Definitely the most surreal venue featured here, Action & Fun is decorated with plastic mountains bedecked with foliage, an improbably large two-metre diameter faux tree, Indian-style towers, a dinosaur fossil puzzle on the ground and LED constellations on the ceiling.
While the above may mystify adults, it’s of no consequence for children who seem to love the space. Action & Fun is probably the most noisy play centre on this list, sounding much like a high school gymnasium at break time on a rainy day. The neighbouring basketball court (50RMB/half court, 100RMB/full court, bookings required) packed with kids practicing their three-point shots, influences our description; but other children run hither and zither across the establishment, letting loose and clearly enjoying themselves. Other attractions are the drop slide, trampoline tree house and imitation hot air balloon that overlooks the basketball court (because Action & Fun needed crazy activities to match its peculiar decorative elements). Perhaps most fun, though less active, are the Xbox One and Wii video games consoles. On our visit, a big crowd of kids were engaged playing games of Kinnect ping-pong and Mario Kart.
For other great play centres, read Time Out Family's roundup of Shanghai's best indoor play areas.