Thunderzone Family Fun offers go-cart racing and more
Inspired by a rock song, Thunderzone Family Fun offers racing, laser tag, cosmic golf and more at 2769 N. Frankford Ave.
Cindy Hickman, the owner of Thunderzone, purchased it from Dave Lewis in January. Previously it was known as Dave’s Need4Speed.
“It took us a while to decide if we wanted to change the name,” Hickman said. Because the old name caused confusion, she decided to start fresh.
The name “Thunderzone” is inspired by her son’s racing go-carts, which say “Thunderstruck” on the back, she said, named for the AC/DC song.
“I wanted it to say family fun so they realize it’s not just go-carts. We have laser tag, we have cosmic golf, dirt track simulators. We have an arcade and snack bar. It’s not just racing,” Hickman said.
In the future, Hickman said she hopes to add to Thunderzone, including more attractions for young children and possibly a dirt racing track behind the current back track.
There is a track for smaller go-carts and an oval track for larger go-carts that are only for those who have a driver’s license. About 270 feet have already been added to the slower back track, Hickman said.
Hickman already added a bounce house for small children.
“Eventually I would like to add an area for little kids. We’d like the crawl-through stuff and maybe a couple of rides for inside, like the merry-go-round,” she said.
Hickman said children who are 48 inches tall can drive on the back track, but if they are shorter, they can ride with someone who is tall enough. Shorter children are also allowed to play miniature golf and laser tag for free as long as they have a parent with them.
Thunderzone attracts all ages, Hickman said.
“The oldest guy I’ve seen out here was 89. He couldn’t get into the car by himself, and he couldn’t get out by himself. But once he was in, he was hooked,” she said.
One of the biggest changes Hickman has made so far have been to the decor. She’s added more color to the walls throughout the building and redecorated the cosmic golf area.
“I’m still trying to decorate in there. I’m trying to find a giant gorilla for the Empire State Building,” Hickman said.
She’s also trying to create a theme for each party room. Thunderzone offers private parties for birthdays during regular business hours and arranges for private parties for companies or lock-ins during off hours.
Business hours for Thunderzone Family Fun have changed recently. It is now open from 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 1-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-8 p.m. Sunday.
Hickman said owning Thunderzone Family Fun is a big change for her and her husband, Robert. They have owned Hickman Roofing in Shallowater for 19 years, but they hope Thunderzone will be a good retirement business someday.
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