Fun Street Family Arcade at 243 F Street in Salida is now open to the public with a new reservation system. Ark Valley Voice spoke with owner Scotty Hughes on his use of reservations to provide a safe space for families and youth alike.
Hughes wanted to open the arcade as a space for teenagers and older youth to have a space to gather in the community. He explained, “even pre-COVID that was the whole reasoning behind the arcade; to have a fun safe place for families and especially older youth to come and hang out.”
Hughes says they started their reservation system to allow patrons to feel safe while still having fun. He explained “With COVID, reservations just seemed to work the best for us. It keeps us full the entire day. It’s not ideal, we certainly miss those people who just walk by and swing through and check us out.”
Hughes continued “It’s just your family group in there and you don’t have to worry too much. It also gives us the opportunity to wipe down and sanitize all the games that have been touched in-between visits. That’s a lot easier in a sanitary sense instead of trying to follow people around the whole time.”
Fun Street will continue the use of reservations until the school year is over. “I feel like that first or second week of June will be a reopening of sorts depending on where the guidelines are in our county and how the world going, but I would like to think that we could be back to doing 25 percent occupancy at that particular point.”
30 to 90-minute time block reservations for families or individuals are free. 120-minute reservations for Birthdays or other events costs $50 an hour. For more information on pricing, click here.
Reservations for the arcade can be made via Fun Street’s website, Instagram, via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 719-280-9108
From 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on March 12, the arcade will host a Teen Night put on by Extraordinary Teens Council (ETC) that will allow locals to safely gather. Those who wish to participate are asked to sign up so the arcade can maintain social distancing and health guidelines. 24 teens will be allowed in per hour. There will be free classic arcade games, VR and pizza from Moonlight. Tickets games are still 25 cents. ETC will also be giving out gift cards to local businesses. To RSVP, contact an ETC representative or call the arcade.