In my "Pittsburgh Family Fun" series I often like to highlight/review new play spaces in the Burgh. But by doing that, I often neglect some of the tried and true places that have entertained us for decades. So in my next few installments of Pittsburgh Family Fun, I'll write about some of those good old standbys. This week I'd like to focus on Fun Fest Entertainment Center in Harmar.
We live just a few miles away from Fun Fest, so it's a place we visit often, both in the winter when it's cold and dreary, and in the summer when we want a break from the heat. My kids love all three staples of Fun Fest; Bowling, Laser Tag and Arcade Games.
Fun Fest is unique in that it has all three under one roof, so when the kids can't agree on exactly what to do, everyone can agree to Fun Fest. The regular hours of operation are
Sunday-Wednesday - 9 am - 11 pm
Thursday - 9am - 12 am
Friday & Saturday - 9 am - 2 am
Fun Fest boasts 40 lanes of bowling, with open bowling available all day, every day, which is a great bonus. The bowling alley has updated scoring systems and large screen tvs playing music videos. Then at night, the lights go down and "Cosmic Bowling" begins. It's funny that my kids used to be scared of cosmic bowling but now they think it's awesome. For the younger kids, they offer automatic bumpers, lightweight balls and ramps.
Cosmic Bowling hours are as follows:
Monday 4-11 pm
Thursday 9 pm - 12 am
Friday 4 pm - 2 am
Saturday 11 am - 2 am
Sunday 12 pm -11 pm
Costs for bowling include:
Monday-Thursday - $3 per game
Friday-Sunday - $5 per game
Kids under 12 - $2.50 per game
Shoe Rental - $2.50
Fun Fest just updated their Laser Tag area about a year ago, and now boast the new "Cyber Quest Laser Tag" experience, which is 3,000 sq ft laser tag arena with black lighting, fog and sound effects. Each unit comes preprogrammed with a fun name and after the round is over, players can see how they scored (which leads to both elation and tears, but such is life) :)
Hours for Laser Tag are as follows:
Sunday - Wednesday 9am - 11 pm
Thursday 9 am - 12 am
Friday & Saturday 9 am - 1 am
Pricing for Laser Tag is:
$7 for one game
$10 for two games by the same person
The Game Zone is home to over 50 games of skill and luck. Some of the more popular games include Ski ball, Connect Four and Air Hockey. They have a ticket redemption counter with pretty good prizes I have to say. My kids have walked away with everything from candy to their own bowling pin.
We had my son's 6th birthday party at Fun Fest and it was a great event. We had a special party host assigned to us that took care of all of our needs. It was the easiest birthday party ever. The party packages include either bowling or laser tag or both depending on which package you choose. Packages range from $12.50/guest to $22/guest. All packages include pizza, soft drinks, game tokens and a private party room for 2 hours.
Coming Soon - Suite 28
If you've driven by Fun Fest lately, you may have noticed some construction going on. In May, Fun Fest will open their new VIP area, called "Suite 28". The new digs include a private room (or can be split into two rooms for smaller parties) with access to 8 private bowling lanes. The Suite will include comfy couches and updated scoring. Tina, the Events Coordinator said "it'll be perfect for corporate events, private parties, Sweet 16 gatherings, etc."
After Suite 28 opens, they plan to move to the next phase of construction which will include an updated game room and outdoor venue (we're really looking forward to this!)
Fun Fest is one of those place, like Chuck E. Cheese, that I hardly ever go without a coupon. They offer daily specials on their website, and coupons both on the site (printable) and a text program with additional specials.
Their daily specials range from a $10 Ultimate Fun Deal that includes 1 hour of bowling (with shoes), 1 game of Laser Tag and 10 tokens (Noon-6 pm Monday-Thursday) to a "Pins Pizza and Pop" special all day Monday-Thursday that includes 2 hours of bowling with shoes, large pizza and a pitcher of pop for $39.95 for 6 people.
In addition to the daily specials on the website, you can opt in to their "VIP Program" by texting FUNFEST to 91944. This will give you occasional text messages with additional specials. The last special I got was for a Mardis Gras Special $10/person 2-hour bowling package.
They also have a section of the website that is a little hard to find without google, but exists nonetheless, with printable coupons for BOGO Laser Tag and Bowling. I always print one out before heading there.
Fun Fest also offers occasional special events such as character visits (Sponge Bob last month, Cinderella this month) and seasonal parties (Mardis Gras, New Year's Eve). Check their special events tab (or sign up for text alerts) to get in the know about what's coming next.