So I took advantage of a work trip to Jakarta to take my nephews to the new Houbii Urban Adventure Park in the wealthy suburb of Pondok Indah (South Jakarta). Let me share with you some of my impressions and pictures of the place.
First, you can’t miss it. Standing on its own besides the popular Pondok Indah Mall and on the main road, the modern warehouse seems to have been purpose-built for this massive adventure park, with ample on-ground parking space on the side.
After climbing a few steps and passing the main glass door, we were welcome by smiling staff standing in the middle of a bright lobby conveniently bringing together ticketing, lockers, shoe racks, retail and toilets (including a few showers). Pop music and yummy pizza smell contributed to put me in the mood for a fun afternoon!
The ticketing process took a bit long as everyone needs to sign an online waiver first (using a self-service computer), rent special grip socks (unless you already has a pair) and wait for bracelets to be printed with your name and play session time (it goes by 2-hour slots). The place is not cheap for Indonesia; I paid over IDR 700,000 (USD 50) for 2 adults and 2 kids.
No turnstile to get in but just a staff member checking on bracelets. Once inside it’s one big open play area with high ceiling and plenty of natural light. The interior is a mix of industrial (wood, steel) and bright pantone colors. It works well. It feels quite sophisticated and definitely fun, well suited for Houbii’s market of wealthy families and expats living in South Jakarta.
Although it calls itself an adventure park it is more of a big trampoline park complemented by adventure attractions such as ropes course, ninja course, foam pit, fun walls and big slide. The most popular attractions with my nephews (3yo and 5yo) were the foam pit (and its diving board), the dodge ball playground and ninja course.
Houbii does a good job at providing game play for kids of all ages although a lot of the areas are not accessible to kids under 110cm. It was good to see kids playing in groups (some of them clearly met on the day) and challenging each other. Regrettably I didn’t see many adults playing with their kids; I guess it is something Indonesian parents are not quite used to yet. But adults seemed to be quite happy seating upstairs in the cool café overlooking the playground, flanked by a seemingly popular party room!