Crank up the lo­cal fun fac­tor

Three new en­ter­tain­ment cen­ters in Lo­rain County pro­vide fun ac­tiv­i­ties

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Zachary Sr­nis Zs­r­nis@morn­ingjour­nal.com @MJ_ZachSr­nis on Twit­ter

Three new venues have opened up in Lo­rain County in the past year for any­one who is look­ing for fam­ily-ap­pro­pri­ate ad­ven­ture and bore­dom ban­ish­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­doors.

Michael Nowoslawski, mar­ket­ing and event man­ager of Play:CLE, 38525 Ch­ester Road in Avon, said the busi­ness of­fers the largest in­door ad­ven­ture park in the coun­try.

“Our whole thing is the ad­ven­ture sports and how our fa­cil­ity, at 26,000 square feet, is the largest of its kind,” Nowoslawski said. “We are kind of pioneer­ing this type of a fa­cil­ity but the com­mu­nity has been very re­spon­sive and un­der­stand what we are all about.”

Nowoslawski said the fa­cil­ity has a com­plete range of ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We have two ninja cour­ses, ropes, rock climb­ing and a zi­pline,” he said. “It’s pretty much all en­com­pass­ing. It’s ba­si­cally a fun fit­ness brand that we pro­mote and of­fer to all who come in.”

“There is def­i­nitely a need for peo­ple who want to do some of these more ex­treme fit­ness-based ac­tiv­i­ties.”

— Michael Nowoslawski, mar­ket­ing and event man­ager of Play:CLE, Avon

Nowoslawski said the busi­ness has done very well since open­ing day Dec. 2 of last year.

“It’s been great,” he said. “There is def­i­nitely a need for peo­ple who want to do some of these more ex­treme fit­ness-based ac­tiv­i­ties.

“It also helps that we are in­door and pro­vide some­thing for peo­ple when the weather isn’t the best. Avon has also been a great spot for us.

“Peo­ple are con­stantly com­ing in and re­turn­ing. We needed a build­ing with the 40-foot ceil­ings and we’re thank­ful to have the lo­ca­tion right off of the high­way (In­ter­state 90 and state Route 2).”

Nowoslawski said the fa­cil­ity has what­ever an ad­ven­ture en­thu­si­ast is look­ing for.

“We have the rock walls that go up to 30 feet,” he said. “We have dif­fer­ent kinds of walls such as one that is see-through and al­lows you to see the per­son you are rac­ing to the top.

“We also have the ninja cour­ses that are ba­si­cally the world’s most dif­fi­cult ob­sta­cle course. We also have var­i­ous ropes cour­ses above that of­fer var­i­ous dif­fer­ent ob­sta­cle that you have to step on.

“We also have the fa­mous warped wall which is a large ramp you run up and scale. We also pro­mote our all day pass for $40. We will run that pro­mo­tion un­til La­bor Day, so stop by for a great value.”

De­spite all the fun that can be had, Nowoslawski stressed the im­por­tance of safety.

“We make sure peo­ple are har­nessed when sus­pended,” he said. “We are safety first and then fun. We have plenty of work­ers man­ning the dif­fer­ent ar­eas and mak­ing sure ev­ery is safe.

“We have plenty of ares padded as well.”

Just down the road, Main Event En­ter­tain­ment, 35605 Ch­ester Road in Avon, is a new ar­cade, bowl­ing and laser tag, ropes course and din­ing cen­ter that re­cently opened its doors.

“We opened June 15 and have got­ten a good amount of peo­ple show­ing up de­spite it be­ing the sum­mer­time,” said Den­nis Fis­cher, gen­eral man­ager of the Avon Main Event. “The ba­sic con­cept is that we are a 50,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity that of­fers fam­ily-fo­cused en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing 120 ar­cades, 22 bowl­ing al­leys an in­door ropes course, bil­liards and plenty of din­ing space with mul­ti­ple TVs.”

Fis­cher said Avon has been a great lo­ca­tion for the busi­ness.

“There is a real boom in the city, and I’m happy to be a part of it,” he said. “It is a great lo­ca­tion off of In­ter­state 90 and have got­ten plenty of peo­ple from west Cuya­hoga County. The com­mu­nity has re­ally re­sponded to what we have here, and I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to come and check us out.

