Funtastic center

Construction crews lay concrete at the new Funtastic center at 2803 Ave. N, just south of Levander’s Body Shop. The center will include a variety of activities, including trampolines, bounce houses, a toddler play area, a jump pillow and private party rooms.

KEARNEY — A new family entertainment center will soon spell f-u-n for Kearney.

Funtastic, an 8,000-square-foot family-owned and operated activity center, will open in November at 2803 Ave. N near Levander’s Body Shop.

“We’re focusing on activities to keep kids healthy. We have a variety of different things for the kids to do in the facility,” Karen Brecht, co-owner with her husband, Alan, said. “Our big thing is to keep kids active instead of sitting at home, watching TV and playing video games.”

The Funtastic activities include a trampoline, bounce houses, a jump pillow, a toddler play area, three private party rooms to rent, a concession stand, and a dining and sit-down area. Parents will be required to be in attendance at the center.

“The things that we’re going to be offering are things that aren’t in Kearney already,” Karen said.

The facility is meant to be geared toward children ages 12 and younger. The Brechts also plan to offer a teen night for those ages 13 and older. Eventually, they plan to include spaces for dodge ball, archery tag and gaga ball for older kids to play, Karen said.

While the details are still being worked out, instead of having customers pay for time slots, the Brechts plan to offer day passes.

The facility will be able to accommodate about 100 children at a time. The occupancy, according to the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office, will be 240 people, Nathan Brecht said. Nathan, Karen’s son, and his wife, Rebecca, are helping prepare and run the facility.

“Our big concern is safety,” Karen said.

All the bounce houses will have alarm systems on them in case blowers go out. Those using the trampolines will be required to wear socks with grippers on them for sanitation and to help prevent slips and falls. The facility will also have foam padding around everything and carpet-bonded foam on the floors, a national code requirement.

The family’s biggest safety concern, however, is the trampolines. The Brechts were hesitant to include them in their plans but after much feedback from the community requesting them, they decided to look into it. The Funtastic trampolines will be set up on a cable deflection system, which helps reduce impact if someone is to fall while using them.

Whether it’s schools, organizations or fundraisers, the Brechts look forward to working with the community.

“We want to be really involved in Kearney,” Nathan said.

For more information, email or visit the Funtastic, Inc. Facebook page.


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