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Koren Thomas – Epicland, Discovery Bay

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My business partner Karina Aswani and I opened Discoveryland – the city’s largest indoor playground – in DB North Plaza in June 2014. We rebranded as EpicLand in October because ‘epic’ is the experience you get!

EpicLand covers a full 14,000 square-feet. We have the largest indoor slides in the city, an area called The Cage which is filled with obstacles and slides, Hong Kong’s only air-trek obstacle course, four climbing walls, laser tag, trampolining, a multi-purpose sports court, mini golf, a ballistics area where one shoots foam balls at targets, and a toddlers-only soft play zone.

People are always surprised to hear that Karina and I first met just 18 or so months before Discoveryland (as it was then) opened. We were in Uncle Russ in DB Plaza, and we started chatting about the need for this type of adventure centre in DB.

I’m a 20-year DB resident and my daughter Jade, 11, is a Year 8 student at Discovery College. It’s important to me that parents have a good time, as well as kids of all ages. Our laser-tag parties are a huge hit, and in October we opened a laser-maze room called d’laser. EpicLand now also hosts a number of classes: iGym, RugBees, Piloxing, Zumba and Yoga. Older fans can rent the entire venue, and we offer corporate and team-building programmes.

Parents can rest assured that EpicLand takes safety very seriously. At any one time there are 12 supervisors on the floor, all first-aid trained. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. While Karina previously ran a soft play centre in Kowloon, all staff members have relevant experience working in soft play halls, leisure centres, or on cruise ships.

Family passes are available which cut costs for regular visitors. There are three party rooms available for hire, and an Epic Café. Only Ecolab cleaning products are used – they are non-toxic, non-allergenic, mould-free and made from natural ingredients. Karina and I are both mums, so we feel we know what our clients want.

For more information on EpicLand, visit www.epiclandhk.com.

Image by Baljit Gidwani – evoqueportraits.com

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