Review of The Big Box – one of Calgary’s newest indoor play centres. All you need to know before you go. Photo and video reviews.
Address: 922 64th Ave NE #120
Parking: There is parking at the front and the back of the facility
Gordie’s Review (9 years old) – “I liked the giant lego blocks, and the tube slide, that was fun.”
Nicky’s Review (6 years old)– “I liked the games, the building blocks and the slides”.
Robbie’s Review (3.5 years old) – “I liked the ducks and the balls” [the prizes from a couple of the arcade games]
Cost: Weekdays: (1-3 years) – $6.99, (4-14) – $12.99, (14+) – $14.99
Weekends: (1-3 years) – $9.99, (4-14) – $14.99, (14+) – $17.99.
Free for under 1 and parents/guardians get free admission with their kids
The also offer combo packages.
Age Range: Leisure Lagoon – 0-14 years, Additional activities all ages.
Footwear: Leisure Lagoon participants must wear grip socks. Socks from other facilities are accepted. Socks available for purchase.
Safety Features/Concerns: Families receive bracelets with matching numbers after check-in. Numbers are checked by staff at the gate on exit.
Play Area Features: Indoor Playground, Inflatable Space
Additional Cost features – Virtual Reality, Aerial Rope Course, Arcade, Happy Bumper, Digital Arts (Coming soon) & HADO (Coming soon).
Additional Services: Birthday parties.
Food Services: concession with pizza, snack and beverages.
- You must fill out a waiver before entering the Leisure Lagoon (you can now do this online before you get there)
- Grip socks are required
- Bring a water bottle – there is a fountain but it is outside of the Leisure Lagoon space
- There are cubbies but no lockers so you may want to leave valuables in your car
- If you have multiple younger children, you will probably find it difficult to keep visual track of them at all times
The inflatable beach is huge,
with features for little kids,
and for big kids.
One of the most unusual features was actually a building area. There are both larger and smaller bricks where kids can build and create with loose parts.
All my kids loved this spot.
The toddler area is composed of two parts. The first is an enclosed area filled with balls and a little play house. My 3 year old loved playing construction by filling up the plastic dump trucks with balls.
The second component is this little behive climber. It seemed pretty popular with the really little kids and the set up generally kept big kids out.
The climber is on the opposite side from the inflatable beach and is also quite large. There are tons of climbing features,
lots of standard slides and tunnels as well as some really interesting features.
My kids really enjoyed the ball blaster area,
even though the balls really just go to the central area.
The centerpiece is a net climber that kids can climb up inside with a ball area underneath.
Off to one side is a wide slide area that wasn’t open yet when we visited.
There were also some larger balls and activity panels.
The tall triple slide dumped into this area as well.
One of the coolest slides was this tube slide. There were small tubes and bigger tubes where you could slide down with your kids.
It must have been fun because hauling the tubes up the stairs seemed like a lot of effort.
The climbing ramp was also pretty cool. You try to run as high up the ramp as you can and then slide down.
In the centre area there is some seating and this really popular spinner.
Other Big Box Features
The other features can all be accessed without paying for admission to the leisure lagoon and are not included in the leisure lagoon admission price.
The arcade has a mix of redemption and arcade games, a couple of toddler ride/games and claw games where you are guaranteed to win.
On-The-Fly – Indoor Aerial rope course
Aimed at teenagers and young adults. Kids 7-12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Virtual reality gaming
First ever sport based Augmented Reality (was not yet running on our visit).
Electric bumper cars – was not yet running on our visit.
Also coming soon – Scribble Box – interactive digital art.
My kids all had a great time at The Big Box and can’t wait to go back. The facility can easily cater to a wide variety of ages from really little kids to big kids and entertainment for hours.
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