Fun Factor Fun Centre is bringing in bumper cars and four lanes of miniature bowling in an effort to offer customers a more interactive experience.
The new games are replacing the facility’s pirate-themed mini-golf course, which has been offered for the past eight years.
This Sunday will be the last chance to sink some putts before the indoor course is closed to make space for the new games owner Arthur Loring expects to have up and running by the end of May.
“We just felt it was time to bring a new attraction to Kamloops,” Loring said.
He said mini-golf had been well-received, but noted the North Kamloops venue, which celebrates 30 years in business next year, wants to focus on more social, interactive activities parents and children can enjoy together.
“That’s something we felt is really lacking in society now,” he said. “Everyone’s buried in their [cellphone] screens,” Loring said.
The games will also be more visible to spectators, which isn’t the case with the mini-golf area.
Loring said bowling and bumper cars will be good activities for groups and birthday parties.
The bumper cars will be battery-powered and will have a more modern design than the traditional look you’d expect to see at a fair.
“They’re round, they’ve got LED lighting on them, there’s also some interactive targets on them so you can hit your opponent at a certain spot and it’ll actually send them spinning,” Loring said.
The new miniature bowling layout will be designed for casual fun as opposed to league play. The game will involve a 10-pin set-up with a ball meant for the 5-pin game on lanes half the length seen in traditional bowling alleys.
Loring said he thought of bringing in a bowling game before Bowlertime on nearby Eighth Street was shuttered last fall, but the closure helped confirm his decision to add it.
“We’ve had a lot of people saying that’s an amenity we’re missing on the North Shore,” he said.
Loring said the game, which doesn’t require special shoes, is a lot of fun and is great for date nights and family time alike.
Part of the changes at Fun Factor will involve removing a wall that separates the arcade area from the mini-golf course, opening up the space considerably for spectators.
“There’s going to be some configuration changes, but we’re not going to make the games area any smaller,” Loring said.
“If anything, I might have room for a few extra machines.”
Fun Factor is located at 910 Tranquille Rd. in North Kamloops.