Local kids will have a new place to play next year.
A building in Spring Garden Township that once hosted the 21-and-older crowd is being revamped into an indoor play zone for children.
Atomic Bounce Play Zone will open at noon Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1022 Mount Rose Ave.
That address was left vacant after Mount Rose Beer & Soda Mart moved to York Township in May and reopened in Queensgate Towne Center as the Queensgate Beer Barn.
Owners Katie Smock and Nicole Pauling decided to open the indoor center as an extension of their outdoor business, Atomic Bounce, which sets up bounce houses outdoors at children's birthday parties and other events, Smock said.
But winter weather sidelined their business a few months every year and hosting events at indoor facilities proved challenging for the pair, who often hauled around 350 pounds of fun and hoped ceilings were taller than 20 feet.
"When I first started this, I said, 'Oh, it's filled with air, it will be light.' That is so far from the truth," Smock said.
Though the owners will continue to operate bounce houses in backyards, the two will also host parties at the indoor play zone.
"We'll still do the outdoor parties from March through November, but we'll be able to offer something indoors all the time. Many people don't like to deal with the weather," she said.
The center will include a bounce house, imagination stations, puppets, a roller coaster, tumbling mats, a ball pit, a tube play center and more.
"You can't bounce forever," Smock said. "Kids will have a lot of activities to choose from."
Children will get to sample the offerings for free from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 when Atomic Bounce Play Zone has its grand opening.
After the grand opening, the play zone will be open from 10 a.m to 2 p.m and 4 p.m to 8 p.m daily, Smock said.
The cost will be $8 per child.
Many final details are still being discussed and the building is being readied for children, but Smock said one thing is certain.
"There will be fun for everyone," she said.