In Part 1 of this two-part article, we explored several options adventure enthusiasts have to still get their fix during this hazy season – by going indoors.
The rationale is that air-conditioned venues have air filters in their ventilation systems, and thus provide some protection for our lungs, throats and eyes.
Here are more options.
Jumping around on trampolines on all kinds, is a much harder workout than it looks.
If you ever wanted to be a basketball superstar – but lacked the height (or energy) to jump up high to slam dunk balls, there’s nothing like a little springy assistance!
Seksyen 13, Petaling Jaya
Tel: 1800 88 JUMP (5867)
Sunday-Thursday: 10am-9pm; Friday & Saturday: 10am-10pm
If you or your kids feel like bouncing off the walls, this will be a good place to release that energy. JumpStreet is Malaysia’s first indoor trampoline park. Located in Petaling Jaya, tickets are sold hourly, and once you get your wristband you are free to jump into any of the eight available courts.
Try your hand at some NBA-style action at the Slam Dunk, or test out flips and tricks at the Foam Pit. For the little ones, a kids-only court called The Cage is available for safe and squash-free jumping. They also run trampoline-oriented classes such as dodge ball and cheerleading.
Yap Shon Lee, a data scientist who first visited JumpStreet last year, said it was like getting a workout without thinking about exercising; he highly recommends a visit during haze season. Although JumpStreet is housed in a warehouse with giant shutters as entrances, Saiful, one of the Jump Crew, said that they closed down the shutters during the heavier haze days.
Have a need for speed? Want to feel like a Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel without endangering yourself on city roads? Then go-karting may be your cuppa tea.
Tuesday-Thursday: 3pm-11pm; Friday-Sunday: 2pm-midnight; Monday closed
Just opened in May 2015, this is a spanking new indoor go-karting facility in Semenyih.
They have managed to convert a factory building into an indoor go-kart track.
Its “Chief Excitement Officer”, Michael Ang, said that the tight and narrow corners of their indoor track requires 100% concentration from the drivers, as well as deft vehicle handling and sensitive driving skills. The race tracks are redesigned every two months to provide fresh challenges.
All these combined make for a challenging workout. They are also particularly proud of their fully computerised system that records the live timing of every lap you make. These timings will be tracked on a monthly ranking board called Speedking Challenge and there are rewards to be won.
There is no minimum age requirement to be a driver, but participants must have a minimum height of 140cm in order to reach the pedals on the go-kart.
Ang further explained, “Our place does not have air filters in the ventilation, hence we provide face masks for drivers who want them. But every session of go-kart is only 10 minutes, and our drivers spend most of their time waiting and chilling at our air-conditioned waiting area and café. They can also watch the race track through the projector screen in the air-conditioned room.”
If you like running around in a dark maze to “shoot” people with a laser gun, this activity gives a great workout, besides making you think of team strategies.
Berjaya Times Square
Their distinguishing feature is having more than 40 game play options in their 3500 square feet arena. They do not have a minimum age requirement, so long as the participants can fit into their vest.
Their youngest participant to date is four-years old. One 40-year-old father told me that the game made him feel like a five-year old again!
If you thought you were fit because you do lots of running or hiking, wait till you try rock climbing. That’s when you exert muscles that you never knew existed!
1Utama Shopping Centre
Monday-Thursday: 2pm-11pm; Friday-Sunday: 10am-8pm
Conveniently located in 1Utama shopping centre and with an arresting view over the LDP highway, Camp5 is one of the most established climbing gyms in the Klang Valley. They have walls for top roping, leading and bouldering, with a large variety of routes that cater for everyone from beginners all the way to pros.
They also have four routes set up with auto-belay systems, which means you can try out the sport and see if you enjoy it before committing to belaying classes. There are plenty of marshals on patrol ensuring climbers’ safety and sharing climbing tips.
Due to its strategic location, many people come to climb after working hours instead of joining the usual rush hour traffic.
Well it certainly seems more fun to hang off a 20-metre wall and overlook a traffic jam, rather than be part of the jam itself!
Putrajaya Challenge Park Climbing Centre
Monday-Thursday: 10am-10pm; Friday-Saturday: 10am-10pm; Sunday: 10am-8pm
Putrajaya Challenge Park is a sprawling complex that has a large indoor centre for rock climbing. There are walls dedicated to top-roping, bouldering and lead climbing and also a special climbing room with colourful bouldering walls specifically for children.
There are less marshals around here for supervision. So, in the interest of safety, it’s best to visit only if you have some prior climbing experience, or bring along more experienced climbing partners.
The location is rather far for most Klang Valley folk but the prices for climbing here are cheaper. Those looking for classes and instruction can visit Crossmove Adventure, an independent outfit that runs a proshop at the Climbing Centre.
This activates many core muscles while remaining easy on the joints. And there’s the bonus of being in a bright “winter wonderland” (well, sort of) away from the dull, dreary haze.
Sunway Pyramid Ice
03- 7492 6800
Monday-Friday: 9am-8pm; Saturday: 9am-10pm; Sunday: 9am-8.30pm
One of the longest surviving ice-skating rinks in town, Sunway Pyramid Ice remains as popular as ever.
Located right inside the shopping mall, the 39m x 22.5m rink can be viewed from all five levels of the mall; it can be the perfect place to show off your graceful moves if you have them, or to provide comic relief to the shoppers if you do not.
They have a very established skating academy that has produced many local talents, and the rink is popular for hosting skating tournaments and events. This can be a great option for a full day of haze-flexible planning – maximise a clear morning splashing in Sunway Lagoon, then when the afternoon haze rolls in, head indoors and get on the ice!
Icescape Ice Rink
IOI City Mall
The newly opened Icescape Ice Rink claims to be the largest, Olympic-sized skating rink in Malaysia.
The 30m x 60m sized rink is proving to be an attractive platform for introducing international-level skating disciplines to tropical Malaysia such as speed skating and ice hockey. Icescape’s Skating Academy offers skating lessons for beginners up to the level of national competitors.
Penguins to help beginner skaters are available here for rent.
If you have the energy, you can combine a visit here to the indoor District 21 multi-adventure park, which is located on the same floor.