And it’s definitely a place to get a little or a lot sandy, for it has a climate-controlled sandbox complete with 40 tons of tickle-your-toes real beach sand from Pensacola. But instead of bordering the ocean, this beach-like area is surrounded by those inflatables kids love, several interactive game stations, and coming soon – bumper cars. Leave the sunscreen behind and enjoy this indoor playground year-round.
My children and their friends had tons of fun running barefoot through the 3,000 square feet of sand. They built sandcastles and then explored the forts, bridges and slides in the sand pit. Unable to resist, I also ventured in to play. I was surprised not only at the coolness of the sand, but the non-gritty texture – it felt smooth and was easily shaken off.
With a focus on families playing together, Adventure Kids is best suited for ages 2-12. Inflatables are designated for specific age groups, making it easy for the younger, just-learning kids to be comfortably away from the seasoned jumpers who scramble up, down and through inflatable mazes.
Younger guests can also enjoy “thinking tables” with trains and other toys, while older guests can indulge in Lego-type activities, air hockey and trampolines. For future rock star wannabes, there’s a full stage with guitars, drums and a large screen, with ample speakers for playing the likes of Guitar Hero/Band Hero. Adventure Kids also has Wii Interactive and Kinect-type games in a separate area to keep kids (and parents) moving.
4335 Bethelview Rd., Cumming
– Dana diLorenzo