There is a new play center in town, and it is just as fun for adults as it is for kids. Located within the Kerry Center, Adventure Zone is Kerry Hotel Beijing’s newest service. Spanning three flours, the play area is designed for ages 4-12 and put together by a British company. Birthday revelers can take on a multi-level play structure with net towers, bridges, ball pits, ramps and rollers.
The star of the show is the Demon Drop slide, which features a 90° angle, 7.3m vertical drop. It is best suited for thrillseekers, teens, and adults; younger kids tend to linger on the edge, petrified. They can choose from two smaller slides: a 6.1m-high slide ideal for ages 7-12 or 5.5m-high slide best-suited to younger kids. If the main structure is too overwhelming, children under age 4 can try out different occupations at the Role Play Village and safely play on padded slides and climbing frames.
Though the Adventure Zone cannot be exclusively booked for an event, the center does offer private rooms for complete birthday packages (see boxes for prices). There are three rooms that can be used for up to two hours. Two of the rooms can fit 26 people while the Wizard Room can take 31. Free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the venue and the Adventure Zone Café provides a variety of drinks, snacks, and light snacks.
Adventure Zone 探险乐园
Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10pm. 3/F (inside Kerry Sports Center), Kerry Hotel Beijing, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (6561 3388, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.kerrysportsbeijing.com/facilities/adventure-zone.html 朝阳区朝阳区光华路1号北京嘉里中心饭店3层
Mon-Thu RMB 400/child; Fri-Sun and public holidays RMB 480/child. Includes all of the above except with a deluxe cake and upgraded goodie bags (same cost for extra time).
Standard Birthday Package
Mon-Thu RMB 300/child; Fri-Sun and public holidays RMB 380/child. Includes food (three mains, one side dish) and one non-alcoholic beverage, a cake (1lb for six people), decor, goodie bags, party stickers and customized invitations, two hours at the Adventure Zone, and a party room with a host. Extra time costs RMB 1,000 for 60 minutes.
- Socks must be worn at all times within the Adventure Zone.
- Long-sleeve shirts and trousers must be worn on the drop slides.
- No wet clothes or swimsuits in the play area.
- You need a membership to use the facilities if you are not booking for a birthday party. Memberships cost RMB 7,500 per year or RMB 5,000 for six months.
photo by Dana Cosio-Mercado
This article originally appeared on p23 of the beijingkids January 2014 issue.
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