Brewer Playland Adventures offers indoor games for all ages

Posted Jan. 18, 2012, at 5:22 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 18, 2012, at 6:25 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Teenagers may have helped select the jumbo boxing gloves, the human bowling and other games, but the owner of a new indoor play facility on Wilson Street says they can be used by people of all ages, including adults.

“In fact, we encourage it,” Playland Adventures owner Lenny Holmes of Saco said Wednesday.

Playland Adventures, located at 510 Wilson St., is filled with colorful bounce houses and a huge blowup slide for youngsters — dubbed the BounceZone — as well as competitive interactive inflatable games, he said.

Holmes, who is the owner of Southern Maine SportsZone and the BounceZone in Saco and formerly owned the BounceZone in Westbrook, said he has been interested in expanding into the Bangor area for years and started seriously looking last spring.

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“When the BounceZone in Westbrook closed, I basically moved all the equipment up here,” Holmes said. “I thought we would have a bigger demand up in this area, which is proving correct so far.”

The business plan also changed from all bounce to bounce and games for older participants, in part because Holmes and his local partner, Brewer resident Tina Bouchard, both have older children, he said.

“We both have teenagers and we were asking them, ‘Would you like this? Would you like that?’” when making decisions about what equipment to buy for the Brewer business, Holmes said. “We decided we needed to find things that older groups would enjoy, teenagers and young adults.”

The pay-per-use interactive inflatable games have names such as Airborne Adventure, the Lagoon of Doom and the Wrecking Ball, Holmes said.

Playland Adventures opens daily at 10 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. except on Fridays, when the doors close at 9 p.m., and Saturdays, when they close at 8 p.m. The cost to enter the BounceZone is $5 and the interactive games cost two or three tokens, which are $1 each or cheaper when bought in bulk.

“We have a tour of the facility, where they can use everything for 1½ hours for $15,” Holmes said. “We expect to do a lot of birthday parties, project graduations and corporate outings.”

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