• Malek: Family Fun Center to host mixer
    August 04,2014

    Getting together with peers and associates is always rewarding, and doing so in a newly renovated facility with great food is icing on the cake.

    Members and friends of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce will gather at Twin City Family Fun Center on the Barre-Montpelier Road on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

    Formerly known as Twin City Lanes & Games, the Family Fun Center is not just for bowling anymore. Now, the facility offers a variety of gaming experiences for all ages, including two floors of laser tag, 3-D fluorescent murals, enhanced cosmic lights, new seating in the bowling area, and an improved gaming arcade.

    Owner Randy Longe welcomed the opportunity to host a Chamber mixer and share new features that are the result of his personal efforts.

    “We are extremely pleased and happy. The laser tag arena is fantastic; we’re glad to have the best of the best,” Longe smiled.

    The center remains a family operated business. Randy’s son, Caleb, is the manager, and a family friend from Colorado is the restaurant chef.

    Chamber board chairwoman Leslie Sanborn, noted, “It’s exciting to have a mixer at a new member’s facility, especially one that has changed so significantly.”

    “It’s great to help showcase another major business investment in the region,” she added.

    Mixer attendees will enjoy refreshments provided by the center’s in-house restaurant K’s Korner, a sports bistro offering a menu of appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads, entrées and build your own pizzas, as well as a full bar.

    The restaurant’s summer hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Carryout is also an option.

    Although the laser tag has become a major new feature of the facility, bowling is still the main game. With all new seating, three massive 180 inch flat-screen TVs positioned over the lanes, and a new rocking sound system, the Family Fun Center has brought the bowling experience to new heights. Cosmic bowling every Saturday night allows for at least two hours of fun in a glow-in-the-dark setting with all new laser lights.

    The laser tag arena was designed by Creative Works and is the first ever Terraform Battle Quest laser tag arena, incorporating a storyline theme based far into the future.

    Inside the arena, teams must navigate through a maze of steel walls that are brightly colored, strange glowing barrels and huge rusted pipes that span the entire area. At the heart of the arena is a huge 14-foot machine glowing with “stolen energy.” It’s the task of each new player to discover who is behind Terraform’s destruction.

    The phasers, or laser guns, have specially designed green lasers that are the safest operating design in the industry, and the “Gundom” on the end of the phaser protects players if they bump into each other.

    Laser tag league tournaments will be coming soon to Twin City Family Fun Center. Teams are to consist of six players, and Twin City Family Fun is currently looking to pre-register some teams. Interested players can email twincityfamilyfuncenter@gmail.com.

    Twin City a great place for kids parties — birthday, team outing or whatever. Purchase a bowling package, a laser tag package or a combination of the two and receive a smorgasbord of goodies for everyone in attendance.

    The two-hour Chamber mixer will begin at 5 p.m. and will include door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Reservations are appreciated, but not required. They can be made by contacting the Central Vermont Chamber at 229-5711 or cvermont1@aol.com. Registration is $10 per person.

    George Malek is executive director of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

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