When Josh Geddes of Air Factory reached out to us for a review, we couldn’t turn him down. We had taken a team meeting at the trampoline park a few months before on a weekend, and we were curious to see how the weekdays compared.
Air Factory is a large and spacious trampoline park in Beijing that’s easier to access than the Shunyi parks for those who live in the city or Haidian (bonus: air filters in each location).
When we went on the weekend, it was full with lots of people. It wasn’t so full that it was hard to enjoy what the park had to offer, as there were plenty of places for parents to plop and wait, plenty of coaches to make sure the area was safe, and plenty of spaces to frolic.
I took my kids for the weekday review though. They had remembered the trampoline park on our last visit, and my son literally ran to the building when he saw it. Only a handful of other parents and kids were there, which was nice for us because we enjoyed the space with ease and plenty of time to thoroughly inspect the area. OK, I jumped and stole away to inspect the place. My kids jumped around like wild things while trying to suck me back into jumping every two minutes, but someone had to focus on writing the review. Alas, they overcame me.
We highly recommend Air Factory for its cleanliness and safety. Coaches are careful to watch what children are doing, catching even the naughtiest of children before they do something crazy. This would be the perfect place to go on a bad air day or when another sandstorm whips through Beijing. My children particularly loved falling into the foam pit, and I stomached doing this despite my fear of falling.
Other than trampolines, the park is also home to extracurricular classes provider, Opening Minds. They hold classes like painting, crafts, cooking, and more. At times they put on additional events, such as for holidays. Rock climbing and fitness classes are available at both locations, and the Haidian location boasts a jungle gym!
If you’re coming on a budget, we suggest bringing your own water, as Evian priced at RMB 18 was the only water available. Otherwise, food can be gotten here in a pinch.
One other thing to mention is that it’s easiest to get to the Chaoyang area if you have your own car or if you have a driver, not due to arriving here, but due to getting out of the area. You will still be able to get a taxi to leave, but you’ll need to tip to get them to make the hassle of coming to the area. Parking is a bit expensive, so other parents were parking outside of the complex (which also hosts a hockey and ice skating rink).
If you’d like to try out Air Factory, you’re in luck. They’re giving out 1,000 tickets that can be used Monday-Friday, 9.30am-9.30pm.
If you can’t make it on the weekdays, no worries, tickets are available for purchase at varying rates. Their times are Saturday-Sunday, 9.30am-9.30pm.
To find their locations, search for 空气工厂 in Didi or Baidu Maps.
Photos: Vanessa Jencks, and courtesy of Air Factory