Amusement for all ages at Prairie Jurassic Family Fun Centre
You have to see it to believe it.
From the giant animatronic T-Rex that greets you as you walk in the door to the fog machines and wall murals, Troy Burke perfected every detail when he opened Prairie Jurassic Family Fun Centre — finally bringing eight long years of planning to life. The idea first materialized when Burke’s children started to get older and found there was no space in the city designed specifically for older kids to get out and have fun.
Though Prairie Jurassic caters to the preteen and young adult crowd, it’s not unusual for adults to get just as excited about the games as the kids do, Burke says.
“We all need to get lost sometimes and kind of put our lives on hold and entertain our inner child,” he said. “I had a stagette come in here and they brought their dresses and they were going through (the laser maze) with their dresses on — it was a blast.”
Boasting attractions like black light dodge ball, a laser maze, archery tag, laser tag in a glow-inthe-dark room reminiscent of the crumbling buildings of Jurassic Park 2 — which Burke said is one of only two laser tag arenas in North America that incorporates animatronic elements into the game — and an arcade featuring a number of top-tier two person games not readily found in other arcades.
With a birthday room, complete with a pizza warmer, it’s the perfect place to book a party. Though you don’t need to bring a group to get in on the group combat games like laser tag — just tell them you want to play and they will find you a place in a large, lively game.
But even with such a one-ofa-kind space Burke is eager to continue expanding. Around the end of September people can look forward to the newest combat game: Bazooka Blast — which is similar to laser tag but instead of lasers, players shoot foam balls from guns powered by compressed gas.
But, that’s only the beginning. Burke also has plans for a second level to add more playing space and also wants to create an attraction that better incorporates his two animatronic dinosaur suits.
“I’ve got a few other attractions that I’ll be looking at as time goes on — but we got to get some bling in the bank first,” he finished with a laugh.
PRAIRIE JURASSIC FAMILY FUN CENTRE
Owner: Troy Burke
Address: 618 Cynthia Street Website: www.prairiejurassic.ca Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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A longtime hobby has morphed into the perfect business opportunity for Slade Sillers — who officially opens the doors to his new motorcycle repair shop Slade’s Cycle today.
Sillers grew up around motorcycles and quickly became “obsessed” with them thanks to his dad and uncle who both rode. He received his first bike at only three years old and the skill of learning how to fix them wasn’t far behind.
“I always had to fix my own bikes because I couldn’t afford to pay someone to do it,” he said. “And then I just ended up fixing everybody else’s bikes and it just kind of evolved from there.”
Working out of his home was a great way to start out, but the double car garage simply became too tight as more people started bringing their bikes for repairs. So, when his friend — and local tattoo artist — Katja Heinze pitched him the idea of sharing a business space he knew it was the perfect opportunity to expand — and give his neighbours some much needed peace and quiet, he said laughing.
Working on older bikes are some of his favourite projects, but he enjoys fixing any make or model regardless of age and says anything from general service work to metal fabrication is no problem in his shop.
Sillers says his favourite part of being in the new space is the relaxed, stress free atmosphere that has friends and strangers alike wandering inside to chat and hangout while he works.
“I had friends who would come and go when I was working out of my garage, but the interest has just been outstanding here,” he said. “At first I was kind of unsure that I would be able to make a go of it but it’s already looking promising for next year. I have a couple builds lined up over the winter so it’s already looking busy.”
Owner: Slade Sillers
Address: 1909 11th Street West Hours: Drop in or call to make an appointment — set hours expected to begin in the new year Phone: 306-361-1995 Check Instagram Erin Petrow is a reporter at The StarPhoenix. If you have started, expanded or moved a small business in Saskatoon within the last few months, contact her at epetrow@ postmedia.com. Twitter.com/petr0w
Troy Burke is the owner of Prairie Jurassic Family Fun Centre, which offers games like laser tag, black light dodge ball, a laser maze and a variety of arcade games.
Longtime motorcycle rider, mechanic and overall enthusiast Slade Sillers’s new shop Slade’s Cycle offers his expertise on everything from general service work to metal fabrication.