There’s a new spot for indoor fun in the region. Located in Akron, Urban Air Adventure Park offers nearly a dozen different attractions — providing entertainment for the whole family, from toddlers to adults — in its new 35,000-square-foot space.
Urban Air Akron hosted a free night on November 15 for first responders, veterans, active military members and their families, followed by the grand opening on November 16. At each event, families could choose from the entire list of the facility’s attractions:
- Tubes Playground
- Battle Beam
- Warrior Course
- Pro Zone
- Climbing walls
- Ropes course
- Sky Rider coaster
- Flip Zone & Spin Zone bumper cars
“It’s a great way to keep kids active and healthy indoors, especially now as the weather’s getting colder,” says Brittany Douglas, media buyer and client relations for Hoegger Communications, Urban Air’s agency. “We’re also hiring between 50 and 75 high schoolers, so we are happy to impact the community that way, as well.”
Media was invited to attend one of the events, so my family and I got to experience the park firsthand. While my boys are on the younger side — ages 3 and 6 — there was plenty they were able to do. The staff was friendly, helpful and great with kids. We spent most of our time on the trampolines, in the Tubes Playground — which is spacious enough so parents don’t have to contort themselves to follow their kids — and in the Warrior Course, where my 6-year-old was able to make his way through most of the easier lane, while my 3-year-old just enjoyed being engulfed in the ball pit that’s under the obstacles.
My personal favorite was the Wipeout area, which features high and low padded, rotating arms that participants have to either jump over or duck under, all while on trampolines. (Note: the operator can control the speed and direction of the swinging arms and he or she WILL mess with adults. However, I was pleased that no matter how fast the arms were swinging, they always slowed significantly when they reached my 6-year-old son.)
While there’s no question that kids will love Urban Air, parents will love it, too, as you only need to pay for the day pass that meets the needs of your children, based on height. If your kids just want some trampoline action, the $15 Basic Pass fits the bill; children under 41 inches can experience the variety of the top six items on the above list for a $21 Deluxe Pass; older kids and adults who want access to everything can pay $28 for an Ultimate Pass. Parents who don’t want to get in on the action themselves but need to accompany young kids or a child with special needs can get a Parent Pass for $6.
For significant cost savings, Urban Air offers monthly memberships ranging in price from $8 to $41 per month. The attractions available depend on the level of membership purchased and members can enjoy unlimited visits (one visit each day the business is open).
The facility, which is spacious, clean and brightly lit (aside from the nighttime neon glow areas), also houses lockers, restrooms, storage bins and benches, plus party rooms and a cafe with ample seating. Urban Air offers options for birthday parties, corporate or group events, and school fundraisers.
In the future, look for fitness classes, toddler times and sensory-friendly events.
“All the attractions are for all ages,” says Taylor Weaver, who handles social media and email marketing for Hoegger Communications. “It’s a great place for parents and kids to have fun together.”
Urban Air Akron is located at 160 Rothrock Loop, Akron. Open play takes place Monday through Thursday from 4-9 p.m., Friday from noon-10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, call 330-532-7116 or go to urbanairakron.com.