It only takes a quick glance at the results of any recent wind tunnel competition to make this indelible point: Kids and the “indoor skydiving” wind tunnel go together like peanut butter and jelly. Growing brains and bodies thrive in the 3D environment of the tunnel, building strength, resilience, confidence and teamwork in the most dynamic framework imaginable. That said: As with any truly beneficial undertaking, there are certainly challenges to be overcome. Luckily, these are proportionally few, and we’ve got you covered with some great advice.
Ready to see your tinies learn how to fly? Here are a few of our favorite insider tips to enjoy flying in the tunnel with kids.
Whether you’re 5 or 35, a little mindfulness about the physical state of affairs will put you in a better place to enjoy a tunnel adventure. To that end: If you’re bringing little ones to the windytube, you should make certain that they’re as well-fed and rested as possible. Adults can manage a bit better with less-than-ideal conditions, but for kids (and their caregivers!) to fully enjoy the experience, they need to be in the best possible condition.
Timing is everything. For example: try not to plan your visit for a time frame right before or after a nap. Cranky kids are easily overwhelmed by the tunnel environment.
Here’s an insider tip you’ll be so glad we let you in on: Earplugs are more challenging than they look.
Because a wind tunnel is a high-decibel affair, earplugs are provided for every flyer. It’s painful and unsafe to fly without them, so they’re a non-negotiable element of the experience. Even if your kiddo has used them before, it’s a really good idea to get a bit of earplugging practice in beforehand when the surroundings are low-stress and no-pressure. Here’s what to do: Arrive early for your flight, then ask our staff for a couple of pairs and walking directions to the chillest corner of the facility.
The best way to coax a tentative little flyer out of his shell is to organize a tunnel outing with other kids. The tunnel is a truly impressive thing indeed, and seeing it in its full noisy, whizzy, high-flying glory can be on the scary side of fascinating at first blush. When tentative kids see other kids fly and enjoy themselves, they’re much keener to give it a go themselves. To coax your little athletes into the most satisfying experience, plan a trip with family and friends.
Short on age-matched super buddies? No problem: At Paraclete XP, you can check out kids’ night! We even have a youth league–so a bevy of new friends is never far away.
What are you waiting for? We’re looking forward to meeting your budding baby bird.
My wife and I celebrated our 34th Anniversary by going Indoor Skydiving at ParacleteXP in Raeford, NC. We are in our 60's and this activity was safe, fun, and exciting. Dalton was our flight instructor and we recommend that you ask for him by name: He will guide you and have a great time with you in the wind tunnel.