Recently we were invited along to review Inflata nation Manchester. Inflata nation is descrirbed as an inflatable theme park. I knew my two girls would love it so I jumped at the chance. What I didn’t know at the time was that my husband had been eyeing up the billboard adverts for it on his way to work.
One sunny Saturday morning we arrived at Inflata nation for 10 am. First we had to complete a waiver form to say we were responsible for our own safety in the arena (accept for negligence obviously). Then we but our bags and shoes in the lockers and queued up to enter. We showed our booking confirmation email, got our wristband and were let in. There were signs everywhere talking about getting a safety briefing but other than being told to wear socks we didn’t receive one.
We came to the under 4s area first where I stayed with our 2 year old for the first 30 minutes whilst my husband took our 5 year old in the main area. The under 4s area is really quite small but fortunately, there were only a couple of other children in it.
In the under 4s there is a small ball pool, a bouncy raised area with a bouncy snail to sit on and a beehive to hide in. My little girl played happily for 30 minutes but by the time my husband arrived to swap I could tell she was getting a bit bored.
Our 5 year old was amazed when she saw the main area. She likes bouncy castles anyway but we’d never seen one anywhere near the size of this one. There are lots of different areas around the edge, with a large bouncy area in the middle. To say she loved it was an understatement.
There were areas like the climbing wall, a large ball pool, a 2 lane assault course finishing with a slide and inflatable bish bash posts which were perfect for our 5 year old but equally would be great for older children too. The assault course was a particular favourite of our 5 year old as it ended with a slide.
There were some areas that our children were no where near big enough for such as inflata drop (A very high and steep slide) and a gladiator duel area as well as several others. This is a great day out for multiple age groups.
For children 5 and over I think Inflata nation is a great experience and I think that the older the child, the more they will enjoy. My 5 year old loved it and there was still a lot of areas that she was not big enough for. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend it for under 5’s. I felt my 2 year old got fed up of the small under 4s area quickly and at busier sessions, I can see the area getting crowded. We did take her cautiously into a few areas of the main arena but if it was busier we couldn’t have done this. A one-hour session for the 4 of us would have cost £35.80 which for an hours entertainment is more than we would normally spend. However we all enjoyed it and I think it would make a great treat for older kids. It’s also a good workout for everyone!
My tips for visiting Inflata Nation Manchester
- Book in advance online. It’s really quick and simple and saves time on the day. You book a 1-hour slot.
- Make sure everyone has socks, long sleeves and trousers. You won’t be allowed in without socks. Covering your arms and legs are advised to prevent friction burns from the slides but is not enforced. There are changing rooms so we changed in to cooler summer outfits afterwards.
- If you have young children, pick an early slot. Our 10-11 am slot was perfect. There was a kids party on and a fair few others in but we didn’t need to queue for anything and there was plenty of room for everyone. When we were leaving at 11 am the queue to get in was very long.
- If like us you have a child under 4 and one over 4, make sure you have two adults. We did make the decision to take our youngest in the main area for a very short time but the under 4s area was much better for her.
- Take drinks and snacks for afterwards. You will need them! There is an onsite cafe if you prefer.
For up to date details of prices and opening times, visit the website.
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Disclosure: We were invited to review Inflata Nation in exchange for this review.