LIFE: The Fun Zone – Bowling, arcade games and restaurants – set to open on July 30th

TFZ Barranquillas new bowling alley

Barranquilla has a new place for families to chill out! The Fun Zone, located near Jairo Cepeda Park, in Villa Country at Carrera 60 # 77-75 features two restaurants, a bar, various arcade games, a pool table, and of course, bowling.

With the concept of bowling as an entertainment and not just a sport, this facility is targeting to all ages. Sheraton Yee, the owner of TFZ, said that they choose to invest in Barranquilla after visiting the city and realizing there were not many options to go out other than movies or restaurants. “We saw that bowling as a sport was on the decline, and we saw the opportunity to create a destination where people of different ages could go to have fun in a growing city like Barranquilla.”

To ensure even kids have a great time, the owners have created a special rack which can be added easily to guide balls directly to the pins – a must for toddlers to score perfect strikes every time! The Fun Zone is also packed with awesome arcade games sure to delight even the adults. There are even interactive activities where patrons are rewarded for amazing scores. “I went to an entertainment convention in Orlando, Florida where I was able to pick some of the newest games available. Although I couldn’t bring everything, all the games I have are similar to what’s popular in the US” Yee stated.

One of the new machines
One of the new machines

Since TFZ is surrounded by offices where people are at work during the day, Sheraton is promoting TFZ to companies as a space for motivational activities – r event just to relax and have fun during break times. They also welcome sports fans to come watch their favorite games – TFZ has four huge projector screens plus several TVs. They’re even thinking of staying open after 10 o’clock at night, and converting the space to a dance club for young adults. They’ll have a DJ from Atlanta, Georgia spinning out the latest hits.

American type fast food (burgers, chicken fingers, nachos, etc.) is available on the first floor in an open seating format and there is also a full-service bar, with an exclusive selection of wines, and all kind of cocktails.

In a slightly more tranquil setting, up on the second floor, Sabrina’s Kitchen will offer a selection of international gourmet meals sure to please the palates of even earnest foodies. This space was designed keeping in mind parents who will want to keep an eye on their kids while they have fun, but at the same time have a nice dinner.

Yee anticipates that Barranquilla can support at least four centers like this. “The Fun Zone is approximately eleven thousand square meters and in the U.S., even with smaller populations, nieghborhoods can handle facilities four or five times bigger than this one. So I know that this city can handle more, and after this one, we’ll be looking for another location”, he said.

The Fun Zone has a soft opening tonight, a VIP event on the 28th, and finally, a grand opening on the 30th.  Yee noted that he was a little disappointed that it took so long to open; they were supposed to start in May, and it escalated almost to August. “It’s hard to open a business here; not everyone respects due dates, prices or contracts so that can be frustrating sometimes. Luckily things are changing now, and we feel that this is a great opportunity for the people in Barranquilla, this is a fun place to go, and we are also creating a lot of jobs, that’s another good thing,” he said.

Yee hopes that the city government starts appreciating new businesses more as they are investing money in the local economy, and are creating opportunities for those who have informal jobs on the streets.

Check TFZ out on Facebook at “The Fun Zone”, on Instagram at “The Fun Zone BQ”, and on their website

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Fran graduated from Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina in Journalism and Sports Journalism. Before returning to his native Barranquilla, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America. When he’s not busy writing or reporting on a game, he’s probably watching whatever sports news is on TV. He also enjoys dancing, learning new languages and cultures.