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HOT: Rampfest, Braybrook

HOT: Rampfest, Braybrook

Rampfest is an indoor skate park in Braybrook which provides kids and adults with an opportunity to skate, scoot and ride BMX bikes on indoor plywood ramps. It’s a great venue for burning off some steam when the weather is cold or wet!

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We are invited to review Rampfest and our visit is perfectly timed because Baby 2.0 receives a skateboard for Christmas. Rampfest provides beginner group lessons for scooters and skateboarders for kids from 5+ years every Saturday morning 10:30am-12pm.

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The ramps are built within a large warehouse in an industrial area. There is free off-street parking on site.

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At the entrance you’ll find a skate shop, kiosk for drinks and snacks, toilets and picnic tables. Upstairs there is a spectator area where parents can hang out with a coffee and a book.

Baby 2.0 is with one other (more advanced) child when he has his lesson so there’s plenty of one-on-one coaching. The young coach patiently takes him through how to balance, push off and go up and down gentle slopes, and he progresses pretty rapidly thanks to the dedicated attention. Normally beginner coaching sessions are 2 x 45 minutes groups but I think because there are only two children in his class it extends to 90 minutes. At the end of the 90 minutes, the pressure of concentrating his mind and controlling his body means he’s exhausted!

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Lady AB is also offered a group scooter lesson but decides early on that she doesn’t actually like ramps! The coach is very nice about her opting out and she spends most of her session in the outdoor area (one of the ramps is partially under cover) scooting on flat ground and tentatively trying the ramps herself.

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If you don’t have your own scooter, or your scooter is a fold-up one, then you can borrow one of Rampfest’s non-fold-up scooters for free for your lesson. Otherwise scooter hire and helmet hire is $5 each per session.

Rampfest is particularly busy during weekends and school holidays. School holiday workshops and birthday parties must be booked in advance whereas you can just drop into a skate session and the beginner coaching. Note that they alternate between Regular and School Holiday timetable so it’s best to always check what session is on when.

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For other skateboarding and scooting lessons check out Riverslide Skate Park

HOT Tips:

  • Free off-street parking
  • Skate park suitable for kids 5+ years;
  • Toilets;
  • Skate shop and cafe;
  • upstairs spectactor area;
  • Bookings required for school holidays and birthday parties;
  • general sessions and beginner coaching are drop in;
  • Saturday morning (and Wednesday Mornings during School Holiday Periods) 9am-10am are a special session for kids under 10 years of age. The session runs from 9am – 10am, and is fully supervised by coaches. After 10am, you’re welcome to keep riding until 12pm if you like too.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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