“We also of­fer our spe­cial Sum­mer Fun­pass that al­lows all day un­lim­ited ac­cess to all our ac­tiv­i­ties for $18.95 Sun­day through Fri­day.”

Fis­cher said Main Event also is a great place to catch the big sport­ing events on the big screens.

“We have TVs com­plete with NFL League Pass,” he said. “We will have the Cleve­land Cava­liers, In­di­ans and Browns on all the time.

“Par­ent can watch the games while the kids play. It re­ally of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one.”

And just a few miles south of Avon, is Al­ti­tude Tram­po­line Park, 110 Mar­ket Drive in Elyria.

“Every­thing has been great since our open­ing last Nov. 22,” said Brad Mabry, owner of the in­door tram­po­line park. “The com­mu­nity has re­ally wel­comed us

MAIN EVENT EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

Ad­dress: 35605 Ch­ester Road, Avon Hours: 10 a.m. to mid­night Mon­day through Thurs­day; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fri­day; 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Satur­day; 11 a.m. to mid­night Sun­day

Cost: Varies, de­pend­ing on ac­tiv­i­ties. Web­site: www.main­event. com Phone num­ber: 440-3980611 Face­book: www.face­book. com/MyMainEvent

with open arms. We have had a ton of peo­ple come and come back.

“We had a very busy win­ter, but I’m sur­prised by how many we have got­ten this sum­mer. Peo­ple re­ally love the prod­uct and I’m glad the park pro­vides that lo­ca­tion for them.”

Mabry said Al­ti­tude Tram­po­line Park pro­vides a safe, cli­mate-con­trolled ac­tiv­ity.

“We have a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent tram­po­line sta­tions that are built with safety

AL­TI­TUDE TRAM­PO­LINE PARK

Ad­dress: 110 Mar­ket Drive, Elyria Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon­day through Thurs­day; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri­day; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Satur­day; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun­day Cost: $12.95 for a one-hour pass; $20.95 for a two-hour pass Web­site: www.al­ti­tudeelyria.com Phone num­ber: 440-2819999

Face­book: www.face­book. com/al­ti­tudeelyria

in mind, and are prop­erly padded to make sure fun doesn’t com­pro­mise safety,” he said. “We also have dif­fer­ent sta­tions like the jump pads, bal­ance beam, dodgeball ar­eas and more.”

Mabry said the park also has great con­ces­sions.

“We of­fer pizza from Loco Pie Pizza in Elyria as well as dif­fer­ent ice cream fla­vors, icees pret­zels and more,” he said. “We’ve hosted mul­ti­ple grad­u­a­tion par­ties, birth­day par­ties, of­fice meet­ings, you name it. It’s the per­fect place to con­sider for your next gath­er­ing.

PLAY:CLE

Ad­dress: 38525 Ch­ester Road, Avon Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tues­day through Fri­day; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Satur­day; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun­day; closed Mon­day

Cost: A two-hour pass is $20 for those un­der 18 and over 65, and $25 for adults. A three-hour pass is $27.50 for those un­der 18 and over 65, and $32.50 for adults. A four-hour pass is $35 for those un­der 18 and over 65, and $45 for adults. Play:CLE also of­fers fam­ily rates for two adults and two kids ($80, $110 and $135), as well as monthly and an­nual passes. Web­site: www.play­cle.com Phone num­ber: 440-6953565 Face­book: www.face­book. com/play­cle

“We also have a spe­cial of­fer of $20.95 for all day jump­ing and a free T-shirt. We have started mak­ing our own brand of Ohio and Lo­rain County pride shirts. It shows how much pride peo­ple have for liv­ing in the area, and I’m very thank­ful for all the lo­cal com­mu­nity has done for the busi­ness.”

ZACH SR­NIS — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Ai­den Cur­tis, 8, of Men­tor, tra­verses the rope ob­sta­cle course at Play:CLE in Avon.

ZACH SR­NIS — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Owen Coss, 10, of Twins­burg, en­joys play­ing “The Walk­ing Dead” game at Main Event En­ter­tain­ment.

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