Cabin Fever opens in downtown Cambridge
CAMBRIDGE — A new business opened in downtown Cambridge and it is offering families and kids a safe and fun place to enjoy.
The Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, July 6, to open Cabin Fever Play Center at 442 Race Street.
The building, which was constructed with small children in mind can hold more 200 people and filed with activities that kids can enjoy like ball pits, slides and jungle gyms.
For Jessica and Richard LaPerch, opening day was a dreamlike experience for them after seven months of work.
“It’s surreal. We literally live here and were getting this ready and working day and night for about 3 months,” Richard LaPerch said. “Everything came together in the last three months, and we were hoping for a halfway decent turnout. The response that we’ve gotten from people to come in has been overwhelming.”
“It’s pretty cool because it started off as a crazy idea — my crazy idea — because I was a stay at-home-mom,” Jessica LaPerch said. “I was trying to find something for our kids to do around here so it took me a while to get him on board but once he did, it was great. There’s such a need for Kid Friendly activities here and we wanted to bring it to downtown.”
In the seven months they needed to build the center, they spent days waking up early in the morning to get the project done from getting the material for the building and renovating the building, but both Jessica and Richard said, they got help from the community.
One member of the community that help them out during the building process was Kevin Hill, owner of Hill-Himmel contracting. Hill helped to restore the building and said that there are more plans for the city to restore old buildings back to their glory.
“Yes, there are plans to renovate more buildings in the city,” he said. “In fact, the building adjacent to Cabin Fever has plans to go through redevelopment and if you go around the corner, the tenant spaces are going to be redeveloped and redefined for potential use.”
Dorchester Chamber of Commerce President Bill Christopher said the owners repurposed the old Salvation Army building that burn down about five years ago.
“Most of these building that have been historically around for a long time and have really nice architecture that’s associated with them,” he said. “Reusing them is significantly better than tearing them down and rebuilding them anew.”
Christopher said it is beneficial to the county that they renew and renovate old buildings as it save money and is more aesthetically pleasing to residences and visitors of Cambridge.
For more information, you can contact the Cabin Fever at 410-228-2122 or at their website at cabinfeverplaycenter.com
Children take a ride down the slide at Cabin Fever in downtown Cambridge Friday, July 6.
Cabin Fever owners Jessica and Richard LaPerch, left, cut the ribbon to open the new downtown Cambridge play center Friday, July 6.