Summer is here and kids are out of school, leaving many parents faced with the often daunting task of providing summer entertainment. Southeast Texas families need not worry; Elise’s Family Fun Center in Winnie is here to relieve summer boredom.
Elise’s Family Fun Center, located at 18291 Englin Road in Winnie, is the creation of Nutty Jerry’s owner Jerry Nelson. Named after Nelson’s first grandchild, Elise’s Family Fun Center will reopen its doors Saturday, June 7. The Grand Opening celebration starts at 10 a.m. and will offer guests free face painting, entertainers and balloon creations. The first 100 guests to arrive will receive a voucher for a free hot dog and beverage. To sweeten the deal, Elise’s is offering special buy-one-get-one-free kids admission for the Grand Opening day.
The facility has expanded, featuring two new attractions with more on the way.
“I want to do this thing right and build the biggest kid center in the state of Texas,” said Nelson.
The 300,000-square-foot facility offers entertainment for all ages with roller coasters, bungee jumpers, go-carts, bumper cars and inflatables in addition to the new upstairs arcade filled with a variety of video games and a human gyroscope.
What’s a human gyroscope? Once used by NASA to train pilots and astronauts, the human gyroscope gives young thrill-seekers the opportunity to experience the feeling of weightlessness.
Nelson is especially excited to unveil his newest attraction, Pirate Cove Glo-Golf. “I’ve been around a long time, and I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Nelson. Pirate Cove is a black-light lit 18-hole mini golf course that takes golfers on the adventures of Jolly Rodgers in a sea of neon colors. The state-of-the-art attraction was developed by COST of Wisconsin, the same company has also built attractions for Disney, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and Six Flags theme parks.
In the coming month, Elise’s Family Fun Center will unveil yet another addition – a full indoor skating rink called “Walker’s Wheelhouse,” named after the owner’s second grandchild.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Nelson is scheduled to start construction in early June on Elise’s Family Fun Center’s latest development, an indoor/outdoor driving course featuring antique cars. “We’re always thinking of new ways to entertain families,” said Nelson.
Originally open only in the summer months, Elise’s Family Fun Center will now offer year-round, climate-controlled entertainment.
Nelson says the facility has peaked interest from families in surrounding areas, adding, “We’ve already got people calling us from Pasadena, Jasper, Houston, Baytown.”
“We just want everybody to get out there and see it,” said Nelson. “We want to give the public something fun to do.”
The prices are hard to beat: $20 for kids 2-17, $10 for adults over 17 and $5 for senior citizens over 65. Each ticket purchased includes all day access to the facility’s attractions.
“If you come to our place, you can skate, play putt-putt, ride go-carts, get on roller coasters,” said owner Jerry Nelson, “you can stay all day long.”
When asked what his granddaughter, Elise, thinks of all his work, Nelson said, “She thinks her granddaddy’s crazy, but she loves it.”
Families interested in a day of fun can visit Elise’s Family Fun Center Thursdays from 5-9 p.m., Fridays from 5-10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and on Sundays from 1–6 p.m. They will also offer special day-care hours on Thursday and Friday from 1-5 p.m. All day-care kids tickets are only $10 and kids are allowed to bring in sack lunches.
To schedule a party or corporate event, call (877) 643-7508 for more information or view elisesplayhouse.com.