District 21: Reviewed By Little Daredevils
Whoever designed District 21 seemed to have a lot of fun. For those unfamiliar, District 21 is an apocalypse-themed indoor activity park in iOi City Mall in Putrajaya which was opened late last year. Its bent steel, exposed pipes, industrial waste strewn about to mimic an alien/monster attack–including an upturned school bus–makes quite an impression.
When it comes to the attractions, don’t expect to be whisked away on joy rides while you sit back and enjoy the thrill. District 21 is all about active amusement. So with that in mind, on a particularly loooong school holiday, the kids and I set out for an adventure on a Friday. Lucky for us, the place wasn’t full. There were no queues nor limitations to how often the kids could repeat activities.
Here’s a review of some of the attractions by my 3 energetic under 8’s.
Cast of Characters
J: A 7-year-old boy, a competent biker, keen on anything on wheels, willing to try something new for a thrill.
I: A petite and agile 6-year-old girl, athletic and tireless, unafraid to scale heights.
S: A tough-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside 4-year-old who prefers dolls and flowers to scooters and sports shoes.
At The Entrance
J: These free socks and mittens are super cool and sticky!
I: Why is it called District 21 & why does it look old and rusty?
S: (Upon seeing a snake-like alien head popping out of the ceiling) I don’t want to go in, Mommy.
J: That bus was fun to climb. I wish it was bigger so we could go even higher up.
I: The small maze is easy. This big maze is AWESOME and we found our way out by ourselves.
S: I like both. The big maze is a bit hard. I almost fell in the hole. But I didn’t. There’s a fun, crazy slide too.
J: I loved it! And it was easy to drive. But it’s so much funner when there’s someone else to race with.
I: I tried it once. It’s ok. Kinda boring going in circles. The ropes and climbing’s much better.
S: The lady helped me and she had to push me a little bit because my arms were short a little bit. But it’s okay because I could drive around a little bit.
J: It’s for babies and small kids. I’m going to do the bike track. Bye!
I: I really like the bridge and the flying fox (zip line). I just had to go on tippy toes to push my rope forward. But I did the whole thing 4 times!
S: I was scared and I cried a little at first because it’s hard a little bit but I did it! I did it more times than 4–I did it like 1 million hundred times, Mommy. It’s my favorite!
J: So much cooler than the wall climbing in school! I did it all and it was really scary going up the building towers but I did it! And it was awesome jumping off it.
I: My favorite!!! I climbed everything except for the top of the tower because I couldn’t climb higher. I think I was too light. I was not scared at all.
S: That’s only for grown ups. I’m too small. I’m going to the jump place now (trampolines).
Aside from these attractions, J tried the Free Fall which tries to mimic that “leap of faith” parachute jump out of an airplane (“I thought I was going to die, Mommy.”) and all 3 went down the Tubby Ride (with the little one firmly held in place by Mommy) several times till they tired of pulling their tubby rides up the ramp. The carousel cost an extra RM5 but the girls did it anyway just as a “cool down” from all the active play.
The Grown-up Says: If you have active, adventurous kids, this is worth it. It’s an Extreme Playground where young and older kids (who can enjoy even more attractions than those listed above) can spend an afternoon. They are harnessed, supervised and put in safety gear when necessary so you can sit back at the snack bar and stare out the big picture windows onto some of Putrajaya’s greenery.
Or, as in my case, dive in and join in the fun!
AT-6, IOI City Mall,
Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City,
Written by Marite Irvine
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