I heard that Brookfield play zone Fun World is set to close at the end of November. C'mon Fun World, let's not be hasty.
Last fall I wanted to take my boy out for an evening of fun and headed out to a batting cages place in New Berlin that, despite having an active phone number and Web site, was no longer to found. After driving blindly to a few other places in the dark, we ended up playing electronic drums at Guitar World and eating gelato at Brookfield Square.
Only later did we realize we'd driven right past exactly the kind of place we had been looking for in our wanderings ... Fun World!
The address is 620 Elizabeth Court, but really it's on Bluemound Road, pushed back a bit from the traffic, next to the Eble Park Ice Arena.
Inside, there's a mini-golf course, a big arcade, an indoor Ferris wheel (not kidding!) and a system of tubes and "pools" full of bouncy balls. There are also snacks on hand, of course.
We went one evening and had a blast and returned a few times after. Just the other day I received a request to return to Fun World and have been thinking about going back in the next week or so.
Now I realize that we'd better get back there quite a bit in the next few months because soon Fun World will close, because the owner is retiring. And then we'll be back on the prowl for a great place for fun.
If we don't find it, we'll have a blast on the V-Drums and eating gelato (although not at the same time).
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.