MONTROSE – Beginning in March, the vast expanse of space located within 1865 East Main Street in Montrose will be full of the sound of children's laughter, when a new family entertainment and learning center opens its doors.
Montrose residents Amanda and Chris Nokes will open Mack's Family Entertainment and Sports Center, a 9,200 square-foot haven created for free play and family gatherings. A soft opening is planned for March 1, with a grand opening scheduled for March 8.
"We were constantly going to Grand Junction,” said Amanda Nokes, “to take our kids for birthday parties or go to Bananas [Fun Park] for a different type of fun. We had the idea to create something we've been working on for about two years, and it's finally coming together."
Inside, kids and adults can explore a planetarium and virtual aquariums, along with new science activities, in the Mack’s exploratorium.
"We want to encourage kids to think and explore; we want everything to be very hands on," Nokes said.
Outside the science rooms, a 102-foot inflatable obstacle course, zip-line and slide course will take up most of the facility's space, alongside a “Cannonball Air Blaster court," indoor plasma car track, batting cage and toddler play area.
For older kids and teens, XBox and Kinect play stations will sit next to pool and foosball tables. Parents can enjoy free Wifi while sipping gourmet coffee and smoothies. Nokes said it's all about family fun.
"We want to challenge kids,” she said, in “both mind and body, and give families a place to go and have fun,," Nokes said.
Nokes said Mack's will also feature a "healthy café," where kids can eat locally purchased food and snacks and, in certain seasons, enjoy a more natural menu.
Mack’s will be open to host birthday parties, sports parties, fundraisers and other group gatherings, with reservations taken in advance. Punch passes are also available for discounted admission.
Chris, a general contractor, and Amanda, a registered nurse, were able to open Mack’s with help from the Region 10 business loan fund.
Mack's will be open for free play seven days a week, from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
For more information find Mack's on Facebook or contact Nokes at email@example.com.