for 5-7 year olds, £16 for 8-15 uear olds and £18 for over 16s and adults. An inexpensive way to bust excess energy!
For more information and to book a Lunar City session call GL1 Leisure Centre on (01452) 396666 or visit aspiretrust.org.uk/lunarcity directly.
By Michelle Fyrne
Sunday 19 August 2018
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