LONG BEACH — Spring Break mainstay Funland celebrated its 23rd anniversary on March 7.
Don Epping opened the gaming center in 1992. Son Curtis now co-owns the 9,000-square-foot facility at 200 S. Pacific.
They’ve brought in new games recently with more on the way, including Lost Island Adventure.
“It’s more of an attraction than it is a video game,” he said. “You get in there and it’s all inclusive. You’re immersed in the game because the screen is so big. It’s like you’re in the game.”
Then there are classic games including Sea Wolf and Simpson’s Cookie Carnival.
Funland is adding a variation on the classic high striker, a test of strength found at carnival midways. It relies less on brute strength and a heavy hammer and more on skill and finesse, Curtis said. The goal is to get it at a specific mark.
“We’re going for kind of a carnival theme with some of the new games,” he said. “They’re trying to incorporate that into the fun centers now, so we’re getting on board.”
The center employs five.
Funland’s winter hours are Noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Spring Break and summer hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
The center is available for parties. Laser tag can accommodate 22 players at once. Call 360-642-2223 for more information.