The Going Bonkers Story
Quincy, Illinois — 1999
Going Bonkers is a concept developed by Rich and Lori Houseweart in Quincy, Illinois. They had three young children and recognized that there was a need in Quincy for a family friendly place where children could “Go Bonkers”. Their goal was, and is, to provide a SAFE and ACTIVE environment where children of all ages and their parents can run, jump, swing, crawl, bounce and slide their way through a huge adult friendly soft playground. They also wanted to provide other activities including an arcade designed for their younger guests, a wide range of food options and a place where birthday parties are fun for the kids and relaxing for mom and dad.
In December of 1999 the dream came to life and the first Going Bonkers opened at 229 North 48th Street in Quincy, Illinois. The couple took great care and effort, to choose a family friendly play structure. After careful consideration they decided on a unit designed and manufactured in the USA by a company called PlaySmart™ located in Sedalia Missouri. Knowing that the play structure was going to be a big part of the business, they had to choose the right manufacturer and they did. Going Bonkers incorporates 65,000 cubic foot playground (the largest indoor soft playground in the area by far) that reaches heights of 25 feet. It’s fun and great exercise for the kids and parents alike. From ages 4 to 104, there is loads of fun to be had, and there is also a separate toddler area for children 3 and under.
The large arcade full of video and redemption games geared for pre-teens and youngest guests allows everyone to test their skills in shooting balls, throwing, dancing, jumping and much more. The redemption prize center has hundreds of items that can be purchased with tickets won from the games in the arcade. Going Bonkers has a wide range of great, high quality food and drinks available in the food court area. Pizza, salads, sandwiches, munchies and more are made in our full service kitchen to suit the needs of kids and grownups alike. Adjacent to the food court is the birthday party area where there are individual rooms that can be configured to support small and large private birthday parties. A party hostess is also provided to take care of the party so mom and dad can enjoy the big day without all of the work.
The concept was so well received in Quincy that the concept has been expanded to also include facilities in Columbia, Missouri, Lewisville, Texas (North Dallas) and now Topeka, Kansas!