After countless birthday parties, mini-golf games and tickets exchanged for prizes, Family Fun Center has closed.
Sunday was the Omaha entertainment center’s last day in business.
Family Fun Center opened in 1982 near 72nd and Dodge Streets. It had party rooms, arcade games, laser tag, paintball and mini-golf. That original location closed in 2012 and relocated to a larger space at108th and L Streets, dubbed Family Fun Center XL, in 2012.
“Seven years later we have unfortunately found it impossible as a family-owned business to keep our doors open any longer with the changing times of video games in everyone’s homes and smart phones, as well as many other factors,” owners Chad Reznicek and Tony Farrington said in a statement. “Thank you Omaha for all the great memories and to everyone who has been a part of the fun over the years!”
Eddie Reznicek opened the first Family Fun Center in 1979 in Fremont. A second center opened in Grand Island in 1981. The Omaha location opened a year later, and, after about six months of operating all three, all but the Omaha location were closed.
Eddie Reznicek operated the business for 25 years before his son, Chad Reznicek, took over and, with Farrington, bought out his father. Eddie Reznicek passed away in 2013.
Family Fun Center is at least the second iconic Omaha-area entertainment location to announce its closing in the past several weeks. SkateDaze will close for good on March 31.
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The interior of the Family Fun Center near 72nd and Dodge Streets.
Brian Cox keeps up with the DoorMax2 dance machine in 2002 at the Family Fun Center.
Scott Powers plays a game with his daughters, Olivia, 5, and Katie, 2, at the 72nd and Dodge Streets location of Family Fun Center in 2003.
Patrons play the Arctic Thunder game at Family Fun Center near 72nd and Dodge Streets in 2003.
Matt Brinkman redeems tickets at the Family Fun Center near 72nd and Dodge in 2003.
Alan Wiggs plays Dance Dance Revolution at the Family Fun Center near 72nd and Dodge in 2003.
From left, Randi Standley, her friend Mark Day and his son, Taylor, 10, play games with Randi's daughter Kaylee at the Family Fun Center near 72nd and Dodge in 2003.
The front of Family Fun Center near 72nd and Dodge was remodeled in 2005.
Alex James and Ben Heye play "In the Groove" at the Family Fun Center near 72nd and Dodge in 2005.
Co-owners Tony Farrington and Chad Reznicek pose outside the Family Fun Center XL at 10765 M St. in Omaha in 2013.
Players earn prizes from the prize wall for doing well on the games at the Family Fun Center XL in 2013.
Allie Clemens and Andreas Dunn, of Omaha, try their luck at one of the many arcade machines at the Family Fun Center XL at 10765 M St. in 2013.
Daniel Clemens, of Omaha, tries his luck at one of the games at the Family Fun Center XL at 10765 M St. in 2013.
Allie Clemens and Andreas Dunn, of Omaha, try Dance Revolution at the Family Fun Center XL at 10765 M St. in Omaha in 2013.