is changing its name to Karts Indoor Raceway Family Fun Center and adding four new indoor amusement rides for kids that should be up and running in mid- to late February.
“We’ve always been predominantly adults. There wasn’t enough activity to hold the family,” says owner Lenny Elkins. That’s changing as he adds bumper cars, a Frog Hopper ride, the Mirror Maze and the Whip ride. The Frog Hopper is a six-person bench that takes riders up to the ceiling and bounces up and down; the Whip is a ride that speeds riders around a curve, Elkins says.
To fit the rides in the center, Elkins says the raceway track has been re-configured. The center will also be bringing back its junior track cars for kids 40 to 52 inches tall. It will add a prize redemption center where kids can exchange tickets earned at arcade video games for prizes.
The rides are likely to be part of a pay-one-price system, Elkins says. Prices have yet to be determined. Karts is at 701 Union Pkwy., Ronkonkoma. For more information, call 631-737-5278 or visit karts1.com.