Neon-clad kids and adults run behind brightly colored bunkers with blasters in hand, ready to pelt their friends and family with a slew of foam darts. These partygoers are about to experience the fun of Dart Em Up Waco, an indoor family entertainment center that features foam dart battle arenas.
Owners, Eric and Nora Zadnik are ready to give Central Texas residents a place to play that is not only fun for all ages but is also a place to come together as a family or with friends away from distractions.
“We’ve been to a lot of parties where family members are on their phones and not engaged with each other,” Eric Zadnik said. “So, it’s really fun to watch parents [at our location] go from the sidelines to grabbing a blaster and diving behind bunkers with their kids.”
The couple wants patrons of Dart Em Up Waco to have a completely immersive experience when they enter the doors of their entertainment center on Robinson Rd., off of Loop 340.
“When you come in, the employees walk you through the whole process,” Nora Zadnik said. “It’s always moving, it’s always organized, the music is playing; it’s one of the most fun things you’ll ever do.”
Dart Em Up Waco has one large arena and one smaller arena and can be booked for birthday parties, corporate events, team building activities and more. Patrons can also walk in and pay or register online for an hour of play. The entertainment center also includes an arcade with a store for redeeming prizes and is slated to offer beer, wine and concession stand snacks.
And if you’re looking for a fun date night activity, Dart Em Up Waco also hosts Adult Nights on Saturdays.
While giving Waco area residents a great place to play and be entertained is part of the Zadnik’s vision, they also want to make a difference in the community with their business.
“We have partnered with Foster Village and the Isaiah 1:17 house to provide free birthday parties for local foster kids,” Nora said. “Our other goal is to hire kiddos that are aging out of the system. We want to mentor them and help them be successful in life.”
For more information about this entertainment center and the packages they offer, visit www.dartemup.com, call (254) 836-6124 or stop by 1208 N. Robinson Dr., Waco, TX 76706.
Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects.