OmniFun has sent out a farewell e-mail to families informing them that the business will close on May 23 (May 22nd will be the last day of operations). The full message and additional information can be seen below.
We are sorry to announce that OmniFun will close its door on May 23rd. It is a painful decision that may disappoint a lot of families. But it is more and more apparent that OmniFun, as a business, won’t be sustainable during the era of Covid.
OmniFun was fortunate enough to provide quality joy times and good memories to so many families. We are always grateful for everyone’s support.
OmniFun will be open as normal until May 22nd. If you will visit us before we close, we hope you could take a picture of your happy child at OmniFun one last time.
We wish you and your family all the best!
After three years in business, OmniFun Indoor Play Center at 831 Russell Ave Gaithersburg, which boasted having “one of the largest ball pits in Montgomery County,” is closing. The location’s assets, including a three-level indoor jungle gym, arcade machines, toys and general household items, are up for auction through Capital Online Auctions.
Owner Mike Tian says the business could not recover after the coronavirus pandemic brought his business to a standstill. “The business was a success on the first day we were open,” he told Capital Online. “It served as a sweet spot for kids to socialize with others and for parents to relax and have a chat. We were very well received and recognized by the community. We had parents traveling hours to OmniFun every weekend. Our birthday parties were fully booked every weekend.”
“We struggled a lot with a balance between being a sustainable business and the safety of the community and our staff,” said Tian. “As a business, we needed large crowds to be profitable, but as a parent, I always asked myself, ‘Do I want to take my kids there with this many people?’ The state and county set the capacity limit, but we operated even below the limit all the time to avoid larger crowds.” Tian said initially he was hopeful the business would recover once the pandemic passed, but as months stretched to years, ultimately the business became unsustainable. “When we started building up this business, my kids were three and six years old. We wanted to build something that they could really enjoy and be proud of,” he said. “We had a lot of good times here, even during COVID. All the support and positive feedback from so many families