I can honestly say that I was a bit intrigued by the name of this place - Just Fun. It sounded cool. And fun. And it was. It was actually pretty neat.
The owner of Just Fun, John Young, said he opened the place in 2010 and gears it toward everyone and anyone. “It’s for anyone from 1 to 104,” he told me.
I really liked the place, but I am not sure I would agree with those ages. Up to 104 is fine. But, the 1 or 2 year olds – I’m not so sure since there wasn’t much for my baby girl to do there. She walked around and looked at the games and did some people-watching, but there were not any activities for her to do.
That being said, my 4-year-old loved every high-energy, non-stop-action-packed, running-around-like-a mad-woman – bit of it.
If you’ve never been there, Just Fun is an arcade, indoor playground and more located in a plaza on South Park Avenue in Hamburg (very close to the Hamburg Fairgrounds).
There are a bunch of things to do inside. Our first and favorite activity was the indoor playground. They call it the Soft Playground. This is $6 and kids play all day. It is a dual-level colorful playground filled with bridges, swings, obstacles and a super-fast slide. I mean kids whip down that thing – in a good and fun and safe way. Socks are required inside.
My Emma loved, loved, loved the playground. Getting her to come out was a bit of a challenge. I like that there is only one way in and one way out. I like that it is only for kids 10 and younger. (I did see older kids sneak inside at one point and I may or may not have told on them.)
The next adventure we checked out were the Spin Zone Bumper Cars. They’re not your grandpa’s bumper cars. Nope, not at all.
The oversized cars are easy to steer and actually spin around when you hit a certain spot on the ride. They run $3 per ride and are good for anyone 36 inches or taller. One person per car. My husband and my girls loved this ride. There’s loud music and party lights – and you get to smash into other cars. What’s not to love?
I will admit that I was a bit worried about Emma driving by herself, but she did great and was a fierce competitor out there.
The next event was the Aeroball game. I’ve never seen anything like this. It is basically like a game of basketball played on trampolines. Each player has their own little trampoline which is separated by a tall, soft barrier. You throw the ball into the opponent’s goal.
This is high-energy, non-stop fun for five full minutes – which may not sound like a long time, but it sure feels like it. The cost is $2 per game and again only for those 36 inches and taller.
That is all we had time for, but there also is a Battle Zone game. Players are split into two teams who go head-to-head. They wear a helmet and neon vest equipped with a gun that fires soft bazooka balls. It is $6.50 per game and is for ages 7 and older.
Black Light Mini Golf is 18 holes played in a completely black light-lit room. Golf is $7.50 for ages 7 and older; $6.50 for 6 and younger.
There are also dozens of arcade games costing between one and two tokens. They have something for everyone. I had a game or two of old-school Ms. Pac-Man.
There is a lot to do at Just Fun, so give yourself plenty of time. There is a snack bar with about a six items like nachos ($2.50), a personal pizza ($5.89) and popcorn (70 cents) and coffee and pop. Prices are reasonable.
They offer birthday parties with private rooms. The place was very clean and the staff members were helpful. Restrooms are clean and have nice changing stations for babies.
I’d say the name suits it perfectly well. It really is just fun.
Where: 6000 South Park Ave., Hamburg
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Wednesdays.
Cost: It is free to get in but each attraction costs money.