I can’t ever say I’ve been to an inflatable park before but there’s a first time for everything! A new inflatable park has just opened at Meadowhall: Air Haus. Eric enjoyed it and even though I couldn’t totally bounce around like a crazy person (I’m pregnant!) it was interesting and I’d definitely go back again.
Air Haus inflatable park is just across the road from Meadowhall shopping centre, in an industrial park by Meadowhall South tram stop, S9 1EW. Open weekdays 10-9pm, weekends 9am-9pm.
Parent and Toddler sessions cost £5 and are specifically for 0-5 year olds. 2 adults go free with each paying toddler ;)…
“We’re taking play group to a whole new level. During our toddler sessions, the little ones get the whole Haus to themselves (with a little parent supervision of course). Not only are our toddler sessions tonnes of fun for both the parents and toddlers, but they’re great for learning motor skills, adventure and increasing both social skills and confidence. Plus the Haus is safe and full of soft landings.”
Toddler sessions run Monday to Friday, 10-11am then 9-10am at weekends.
Review: Air Haus Inflatable Park, Meadowhall
I wasn’t really sure what Eric would make of it because I expected it to be quite dark, loud music and… a little claustrophobic. But it wasn’t at all. The lights are turned on more during the parent and toddler sessions and the music is turned down.
It wasn’t busy at all. The layout is open plan so you can see most of the equipment from where you walk in, plus there’s a seating area looking out.
Staff were really helpful, introducing themselves, explaining what we could go on and what to do in each area.
It was smaller than I expected but I’m not a big fan of inflatables and so I didn’t expect to do much anyway, especially being pregnant. It was really for Eric to go on with Ollie, and for those two, the size was great. Everything was open to go on including 2 big slides, toddler zones, bouncy maze with interactive buttons., etc. Everything in the park was open during toddler session for free play.
I’m bad at explaining things like this, haha, but here goes… there’s an inflatable type house to the left with rockets, tunnels and some buttons to press, a reaction button maze, some curly up and down shapes to stand on, a rotating big soft pole which was turned off because when it’s on it goes around and pushes you off big round steps- apparently at some speed which could knock a toddler out lol so it wasn’t on but you could still climb about in that area, little slides/up and down things like an obstacle course, the ‘big’ slide (not for toddlers) and the 2nd smaller big slide. A little maze and a bit to walk through with big wobbly inflatable tubes. The whole equipment is like a big bouncy castle.
It was really cold in there but they said it’s temperature control & you get hot when you’re on the inflatables which makes sense but, staff did say if you go upstairs to the other seating area it’s warm up there.
There’s a small cafe serving snacks and hot/cold drinks and refillable pop. lockers. staff are friendly. One staff member was constantly watching all the people on the inflatables throughout the session making sure everyone was ok. The manager, Luke, was going around introducing himself asking for feedback and general chit chat which was really polite.
After 12 toddlers can’t go on the inflatables because the toddler session is over, and after 12 it’s general admission so they can’t guarantee safety of little ones with adults running around so they advice that children come off at 12. However, they can still go in the separate small rocket house with small tunnels if you want to stick around as it’s separate. By that time we were done, though. The manager did say we could stay for longer if we weren’t ready to leave. We got there at about 10:50 and left at 12.
I won’t be going back with Eric on my own just because I feel like I can’t really enjoy myself properly being pregnant and it’s not really my sort of idea of fun (personally!) but I asked ollie if he would go back with Eric as a solo activity like swimming or soft play and he said…” yes, definitely!”.
I think it’s good value for money at £5 for essentially 2 hours and the facilities are good- tables and chairs, toilets, refreshments if you need them and right across from Meadowhall. It’s a good alternative for something to do indoors that isn’t soft play. Perfect for a rainy day. I would go back with Ollie and Eric, even though I can’t really join in, because a 2nd adult is free. It’s really convenient that there’s table/chairs right there next to the inflatables so you don’t feel excluded if you go as part of a group but don’t want to go on the equipment.