Indoor adventure awaits young, old at new Craig business
CRAIG — A new business promises adventure with 10 inflatable attractions, including slides, bounce houses, unique rides and obstacles.
“There’s one price for all-day play, ages 0 to 100, no age or weight limits. I encourage parents to come play with their kids and make a memory,” said Adventure Zone Owner Dave Gordon.
The business is located in Centennial Mall and is open Wednesday through Sunday.
“Any day that the kids are out of school except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,” Gordon said.
Admission ranges from $7 to $10 or higher for birthday packages, which include the use of a themed birthday room, and ultra packages include a character entertainer.
“Craig has turned out the best numbers of any that we have opened yet. It was better than Salt Lake for opening days,” Gordon said. “I love Craig. As a way to reward the readers, if you mention that you read this article, I’ll give you 25 percent off your purchase on that day.”
Adventure Zone has had eight locations, five of which were temporary. Craig is the third of three permanent locations.
“I found the place in the mall. It took a lot of work to agree to a price. It finally came together,” Gordon said.
He’s signed a three-year lease and intends to have the business stay in Craig for the long-term.
Craig was chosen as the location for the third Adventure Zone due to the positive experiences Gordon has had bringing his traveling inflatables to events here the past two years.
“Two years ago, we were desperate for a spot on a weekend. I called up for the Balloon Rally and talked with Randy at Elk Run Inn. Within two hours, he made it happen, ” Gordon said.
It was the town, he said, that charmed him.
“From outside looking in, I fell in love with it. You might not see it, but there’s something special about your town,” Gordon said.
Adventure Zone grew out of a need to supplement the carnival business off-season.
“I own a carnival, and I’ve been doing that for 22 years,” Gordon said. “We are the smallest carnival in the states. When taking the carnival to a small town, it’s hard to make it work, financially. We decided to not do the hard rides. We decided to come out with a bounce house carnival three years ago. It has worked.”
Adventure Zone’s first focus is on inflatables, but in the coming months, as a result of customer feedback, Gordon to add video and ticket redemption games, as well as a snack bar.
“Those were never a part of my original business model, but they will come in time,” he said.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.
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