I’m still saddened by the loss of the water park, but I’m glad they brought back the bowling alley. And I’ll admit, the Ozone trampoline park really impressed me. I’d experienced such a park only once before in West London, and Ozone definitely trumps it. It’s on the fourth floor of the new shopping complex, by the VR gaming rig and the Under the Sea playground.

Ozone occupies a huge space, and what struck me the most was the artwork on the walls. The front end of a 14-seater matatu sticks out of the wall above the reception desk, and up the staircase behind it is a larger matatu, with a flashy paintjob and flashing LED lights. Its interior has also been stripped and converted into a cool seating area. All of the park’s walls are covered in bright and colourful graffiti, of urban landscapes or African-themed artwork.

The management commissioned some very talented artists to do the decorating, and the graffiti transforms the park into a very fun and vibrant space.

My fiancée and I couldn’t resist a go on the trampolines, despite being surrounded by a blur of over-excited children. The price for an hour varies by height — over 110cm is Sh750 off-peak and Sh950 peak, and under 110cm is Sh550 off-peak and Sh750 peak. We also paid Sh200 for a pair of special trampolining socks each, which we got to keep.

The park is divided into different sections, including a dodge ball court, ‘slam dunk’ trampolines, rock climbing walls, foam pits, a ninja course and a parlour wall. There’s also the ‘Ozone Hangout’ — an elevated seating area with pool tables and a cafe, ideal for parents to keep an eye on their bouncing children.

So it’s not quite the Village Market that I’m familiar with, but it’s a version that I’ll certainly have a lot of fun getting used to.

 

Jan Fox is a Director at iDC. E-mail: [email protected]

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