New adventures await in Elmore County, as two focused-on-fun businesses have opened in Wetumpka, and there's still time to experience them before kids head back to school next month.
The summer heat can put a damper on daytime activities, but Paintball on 111 and JoJo’s Mini Golf are open early morning and late afternoon. Skate Zone 2000, recently renovated, re-opened and provides an air-conditioned alternative to summertime fun.
Paintball on 111
Amanda Salter and her husband, Zack, saw a perfect opportunity to bring something different to the community. Located on 12 acres of land, Paintball on 111 has three different hand-built courses: a speed course, target range and woods course.
The main speed course features old trucks, bunkers and other objects to hide behind and is about the size of a football field.
“We started thinking about doing a paintball business in January and opened four months later. There’s not a whole lot of entertainment options in the area or a place to host birthday parties, so we felt like it was needed,” said Salter.
Right now, a party of 10 can play for two hours at $200, which includes the paintball gun rental, safety gear, 200 paintballs per player and unlimited CO2. The paintballs are low-impact, which softens the blow, said Salter. Each additional player is $20, and groups under 10 people play for $25 per person with the same inclusions. Ideally, the course is suited for up to 25 people.
Paintball on 111 is open by appointment only but also hosts ladies nights, Friday Night Lights and other open-play opportunities.
“We are very flexible with our schedule. We’re pushing earlier in the day or later in the evening right now because of the summer heat,” said Salter.
The couple plans to expand in the coming weeks to include inflatables and Nerf guns, which would cater to a younger crowd.
For more information, visit the Paintball on 111 Facebook page or call Salter at 334-430-0027.
JoJo’s Mini Golf and Frozen Yogurt
About a year ago, Jonathan O’Dell and his family decided to convert their equipment rental business into a mini golf course. O’Dell felt there was limited options for entertainment in the area and had the perfect land to create an easy-to-play course based around the property’s landscape.
“After we sold off the tool rental equipment, I just began laying out the course and building the pads. I mainly did it all by eye,” said O’Dell.
While the course is not necessarily easy, he said, there are three or four holes where someone could get a hole-in-one, even if not skilled.
“The best score I’ve seen so far is a 47, but that’s an anomaly. Most get a 70 or 80 their first time playing it and then score in the 50s and 60s,” said O’Dell.
About four to six players is the recommended number for playing in a group, he added, and JoJo’s accommodates birthday parties. Frozen yogurt and gelato rounds out the amenities indoors.
There are six yogurt flavors that change daily, and there is always a non-dairy, non-sugar option. The gelato offerings are made locally and also change on a regular basis. More than 40 toppings are available to amp up the treats, and the menu includes corn dogs, sliders and drinks.
“I’m hoping to build a deck this fall, so when the weather cools down, people can enjoy their ice cream outside too,” said O’Dell.
The indoor area is representative of a view looking outside form an old house, said O’Dell, with board and baton siding and tin on the ceilings.
With only three months to renovate, JoJo’s opened last August, and O’Dell said, he plans to add some more amenities over time.
Golf is $8 per adult, $5 for ages 12 and under, and children ages 3 and under are admitted for free. The yogurt and toppings are $.50 per ounce and gelato is $4 per serving without toppings and $5 with them.
For more information, visit the JoJo’s Mini Golf and Frozen Yogurt Facebook page or call 334-514-8951.
While Skatezone 2000 has been opened for nearly 20 years, it’s grand re-opening saw crowds upward of 400.
From October 2018 to April 2019, the skating rink was closed due to required renovations after a fire. The rink, roof, skates, flooring and paint job are new due to the damage from smoke, said owner Charles Cole.
“The community has been great and people really support us. They welcomed us back with open arms,” he said.
The business concept originally came from Cole’s late wife, Sherry, who grew up skating. After they closed their store in Titus, some friends convinced the couple to open a skating rink.
“We wanted to do something fun for the kids who didn’t have a lot of options around,” said Cole.
Aside from the main attraction, Skate Zone also features laser tag and hosts many birthday parties. It’s open year-round, Fridays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and for the summer months only, it is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
“We’re also open to private groups by appointment,” said Cole.
For more information, visit the Skate Zone Wetumpka Facebook page or call 334-567-4434.