A much overlooked aspect in a kid’s development today is the importance of play.
Particularly in our society, where there is a strong emphasis on academic achievement, play is largely considered a waste of time and many parents prefer their children to put that time to better use by poring over books and gaining knowledge to get ahead in school.
Little do overzealous parents realise, play is essential to a child’s development and contributes to his cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being.
When kids play, they engage and interact with the world around them from a very early age. And when they are allowed self-directed play, they learn the most invaluable aspect of life – street smarts which is sorely lacking among today’s generation.
In self-driven play, kids learn to make their very own decisions. Being able to move along at their own pace is also an important aspect, as well as finding their areas of interest and fully engaging in their passion. This the real learning!
People learn in moments of joy, playtime presents a good opportunity to build a stronger familial bond by presenting an ideal opportunity for parents and children to engage with each other.
Lose yourself in childhood
To reintroduce the concept of play in view of its importance in the lives of children and the family as a whole, Escape – an outdoor theme park located on the sunny island of Penang, offers fun activities that emphasises self-directed and self-powered play.
Located in Teluk Bahang, Escape reintroduces the values and play of yesteryear in “low tech, high fun” experiences that boosts an injection of reality to a world that has become obsessed with an isolation-inducing electronic lifestyle.
Even adults who feel left out on their outdoor childhood experiences can discover the joys the adventures awaiting them at Escape. These experiences just encourage you, as visitors, to absorb its messages and come with your own conclusions through your own deliberations and self-determination.
As it comprises attractions for all ages, Escape is perfect for any and all occasions. It integrates thought-provoking ideas and philosophies with fun activities to increase opportunity for positive reinforcement.
Most importantly, families can bond over thrilling activities with their children for family time. For those looking for an outing with a difference with friends, this is also perfect for a group outing. The theme park is also perfect to build camaraderie and morale among colleagues.
It is also an exciting attraction for tourists, both local and foreign making a trip to sunny Penang island, apart from the usual food trail.
Some attractions and activities include Monkey Business, which features rope courses and obstacle ziplines of different levels through the surrounding trees and greenery. Meanwhile, Tubby Racer gives an exciting 450m long tubby ride from the hilltop down through the hillside slope and trees.
Join the circus, or get a feel of it when you go on Aerobat – a flying trapeze where kids and adults can learn to fly and catch like circus acrobats.
If you’re all about adrenaline rushes, Flying Lemur features Escape’s longest and highest zipline spanning over 150m across that give guests a bird’s eye view of the park. Challenge each other on the Coco Climb, featuring a coconut tree where guests can climb to the top to stand a chance for a free drink.
If you’re in for a splashing good time, the signature water slides, Banana Flip launches you off a near-vertical chute down the water slide, which curves upwards at the end, sending guests airborne and across into the landing pool.
Face your fear of heights or get your heart racing at Atan’s Jump, a diving tower with 1m and 3m springboards, as well as 5m, 8m and 10m platforms. It also hosts daily diving contests and an international high dive show.
For kids, the AquaKids Academy is a 20m long water obstacle course like on the TV show Wipeout. It promises a thrilling experience to remember for the little ones.
Another attraction for adrenaline junkies is the Super Looper – a tube slide starting where riders launch off a near-vertical chute down and upwards into a loop before reaching the end.
To add on to the amazing line-up of attractions, Escape is currently installing, what will be the world’s longest water slide. It starts on a hilltop 70m high and channels riders down through the trees and forest and possibly, monkeys, towards the water park side at the other end.
The ride takes about four minutes from top to bottom and will be 1,111m long when completed – now that’s the ultimate rush.
Recently Escape’s theme park developer and operator Sim Leisure Group has signed on to build a 35,000 sq ft (3,251.6 sq m) indoor recreational centre in Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya.
The new indoor theme park is due to complete by end November 2019, before the peak year-end school holiday season comes around. So what better way to make your kid’s year-end school holidays different, filled with a whole new thrilling experience when you visit Penang.
Also, schools organising school trips can make a day of fun at Escape with the primary school trip end-year deal – where you pay only RM48 per junior kid (from ages 4-12) with lunch included and teachers get in for free.