A popular venue for kids is on the move in Monmouth County!

Funtime America, an indoor amusement park located for years on Rt. 35 in Aberdeen has moved to a new location. It will now be on the northbound side of Rt. 35 in Eatontown, across from the Monmouth Mall.

Sales Manager Fran DeGennaro told me there is a brand new ownership team, and while the name is the same, they are really not affiliated with the old business.


The park has a variety of activities for kids, targeting those between 4 and 12 years old.

There are a handful of small, carnival style rides, bumper cars, laser tag, a rock wall, arcade, and boardwalk-style games.

There's also a brand new, open café area for refreshments that overlooks the arena, so you can always keep an eye on your child.

As for admission prices, DeGennaro says, 'there's really no charge to ever come through our doors, it's just pay as you play.'

Prices range from $3 for a single carnival ride ticket to $6.95 for a game of laser tag, to $75 for the Presidential value package which includes pizza, soda, game tokens, and tickets for the rock wall, laser tag, and rides.

When I was a kid, I went to Funtime America all the time. I loved it, and lived in the giant indoor bounce house/playground thing (it had tunnels to crawl through, a ball pit, a slide, and all kinds of other stuff kids like.) I always felt like I made it to the Temple Run on 'Legends of the Hidden Temple.' (Who's with me??)

The new location will be a bit smaller than the Aberdeen building, with less parking as well, but hopefully it will be just as fun.

DeGennaro says the hours will be similar to what they were, generally open until 9 p.m. on weeknights, and 11 p.m. on weekends.

The Grand Opening is scheduled for May 31, and is a great alternative for the kids on days when the weather just won't cooperate.

They are taking reservations now for summer day camps, birthday parties, and overnight trips for kids' groups. Call 732-460-0700 or visit their website: http://www.funtimeamerica.com/

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