If you’re looking for a not-so-typical indoor playground or have children who need sensory input, Sensations Therafun in north Atlanta is the perfect climbing, swinging, jumping place for you. Designed for children with special needs, (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders, Down’s Syndrome and ADHD), Sensations Therafun is a multi-sensory activity center with equipment that caters to their sensory requirements. But kids of all abilities and ages can have a blast in this play space. Here are a few reasons why it’s one of our favorites.
With a variety of climbing structures (like a rock wall), swings and activities, all children can find ways to play safely (and have fun) without feeling intimidated. In addition to their play equipment, they have a play area for toddlers, another playroom with toys, an indoor sports area (with soccer and basketball equipment), and an art room.
The Zip Line
One of their most popular attractions is the zip line. Kids climb up a treehouse-like structure where they can reach the zip line swing. Then they fly through the air (not too high) over cushions and finally, land in a ball pit.
Trust us, you have not seen swings like these on any playground. These are all swings that are often used in Occupational Therapy sessions with children. Kids love the off-balance thrill of the platform swing, the snuggly feeling of the acrobat swing and the fast spinning of the spider web swing. Many of these hold more than one kid which is always extra fun.
Since kids with sensory issues or ASD sometimes feel overwhelmed or overstimulated, the dimly-lit quiet room is the perfect place to decompress. It features bubble tubes, a fiber optic cascade of lights and a snuggle swing, just to name a few. After a little bit of chill-out time, the kids are usually ready to hit our next favorite thing, the springless trampolines.
This is not your everyday backyard trampoline. Because they are springless, they are safer (jumpers can’t land on the springs or the frame and injure themselves) and they make for higher jumping. By the way, even parents are allowed to participate and that includes bouncing on these amazing trampolines.
Track and Trikes
Around the area with the trampoline is a track where kids can ride tricycles. Again, because this is Sensations Therafun these aren’t just typical trikes. Kids get to ride on specialty “Winther Learning by Moving” tricycles. The handlebars are high and the seats are low and they go super fast around the Sensations track. Kids have a blast racing friends or just coasting.
Bring Your Own Food
If you want to stay all day, you don’t have to worry about buying expensive snacks or leaving and coming back. You are welcome to bring in your own food. They have a separate room with kid-sized tables (and even a microwave) so you can pack a lunch, refuel and get back to playing.
When you book a party at Sensations Therafun, you get the entire play area all to yourself. That means everything we listed above (the trampolines, the zip line, the swings, the track and even the quiet room) are just for your party guests. Plus, their trained staff members help to manage all the party details and activities. They even offer $5 off your guests’ next visit, which you can purchase ahead of time and hand out as party favors.