Big Thrill Factory Rec Center Coming to Former Kmart in Minnetonka

Bowling, arcade, bumper cars and mini golf in Minnetonka? You got it, beginning in December!

The former Kmart on Highway 101 and County Road 7 in Minnetonka may soon become home to a new recreation center complete with bowling, bumper cars, laser tag, arcade, climbing walls and a mini golf course.

The Big Thrill Factory will be a multipurpose recreational facility in 33,750 square feet of the building. also resides there.

The center will include a café serving food and alcoholic beverages, complete with a party area. It will include 13,839 square feet of outdoor space for mini golf, trampolines, slides, spider climbs and face off – a jousting contest.

Plans will make their way in front of the Minnetonka Planning Commission on Sept. 6 and the Minnetonka City Council on Oct. 8. The proposal requires a conditional use permit and site/building plan review. 

Minnetonka businessman Barry Zelickson is the majority partner in the game center. Zelickson has worked on the concept that will cost between $3 million and $5 million for the past two years, according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

According to plans submitted to the city of Minnetonka, the primary goal is to create a safe environment for kids, young adults and their parents to celebrate with family-friendly activities. Developers plan to open the Big Thrill Factory in December 2012.

On Minnetonka Patch in April, we asked readers . Many of the comments reflected that the Big Thrill Factory is exactly what residents are looking for in that location, such as this response from Josefina Irene Gonzalez:

"We need something INDOOR for our kids, and it would be a wonderful space for park like Edinborough Park in Edina plus swimming space. I totally agree with the comment for sample mall but NOT CHUCKE E CHEESE in it! We have such a long and cold winter so I totally support a place like this. It will be definitely a HIT!!!"

Do you think the Big Thrill Factory will be a hit? Tell us in comments!

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Stephanie Pakenham September 22, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Alisha H September 25, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Alisha H September 25, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Looking forward to some indoor fun, closer to Maple Grove than Grand Slam in Coon Rapids and Burnsville. I would love a Grand Slam in MG...
Nancy Davis March 01, 2013 at 04:26 PM
My grandchildren, nephews, and whole family have been looking forward to a great form of entertainment for us all. Thank you for locating here, near us. See you soon!
meg March 10, 2013 at 01:58 AM
I could not be more excited!! i have a 2 and a 4 yr old and am sick of driving to edinborough for fun indoor play!! lets jusy hope this place is AFFORDABLE.


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