BY MELANIE YOUNG
Downriver families looking for fun won’t have to travel out of the area when a new entertainment venue opens up later this year in Woodhaven. It will be located in part of the former Kmart building on West Road.
According to General Manager Zach Johnson, Rev’d Up Fun will have six primary attractions, including laser tag, a ballistics playground, ropes course with zip line, Spin Zone bumper cars, a 5D Theater ride and a redemption arcade.
The laser tag arena will be a two story professionally designed course that will be called the Junkyard Wars Laser Tag. The Ballistics playground will include three levels of climbing structures and will include foam balls and blasters that are similar to an indoor water park’s water blasters but with foam instead of water. The area will be large enough so parents will be able to interact with their children.
The Spin Zone bumper cars will be just like regular bumper cars, go forward and backward, but will spin if bumped in certain areas. The ropes course and zip line will be indoors, as will all of the attractions.
The 5D-XD Dark Ride Interactive Motion Theater will be a new attraction to the area. It’s a ride/shooting gallery that combines 3D film with special effects and motion seats. The motion seats move with the action on the screen and the rider can interact with what’s happening onscreen.
The arcade will have over 50 redemption games and a redemption center. The center will utilize game cards for all of the events.
The center has already earned quite a following on Facebook for the owners, Kevin and Sandy Johnson and their son, Zach. The Johnsons have been Downriver residents for more than 20 years and previously owned an outdoor entertainment company that rented out things like rock walls and inflatables. They started looking for an indoor venue and the business went from inflatables to what it is now.
“We wanted to move on to a bigger adventure.” Zach Johnson said.
The automotive themed décor was developed from a treasured gift given to Johnson’s father Kevin from his grandfather. That gift, a 1957 Ford Fairlane with a retractable roof, will be on display at the business. The business logo was developed with that in mind so the headlights in the logo are modeled after that car. There will be other vintage automotive items on display as well as part of the rustic industrial décor.
The owners of Rev’d Up Fun hope to become a destination for birthday parties. They’ll offer private party rooms with different party packages. Each birthday party will have a designated host and the birthday girl or boy will feel special all day. The hosts will also interact with the party.
The business will have a full service kitchen and they plan to offer salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, ice cream, soft drinks, coffee and other food and beverage items.
Rev’d Up Fun will be open seven days a week. The hours of business will vary during the week with Friday through Sunday having the most open hours.
Zach Johnson encourages anyone interested in working at Rev’d Up Fun to follow the Facebook page as the website is still in development. There will be a variety of positions.
When complete, Rev’d Up Fun will be a destination venue for the Downriver area. Woodhaven Mayor Patricia Odette is excited for it to open.
“I love that another family business is coming to Woodhaven.” Odette said.
The Johnson family is equally excited.
“We’ve been wanting to do this for three or four years,” said Zach. “It’s somewhat surreal that it’s coming to fruition.”