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Entertainment options for all ages at Urban Air

August 23, 2018

When visitors first set foot inside Urban Air Adventure Park they face a sizable challenge — what attraction to go to first.

For five-year-old Alex Capolongo and his younger brother Colton, that was the Virtual Reality video games, before they made a bee-line to the go-kart tracks.

“It was pretty good,” he said. “Actually, we really liked it. We played it two times.”

It’s been a month since the indoor amusement park opened in Orange at 260 Bull Hill Lane, and co-owner Lakshmon Paidi said there has been no sign of slowing down for the town’s newest attraction.

“By the grace of God, we have met our expectations and it should only get busier as we enter the fall and winter season,” he said.

He and partner Veena Choudary opened the 85,000 square-foot facility in mid-July, bringing an experience that children could enjoy alongside their parents.

With kids of his own, Paidi was no stranger to the doldrums of sitting on the sidelines while his sons ran around and played at similar venues. That was a point he hoped to address with the attraction.

“We noticed that across the board with the places we went to. The kids were having tremendous amounts of fun, but the parents kind of had nothing to do,” he said. “I could clearly see as a parent, and I had the experience of getting bored, that I can’t get out of the place because my kids are having a ridiculously fun time.”

Though there are activities better suited for older guests, there is no lack of options in the indoor amusement park that boasts dozens of attractions under one roof. Urban Air’s list of attractions features go-karts, laser tag, bowling, sky rider indoor coaster, spin zone, bumper cars, and others.

The amusement park hasn’t only been a hit for kids and parents, but young adults, too, which Choudary said was part of the plan.

“The cross-age appeal was important to us, but we wanted to open a place where people could come and hang out as a family for a long time which is what we have accomplished,” she said.

Opening the franchise was a leap from Paidi and Choudary’s backgrounds as pharmacists. Paidi, who is still in practice, also owns pharmacies in the area, but said he was looking for a change.

“I turned 40 two years ago, and I said: ‘This is the time I really want to do what my passion is towards,’ and I definitely wanted to do something I could leave as a legacy to my kids and something my kids can enjoy while they are kids,” he said.

Opening in the middle of summer proved to be successful, according to Paidi, who said they exceeded their desired number of guests for their first month, with more than 10,000 visitors.

As the school year prepares to kick off, he and Choudary project an increase in activity, especially as the fall and winter seasons limit entertainment options.

First-time visitor Rossana Dimaio of Westport said it was worth the trip down the coast, adding that the sheer size of the facility was a shock.

“We’re going to come more often now,” she said.

Urban Air Amusement Park is open seven days a week: Sunday through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Hours of operation will change during the school year.

Jordan.grice@hearstmediact.com

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