SOMETHING new will always be bright in the eyes of the market.
Speaking of new, another cutting-edge concept just jumped in Davao City, offering Dabawenyos one more reason to be fun and happy, the Hyperbola Ball Pit-Café.
Opening its door on Thursday, April 20, the trendy establishment will let one plunge into a sea of a hundred thousand, 150,000 to be exact, calming white balls playground-designed to promote the transformative and therapeutic power of play.
“We are very excited to introduce this concept to the Davao market inspired by Pearlfisher, a United Kingdom-based creative design and branding agency. They already grant us the permission to recreate the ‘Jump In’ concept,” Diane Marie Aguirre Antesa said in a recent interview with SunStar Davao.
Located at 1029-B, Emilio Jacinto Extension, Davao City (near Central Bank of the Philippines and fronting Immanuel Baptist Church), the pit is 36 square meters, filled with waist-high level sea of a hundred thousand white balls. The ball pit can accommodate a maximum of 40 players at once.
“However, to give each player the chance to enjoy a wider playing space, we will allow only twenty players per regular time slot,” she said.
For only P300 (on weekdays) and P325 (on weekends), one can already enjoy an hour of play time, plus a complimentary drink and fresh socks.
While most see playing only for children, the pit welcomes players in their 20’s, 30’s up to 80’s to enjoy what they offer.
“Hyperbola is open to kids and kids-at-heart ages 12 and above. Children below 12 with a minimum height of 4 feet and 5 inches will also be allowed to play in the pit,” Antesa said.
Inspired by the mission, vision of the original creators, Antesa shared, Hyperbola Davao shall donate a portion of the play fee to charities. She said they have chosen House of Hope in Davao City and Campus Evangelization group in Marbel, South Cotabato.
For those who want to exclusively book the place, the pit is also open for accommodating any special event such as birthday parties, team buildings, fan meetings, proposals, launches, and other get-together activities.
To keep the place well-sanitized, Hyperbola requires every player to use fresh socks which will be given free. Hand sanitizers will also be provided at the entry point.
“The balls will be cleaned on a regular basis and will be disinfected using Ultra Violet lights,” she explained.
More than the white calming balls, the place also features a café in the mezzanine floor for customers after or before playing to dine and/or have refreshments. It has coffee, pastries and more.
Conscious that new concepts are widely accepted in the beginning but mostly ignored in the long run, Antesa said, every now and then, they will offer new features of the ball pit, giving people enough reason to keep on coming back to the happy place that is Hyperbola.
The Hyperbola Ball Pit-Café is open every 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Mondays to Fridays) and 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays) while its café hours is at 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Mondays to Sundays).
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Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on April 17, 2017.
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