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Lakeville Resident Opening Indoor Playground in Eagan

The recreation facility, Good Times Park, will feature a basketball court, inflatable games, artificial turf and other amenities, according to owner Bonnie O'Meara.

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Local mom Bonnie O'Meara knows firsthand how difficult it can be to find budget-friendly activities that entertain the whole family.

That challenge served as the impetus behind O'Meara's new business, "Good Times Park", which is set to open in Eagan later this spring.

Located in a 25,000-square-foot space at 3265 Northwood Cir., the business will feature an expansive indoor playground designed for children 12 years old or younger, O'Meara said.

The plans for Good Time Park include a basketball court, inflatable games, indoor playground equipment, an artificial turf area and a hologram projector that projects kid-friendly games onto the floor, among other features.

To use the facility, parents can pay a monthly membership fee that ranges from $20 to $45, depending on the number of children in the family, or simply pay $8 per child at the door for a one-time visit, O'Meara said. The business will also offer annual memberships, although fees for that option have not yet been set, O'Meara said.

Parents will be responsible for supervising their children while at the facility, and will have to sign a waiver before use, O'Meara said. Members will also have special access to classes, movie nights and other events at the facility, said O'Meara, who will be the only full-time employee of the business.

O'Meara worked for 20 years as a human resources manager and operated an independent consulting practice—but this is the first time the Lakeville resident has ever ventured into indoor recreation. 

"Being a parent and obviously being involved with other parents and kids, you spend a lot of time trying to find activities for your family without spending a lot of money," O'Meara said. "I just want to give something back to the community, and I came up with an idea."

Last week, the Eagan City Council unanimously approved a planned development amendment permitting the development of Good Times Park. O'Meara is leasing the property from Northwood Equity, which owns the property.

Although O'Meara looked at sites in Burnsville, Lakeville and other area cities, O'Meara said she settled on the site in Eagan because of its proximity to other retail businesses and the city's strong "family base".

"This whole idea came out of a dream—an aspiration, I guess—to do something fun, yet have a unique business opportunity.”

Jenni Nello January 08, 2013 at 02:22 PM
This is too expensive - $8 a visit?! $20-45 per year?! When will Eagan have free choices for families, like its surrounding communities? If we want to stay in our own town, will we have to take our kids to McDonald's every time we want to burn off some energy for free in the winter? Thanks, but I'll be going to the Rosemount or Apple Valley community centers for open gym...
Crystal January 08, 2013 at 03:04 PM
I agree that is too expensive. There are many other places at similar costs that you can go to, so this wouldnt be anything to draw me there. Especially with The Blast in the community center being $3-$5 per kid with plenty of open gym and family fun nights. I can think of many other things to do with $24 for three kids other than going to an indoor park for one day.
Nick Ehrman January 09, 2013 at 02:22 AM
I like the idea and can't wait to support this small business owner! Nick from Eagan (3 little ones)
Good Times Park January 09, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Thank you for the feedback. I'll continue to evaluate pricing. With 7 separate physical and creative play areas, Good Times Park provides a variety of unique play activities that encourage parents & children to enjoy unstructured play together in a fun, secure environment. No scheduling needed. I hope you'll reconsider and give it a try!
Donna January 09, 2013 at 04:12 PM
I like the idea, but agree $8 per child is too much, especially having 5 children. Perhaps you could consider lower rates and a family cap?
Stacey January 13, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Can't wait for the park to open!
sarah January 13, 2013 at 10:34 PM
I am excited to see what it is all about. We frequent the community center/blast but I have a child at only 2 yrs old so she gets scared in the blast and has nothing to do while her brother runs around in the high tunnels. To me this sounds like it will be much more elaborate and will have things for all ages. Which to me will be worth $16. Can't wait for u to open. I wish it was tomorrow.

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