We don't know when we will ever get another Discovery Zone but one thing is certain -- if it ever opens up in this day and age, the kids can finally get to have some real fun rather than staying indoors and playing video games.
Remember those days when life was all about slides and cartoon shows, a bit of homework and maybe throwing crazy birthday parties? Well, when we say crazy, we are talking about us being kids in the 90s and heading out to Discovery Zone. Ah, the good old days of telling your parents about having your next birthday party location at the Discovery Zone.
If not your birthday, when one of your friends had a birthday party, it was all about ensuring that he/she chose Discovery Zone for the big event. And it didn't take much convincing for your parents to let you go there and have the time of your lives.
DZ Discovery Zone was a beautiful death trap for kids in the 90s and I miss it. pic.twitter.com/LnIQhfyM52— Danny Pellegrino (@DannyPellegrino) February 13, 2019
If you are a 2000s kid, you may have just missed out on easily the coolest indoor playground/arcade ever built. And honestly, it was gone too soon, taking our childhood fun away. However, the memories still last and it was definitely one of the best things to do for kids back then.
You had everything in there, be it tubes, slides, zip lines, ball pits, rubber-band jungles, moon rooms, and whatnot. It was found in 1990 and soon became an instant hit among kids. And as expected, the franchise grew quickly and there were at least 15 stores opened in 18 months.
Following the successful venture, in April 1993, Blockbuster Video invested $10.3 million into Discovery Zone to purchase 21% of the company. But let's not forget, it all happened in 1999 when the last Discovery Zone was shut down after being bought by Chuck-E-Cheese and thus ruining the birthday parties of many kids.
DZ! Discovery Zone! Discover what I can do o... OH GOD— Dave Hancock (@dhancock110) March 11, 2019
It is not just me who is reminiscing about Discovery Zone, people on Twitter often talk about how kids these days are missing out on real fun. Yes, video games and social media can be fun at times, but Discovery Zone was on a whole another level.
A Twitter user said: DZ Discovery Zone was a beautiful death trap for kids in the 90s and I miss it. Meanwhile, another added: I had at least 3 bdays there. When it was demolished in my town my brother and some of his friends took some of the tubes and made it artist home decor.
Who freaking remembers the discovery ZONE?!? 90s kids only pic.twitter.com/cwawJQI7hG— Elizabeth🌮🛸 (@theWIZkiid) January 9, 2015
A third said: OMG YAAAAS I WOULD BEG MY GRANDMA TO TAKE ME. I think we'd go to one in La Habra / Brea area. Good times. Check out the other reactions --
I have not thought about this place in like 22 years!!! What happened to it? It was so good! (All of this is odd, because I’m 26.)— Elizabeth Croce (@bergdorfgal) February 13, 2019
My god this place was glorious— Morning Cup of Joe ☕️ (@JRojek5) February 13, 2019
We know life goes on and we can't always have what we want, but Discovery Zone was indeed one of the greatest things that happened to us in the 90s. We don't know when we will ever get another Discovery Zone-themed birthday party but one thing is certain -- if it ever opens up in this day and age, the kids can finally get to have some real fun rather than staying indoors and playing video games.