Y’all, it’s officially really HOT out there! With temperatures in the triple digits, we’re doing our best to beat the heat and keep the children active and happy during this summer break. So recently we took our kiddos to check out the relatively new play space in Southwest Austin’s Oak Hill Plaza — Epic Fun. Opened last May by local parents who wanted to provide a place for families and friends to “come together and let loose”, Epic Fun is a bright and spacious (air-conditioned) center that offers a really long list of activities from climbing to mini bowling, a large arcade and even indoor bumper cars. We spent over three hours there with our 8, 10 and 12 year olds. Read on about all that you can do at Epic Fun…
When heading in on an early Monday, we immediately appreciated Epic Fun’s newness — clean, colorful and airy. This large indoor play space never felt stuffy or crowded. In fact, despite its large size, you can see from one end to the other, and easily keep track of the kids. (Bonus, there’s comfortable seating for parents and free WiFi.)
When you first walk in, you can choose what type of play package you’d like to purchase. These packages range from $19.95 – $34.95 depending on how many activities you’d like to try, but what we really appreciated was that packages are optional. You can simply choose your attractions individually and pay a la cart — with no admission fee to simply be there. (So if you really just want to take the kids to play mini bowling, for example, you can sit down and kick back for a bit while they play.) We know how much these fees can add up for big families, so it’s great to have many options.
Let’s talk about the attractions…
We we happy to see that there were things at Epic Play that are different from other Austin-area indoor play centers. First of all, the climbing structures are far from your average rock wall. You’ll find three very unique climbing towers (that our kids loved).
There’s also indoor bumper cars called the Epic Spin. Not as big as bumper cars you’d find at an amusement park, this smaller set still lets you gleefully bump into your family members. (We did it several times — with no lines or wait times). Just take note that sometimes your cars will give you a really good spin around! (Might be safer to do this one before you eat.)
While the large arcade area is great, and our kids love to spend lots of time playing games to cash in on those little prize toys, their favorite new-to-them game here is called the Time Freak. Basically, it’s a small room you walk into that has lights all over the walls. When a light illuminates, you tap it for points. The room is divided into a red and green side, where players can compete for bragging rights about which side got the most points.
Also noteworthy in the arcade area, you’ll find the Sky Trails where you can put on a harness and walk around platforms above the arcade. There’s plenty of staff there to assist, including someone up there off the ground with the participating kids.
Always fans of bowling, our children enjoy a few rounds of mini bowling in which the balls and pins are much smaller and the lanes are shorter. The lightweight balls make it easy for younger kids to enjoy along with their older siblings.
Last but not least, there’s the Epic Fun Factory. This is an indoor playscape that kids can climb around in, shoot balls in the “factory”, go down slides and such. The youngest in our group could have lasted a long, long time in here challenging his brothers to endless games of tag. This is a great spot for the littles in your family, but certainly big enough for any child (or even adult) to climb around.
Finally, we sat down for a meal in the cafe. Kids dined on quesadillas and min corn dogs, and we were happy to see a nice variety of items on the menu — from morning options like cinnamon buns and tea to lunch, dinner and snacks such as pizza, hummus & veggies, salads, burgers, and even wine and beer for moms and dads! Take note that on Fridays, kids eat free with the purchase of an adventure package! And they have some fun events coming up geared towards parents such as sparkling wine night.
Overall, we have to say that we honestly did have some “epic fun” at this new play center. We have been to many of the indoor bouncy trampoline spots, the local arcades, the big, giant chain facilities, and we appreciated how this place was super clean, had a relaxed vibe, was family-owned, had plenty of things to do, and was something new that offers up a place for good times on our unpleasant (i.e. HOT) weather days.
Of course, there are plenty of specials that you should read about before you go. Visit their website about discounts, hours, etc. Naturally, this is a prime destination for parties, too. On their website you can read about their birthday and corporate party packages. Be sure to give them a “like” on Facebook to keep up with all of their special events such as their End of Summer Bash coming up on August 15.
If you head over there, tell them Do512 Family sent you, and then let us know what you think! Feel free to drop your thoughts into the comments below.