It has only been 2 months since Ultimate, a brand new Indoor Play Arena for Families opened its doors in Northmead next to Masters and thanks to our good friend we got to check it out.
We took our girls along with some friends for an afternoon session on a Saturday, they had a good time but towards the end they got restless and wanted to leave.
Ultimate caters for children of all ages from kids 0-12. There are two separate play areas designated for different age groups. The first is for the older kids (5-12 year olds) with huge slides, foam pit, climbing wall etc and the second is for 0-5 years which ensures the little ones are always safe. All the attractions in the play centre includes:
- A very large Indoor Trampoline Park
- Climbing Wall
- Foam Pit
- Basketball Hoops
- Dodge Ball
Address: 5/1B Redbank Rd, Northmead, New South Wales 2152
When you first walk in, Kids World (0-5yrs) is on your left, with its very own play equipment including trampolines and mini rock climbing wall. I found there weren’t many activities for toddlers i.e. 0-2 years, maybe kids between 2-5 could enjoy the climbing structures and the slides, etc. We found this with our 8 month old and my friends daughter who is 18 months old. A mini ball pit would have been nice or some smaller structures they can climb. I think to get full usage of this area you would need to be at least 2 years and over.
In the right hand corner and at the back is the Trampoline Park that has a Main Arena with basketball lanes, a Dodge Ball court and a huge multi lane Foam Pit with a Climbing Wall. The Foam pit was my daughters favourite attraction. She describes it as sponges being everywhere and a climbing frame where once you reach the top you let go and fall onto the sponges! There’s even a ramp to the trampoline area to allow access to all abilities. It felt a bit incomplete, the trampoline section is huge and takes ¼ of the total space. I think they could have used this space for more attractions/activities, I found that empty most of the time, jumping around in lots of small trampoline is too tiring even for kids and they loose interest in it quickly.
The elder kids spent most of their time on the huge play structure that has the slides. My daughter tells me that if it’s your first time coming here then you should go with a friend because you can get lost as its a really big play area. she didn’t know her way around and had to go with her friends a couple of times.
There is a nice onsite cafe where parents can sit and relax while the kids play. There’s plenty of seating that allows parents to oversee kids playing afar.
Ultimate do cater for those all important birthday parties and private party rooms are provided.
Also the pricing is per hour which is quite unusual, usually similar places like Lollipops are priced per entry and the kids can stay as long as they like. If I would have to visit a play centre with my kids I would rather go to the more established one like Lollipops.
I have heard Ultimate are planning to add more attractions in the coming months including a sensory room for special needs children. I am hoping the facilities will improve and I will be looking forward to exploring it again and updating my review, till then I am going to give it a miss.
Full session times and pricing can be found here http://www.ultimate.sydney/pricing.html. You can also do one hour sessions on the hour. It’s a good idea to book online to save time. Then you’re ready to go when you turn up and make the most of your 2 hour session.
Parking was easy when we visited. There are lots of parking spots.
Change tables are provided in the toilets.
What to bring
Don’t forget your socks! You can purchase socks for $2.50 at Ultimate incase you forget to bring your own.
5 to 12 year olds – $25 for 2 hours ($15 for one hour)
0 to 5 years it is $20 for 2 hours ($10 for one hour).
$15 for 1 hour and $25 for 2 hours regardless of age. There’s also a family pass available.