PENNSDALE - A new family fun center is opening near the Lycoming Mall. Outback Roos, located at 495 Lycoming Mall Circle (formerly Big Bob's Flooring Outlet and Circuit City), will hold its grand opening on Saturday, September 1, 2018. The activity center will contain at least nine inflatables for children to play on, as well as obstacle courses and other activities. Activities will be geared to ages zero to 12, according to owner Josh Davis. The center has an Australian outback or jungle theme.

Davis, who also owns Bloom Bounce in Bloomsburg, decided to open Outback Roos after he moved to the Muncy area from the Bloomsburg/Berwick area. He noticed that there's not as much for kids in the targeted age group to do in this area. When he saw that the former Circuit City building near the mall was up for lease, he decided to open a family fun center with the same concept that he used at Bloom Bounce. "It's a nice niche in this area for having stuff for kids to do," Davis said. Bloom Bounce, which opened in January of 2013, has been successful. Davis said he has talked with a number of people who drive from the Williamsport area to take their kids to Bloom Bounce.

Kids will have a variety of activities to choose form - there is an 50-foot long obstacle course and a 30 by 30 foot obstacle course/bounce area called Chaos World. For the little ones, there also is a padded toddler area. This area will be foam padded and will have toys and a play kitchenette, Davis said. A toddler bounce area will be for kids under 34 inches. There also will be a interactive video game called BEAM. The game has a projector on the ceiling that will project light onto the floor. Kids will be able to do interactive activities such as popping balloons, different walking games, soccer, hockey, etc. The center also will offer kids birthday parties.

For the parents, there will be a "decked out parents lounge," Davis said. This will include a 50-inch television and massage chairs. Free wifi will be available. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Davis plans to hold events at Outback Roos in the near future. Some of his ideas include holding a Mommy and Me Yoga class and having teen nights. At Bloom Bounce, he currently holds an all abilities night on a Sunday evening once a month. The event is open to children with special needs and their families. Davis wants to eventually hold an all abilities nights at Outback Roos. He also will donate five percent of the profit each month to a local charity, as he currently does with Bloom Bounce.

Davis is excited about the opening of Outback Roos and feels it will fit recreation needs of a variety of age groups. "We're trying to be a one stop shop."

For more information, visit the Outback Roos website at www.outbackroos.com or visit the Outback Roos Facebook page. Hours will be Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.