Indoor Insanity: Moore Becomes a Family Destination for Indoor FunJan 03, 2019
Some people see an empty large-box retail space. Michael Browning, Jr. and his father, Michael Browning, Sr., saw a space that could be transformed into something so magical that it would actually cause kids to put down their smart phones and join their parents for hours of adventure. The Browning’s dream led to the opening of the first Urban Air Adventure Park 8 years ago in Southlake, Texas. Carolyn McLean, Urban Air’s public relations specialist, said families in Moore are in for something really special.
“Families are looking to spend active time together,” said McLean, “And what they’ll find at Urban Air is an unbelievable number of opportunities to get the kiddos away from their screens and into some play time.”
The Moore Urban Air location, which will be located in the 78,127-square-foot Riverwalk Centre space formerly occupied by Gordmans, will be one of the largest in the country. Among the features families will find waiting to be explored, the company’s extremely popular Sky Rider, a zipline-style ride which allows riders to safely soar above all the rest of the Urban Air attractions as they fly through the entire facility. Also coming to Moore’s location is the newest Urban Air attraction, a two-story Go-kart course with 180-degree curves and controlled Kart speeds up to 40 mph.
“The karts can really move,” said McLean, “And the two-story layout makes the course so much fun for the riders.”
Other attractions to be found in Moore’s Urban Air Adventure park include:
- Virtual Reality: kids and adults can strap on a headset and battle robots, dragons, or just have a virtual snowball fight.
- Adventure Hub: which includes the Sky Rider, Ropes Course, and Tubes Indoor Playground.
- Ropes Course: work your way through 10 gravity-defying obstacles that will test your balance and agility.
- Climbing Walls: a challenging way to build muscles and hone your skills while safely harnessed.
- Spin Zone Bumper Cars: a chance to trade paint with friends and family, perfect for kids and adults.
- ProZone Performance Trampolines: there’s no better way to experience weightlessness short of becoming an astronaut…including an elevated platform where you can see how high you can make it back up the wall.
- Tubes Playground: is it a playground or an obstacle course? You’ll need to decide as you climb and crawl through in a race against time.
- Warrior Course: for fans of television shows like “American Ninja Warrior” this attraction will be heaven. You can test your balance and strength against your friends and become the last Warrior standing.
- Battle Beam: picture a balance beam over a pit filled with cushy foam blocks where you battle your opponent with a foam sword.
- Wipeout: a cushioned bar swings around a closed area trying to knock you off your feet. The mission: be the last person standing.
- Climbing Hill: climb a mini-mountain and then reward yourself with a slide back to the bottom. Rinse and repeat. Again and again and again.
- APEX Trampolines: a cushioned trampoline area where everyone can soar.
- DropZone: practice your flips, spins, and other acrobatics with the confidence that you’ll land on a giant, inflatable air bag.
- Dodgeball: add trampolines to take Dodgeball to the next level. Chuck Norris would be proud of you.
- Runway (Tumble Track): a great place for gymasts, cheerleaders, or aspiring ninjas to safely test their limits and polish their skills.
- Slam Dunk Zone: trampoline powered dunking area turns everyone into Michael Jordan or LeBron James.
McLean said that all of these attractions have been gathered under one roof with one primary goal in mind: active family time.
“So many kids today are spending hours of time on their phones, tablets, or gaming consoles,” said McLean, “The Brownings were really passionate about creating something that would give parents and their kids a chance to have real, physical fun together. That goal is actually Urban Air’s mission.”
Of course, parents may need a break from time-to-time and McLean says they’ll find the perfect place to recharge in Urban Air’s café, which will offer a selection of food times along with beer and wine.
“The café will also have WiFi and a number of television screens so mom and dad can check emails or get a look at the score of the big game,” said McLean.
And of course, there are options for birthday parties, corporate events, and team-building. The Urban Air Adventure park is equipped to handle all of these requests.
“We’re really big on birthday parties,” said McLean. “Kids and parents will have their own private birthday rooms, access to all of the Urban Air attractions, and they’ll also get a visit from Urban Air’s loveable mascot, ‘Urbie’ to help make the celebration extra-special!”
Urban Air landed in Moore thanks to the efforts of Todd Rouse of Dallas-area-based Riverwalk Centre LLC. He and his partner recently purchased the old Gordmans’ space for $5.15 million. Rouse said that his entire team is thrilled to bring this exciting concept to Moore.
“Everybody here remembers Moore from the tornado,” said Rouse. “We had friends that went up to help in the aftermath and everyone came back with stories of how great the community was and how wonderful the people were who lived there.”
Rouse said it was a no-brainer to open their first Oklahoma City-area location in Moore. He adds that city leaders were instrumental in helping bring the concept to town.
“I can’t say enough about how helpful everyone in Moore was,” said Rouse. “We have been tremendously impressed with the entire community and are excited about becoming a part of Moore.”
Moore’s Urban Air Adventure Park will open on Saturday, February 2nd. Admission prices, birthday party rates, and corporate event rates have yet to be announced. Today there are 209 Urban Air parks that are either open or under construction, making the indoor family adventure centers one of the fastest growing franchises in the world.