Oxygen Freejumping – Day out in London with the Kids
Oxygen Freejumping is a good day out with the kids. It’s not difficult to get to, its not too expensive and the kids will get a workout unlike what they would typically get even at a pool or playground.
Take the Central line to West Acton. When you get out of the station turn right and then take the immediate hard right down the footpath that runs next to the rail tracks. This is not clearly marked and going this way will save you from going a longer, twisty-turning walk through the industrial park (we have been twice, first time decided to get off at North Acton … do not do this). Follow the footpath until you loop around the BBC, past a few other buildings, and Oxygen will be on the righthand side, clearly marked.
Be sure to arrive early, they recommend 30 minutes, I would say at least 20. You have to fill out forms stating that you will not hold the company responsible for injuries. You then have to purchase special socks to use on their trampolines for £2 a pair (you can purchase these at the time of booking, but keep in mind the time to receive them). There are lockers to stow their coats, shoes, jumpers, but we went when it was crowded and it was a bit cumbersome; bringing a tote and popping them in there might be preferable. Before going in, children have to watch a safety video, so leave time for that. Tickets are £10.35 off-peak (booked online) or £11.50 on the door. Peak times are £12.60 and £14.00 plus socks if you don’t already have a pair.
This place is a dream for little ones and grownups. There are several zones of play. My kids spent a long time swimming from a giant rope and landing in a pit filled with foam cubes (not easy to get a photo of as it was a bit hidden). They also had great fun doing a running long jump into an enormous, cushy pillow; think of what long jumpers land in and times it by 2. For the grownups there is a cafe to sit in with windows looking onto the entire jumping zone. If your children might prefer you with them, you may go with them and monitor them, but you will not be allowed to play.Tweet