Crank up the local fun factor
Three new entertainment centers in Lorain County provide fun activities
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.
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.”
Aiden Curtis, 8, of Mentor, traverses the rope obstacle course at Play:CLE in Avon.
Owen Coss, 10, of Twinsburg, enjoys playing “The Walking Dead” game at Main Event Entertainment.