“I’m so bored! There’s nothing to do!” My eight-year-old, Kennedy, was groaning while standing in the doorway of the kitchen.
Any parent of a child older than the age of 5 knows exactly what I was thinking at that moment. Her all-too-familiar act of exaggeration could be countered with my typical suggestions of helping me with housework, reading a book, playing with any of the toys that littered her bedroom floor, or God-forbid I suggest playing outside on the swing set that cost as much as a decent used car. But it would be pointless to even try because, as a parent, we all know that she just wanted me to entertain her.
My three-year-old daughter is still at that awesome age where her dad and I could give her a cardboard box full of foam peanuts and she would be entertained for hours. Our youngest, Harper, is only six-months old. Her only concern lately is figuring out how to catch one of the cats and put them in her mouth. She’s pretty ambitious.
Although we feel that we shouldn’t have to entertain our kids on a constant basis, their dad, Andy, and I both agreed that we really should make a better effort at implementing “family outing” days. To be fair to the kids, we hadn’t been participating in many family activities since the baby was born – going anywhere that isn’t necessary can quickly become overwhelming. And, like many other parents, we both work outside the home. So we asked the kids for suggestions. Naturally, Aylee’s only votes were to go to Grandma’s house and play, or go to Grandma’s house and watch Frozen. Kennedy elected for Tokens-N-Tickets (TNT), and she has such a magical way of suckering Aylee into agreeing to anything. So it was decided, and off we went.
To my delight, our family outing went a lot better than I had expected. Admission into TNT is free, and we brought along a couple coupons to save on buying tokens. Kennedy and her dad were intently consumed with trying to win the 456 ticket-jackpot on the “Wheel Deal Xtreme,” which they eventually accomplished. Aylee discovered a bounce house which was where she spent all of her time, and it only cost us $2. Harper was perfectly content hanging out in her stroller, looking at all the flashing lights and trying to figure out where the different noises were coming from. And me? I discovered the Treat Factory. I was impressed to find that TNT has 8 different flavors of frozen yogurt, 2 flavors of dairy-free sorbet, and 2 flavors of gelato. Just like you would find at YoYos or YumYums, TNT also has a full bar of toppings to add to your froyo, and they charge $0.47 an ounce which is the same price as many of the other froyo retailers in town. For guests who are not in the mood for froyo or an endless variety of Jelly Belly jelly beans, TNT also offers an extensive food menu with pretty reasonable prices.
During our trip, I also had the pleasure of speaking to the owners about their newer location. I was surprised to learn that TNT has actually been in business in Fort Wayne for over 21 years. The current owners, however, bought the Family Fun Center back in 2007 when it was still located next to the JoAnn Shopping Center. Back in June 2012, they had the opportunity to relocate to the old Joe’s Crab Shack building on Coldwater Road. They said that business has done much better since the move, and their constant updates inside the building shows that they keep putting the money back into the business to improve the overall customer experience.
All-in-all, if you are looking for a great family activity, Tokens-N-Tickets is a place that someone of any age can find some kind of entertainment. To find more info on everything they offer, please visit their website or find Tokens-N-Tickets on Facebook for exclusive offers and deals.
Now, we just need to figure out where to take the kids next time…any suggestions?