It's official, Boomers is back in town. The play center located on Route 41 in London Grove opened its doors for business again in late December.After shutting down last March, five new owners have taken charge and brought back the local destination for good, old-fashioned, family fun.
The new owners-Harry Bitzberger, Michelle Bitzberger, Garrick Weaver, John Coll, and Pete Ficco-are keeping many of Boomers' trademark activities and games while adding a few new touches of their own. Harry and Michelle Bitzberger have operated their own business, Moonbounce Adventures, since 2003, and are familiar with catering to a family-centered audience.
A twelve-stall heated driving range, a massive play area filled with boardwalk-style games, complete snack bar and pizza shop and two mini-golf courses will continue to remain fixtures at Boomers.
Boomers will also continue to offer birthday parties to youngsters. As part of a package, kids receive pizza, drinks, complimentary tokens, a private party room and hours of romping around the play area.
However, with new ownership will come a host of changes and added offerings to Boomers' past repertoire. Harry Bitzberger envisions three sections to the fun center: "Little guys, little older, and family," he said.
The little guys' section will be directed towards the six-and-under crowd and consist of the play area and its kid-friendly games and colorful maze-like playground.
"We want to stratify our offerings so that this is where the little guys are, because it's close and easier to keep track of kids," said Harry Bitzberger.
In the area that now serves as a lobby, he said, he intends to offer fun aimed at older kids. A nine-hole mini-putt is currently in the lobby, but soon to follow are between 30 and 50 games geared toward 7-to 14-year-olds.
While there will no longer be a skate park, three indoor batting cages have been added. When spring arrives, the cages will be moved outdoors to make room for additional activities inside Boomers.
Older kids can also look forward to "tween dances" at Boomers. Harry Bitzberger has already lined up a DJ for these occasions.
And he has also lined up golf professional and junior golf instructor Eric MacCluen to work with aspiring golfers in the spring.
With the addition of a family-oriented area, Harry Bitzberger said that Boomers will offer a diverse array of fun for all ages. Roller-skating, basketball, indoor soccer, dodgeball, volleyball, and laser tag are all possibilities for this section of the building.
"We've taken our philosophy from Moonbounce Adventures and brought it here," said Bitzberger. "So far people seem very accepting of it."
Philanthropy is a major component of that philosophy. "We try to help a lot of charities geared towards moms and kids," he said.
In April, Boomers will be hosting a mini-golf tournament to benefit Camp Dreamcatcher, a summer camp for children with HIV/AIDS. In the fall, they will hold a benefit for another family-centered organization that has yet to be determined.
"We think if we're part of the community, the community will be part of us," he said.
Boomers is open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 610-268-5678 or visit www.boomersfamilyfun.com.