Fear is a form of entertainment, especially when it is conquered. Discover a safe way to do extreme sports
Written by Erika Coronel
Photographed by Mark Jacob of Studio 100
TOTAL ADRENALINE RUSH WITH THE FAMILY. This is what you get when you choose to bond at SandBox. SandBox is an expansive “playground” which houses heart-thumping thrills that leave your mouth dry. But, don’t back out just yet. Although it features extreme sports and activities, SandBox is friendly to newbies and the curious alike.
Free Fall (P100)
The instructions are simple. Step—not jump—off the platform. Then drop down 5 storeys! Experience the thrill of falling, along with the fleeting sensation of panic welling up in your chest. But, fear not. The trip down lasts about three seconds, after which a pair of hands grabs your legs for that extra precaution to prevent you from hitting the ground.
Rappel Wall (P50)
If you can walk backwards, rest the pad of your feet on the ledge, bend your knees and then lean back into an imaginary seat which is really nothing but a five-storey fall, then you can proceed to walking down a wall…all snugly strapped into a harness, of course.
Climbing Wall (P50)
For experienced climbers, this wall is only a warm-up. For greenhorns, the journey to the top will test stamina, will power and ability to conquer the fear of heights.
Avatar One (P150)
This takes pride in being the first roller coaster zipline in the Philippines. Although it was closed during our visit, it is quite exciting to think of a zipline ride that zigs and zags.
Giant Swing (P100)
I can’t think of anyone who hates playground swings. But, what about gigantic ones that hoist you 10 meters above the ground? You may want to skip this if you get easily nauseous.
Aerial Walk (P150)
This obstacle course is off the ground. It offers a true workout for the mind, body and nerves. It requires coordination and stamina to get through nets, rope walkways and a zip line.
If your children are too young (or scared) to enjoy activities, there is a play area for them to safely run around in.
There are staff members present in each activity to ensure safety and, more often than not, patiently provide much needed encouragement to those weak in the knees.
The staff ensures that harnesses are snug and secure and that safety gear (helmets and gloves) are used accordingly.
There is a food stall that sells various drinks and food
What to Bring
• Sun block
• Rubber shoes (some activities require this type of footwear)
• Anti-mosquito spray
Sandbox is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 9AM to 5PM; it is located at Porac Access Rd, Porac, Pampanga; visit <alviera.ph; like <facebook.com/AlvieraPH>; follow on Instagram and Twitter @alvieraph