BAZINGA Toowoomba – Families Magazine reviews the supercentre!
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Bazinga Toowoomba – Super Centre!
Any more than two consecutive days of rain in sunny Queensland strikes fear into the hearts of most parents, faced with the unenviable task of keeping children entertained indoors. Motivated to ease such trauma, I made it my mission to hunt down weather friendly entertainment in Toowoomba. Yes, there’s the indoor pool, the cinema, trampolining but beyond that. it gets a little tough. Bazinga! Not just a bright idea, I found Bazinga Toowoomba.
Formerly a bowling alley located in Herries street, Bazinga has undergone a radical transformation in the past two years to revolutionise the idea of indoor entertainment in Toowoomba. In discussions with manager Jason, it was abundantly clear how passionate he is about catering to the entire family, which is what led him to transform the site into the complex it is today.
What is Bazinga?
Bazinga Toowoomba is a bowling alley, arcade game and laser tag super centre. There are eight lanes in which to bowl, with bumpers and ramps for tiny participants. The arcade game portion of the complex is an eclectic mix of retro and modern games, passionately maintained by the manager himself after decades in the arcade game industry. This man knows his games, and prides himself on the exclusivity of some of his machines. This isn’t just playing video games, this is redemption based gaming (collecting rewards points, and trading them in for prizes). Players can store points and accumulate them over several visits, to exchange for higher value prizes (think iPad)!
Is it a good choice for families?
What fascinated me most about the visit was the laser tag arena. As a girl growing up, I never played, because to be honest the idea of going into a maze of pitch black rooms where people jump out at you and shoot you, never really appealed. The Bazinga course is different. It’s illuminated by soft, but colourful lights, with glorious foliage elements and a fabulous friendly dragon. Jason designed the layout himself, ensuring me that it’s a challenging course, as there are no rooms, just petitions and that players have to keep moving. What he is most proud of in the design, however, is the addition of an observation deck where parents and carers can supervise without cramping anyone’s style!
The facility caters to parties in all areas, and would suit both child and adult parties in all three entertainment zones. Staff find that when dropping children off for parties, that most adults choose to stay and entertain other children in the other sections of the complex, because there’s just so much on offer.
There’s a spacious dining and lounge area situated between the bowling lanes and the arcade games which makes child supervision easy while seated with a hot cuppa! The only negative thing I could say is that it probably isn’t best to go there while you’re dieting. Bazinga has a fun, but salad free menu of favourites including wood fired pizzas, hot dogs and ice cream. They are fully licenced, and food and drink can be consumed in the bowling area, which has not been permitted in decades past.
Where is it?
Bazinga Toowoomba is located in Herries Street, in the heart of the Toowoomba CBD.
Coming from Brisbane take your first right hand turn, at the first set of lights at the top of the range and it’s located on the left between Ruthven and West Streets. From Oakey, Dalby and beyond (I say beyond as many of Bazinga’s customers come from out of town, as it’s the only facility of it’s kind anywhere in the region), it’s located over West street on the right, just past Laurel Bank Park.
How much does it cost?
Bowling prices start at $8 (including shoe hire) for a single game, and Laser Tag prices start at $12.
Is it accessible?
Bazinga prides itself on catering for the whole family, and was the inspiration behind designing such a comprehensive entertainment complex. The facility has been well designed for wheelchair access and staff are happy to work with carers to ensure that patrons with even complex disabilities are able to enjoy all that Bazinga has on offer.
Is Bazinga Toowoomba a good choice?
So back to my original thought about weatherproof activities?? This gets my vote for not only being rain-proof but also heat proof, being fully air conditioned. With a hot summer on the way, I’m sure they’re going to be busy. The best bit? Littlies, temperamental teens, and even grandparents can all have a fun day out together.
Open 9am-late 7 Days a week
(07) 4632 9755