Lost in Fun! experiencing fewer guests since pandemic
Owner: "We need the community, we need the kids, and we can make it in a certain way that it is safe to be here."
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Lincoln amusement center Lost in Fun! has struggled to draw visitors since COVID-19 hit the U.S.
Once flooded with joyful children, Lost in Fun is now seeing a fraction of the guests it hosted before the cororavirus, a sobering reality for the party center’s owners.
“It’s very sad,” Lost in Fun owner Monica Lieske said. “We have put so much effort into this place. We change things all the time. We have things that we think people are going to like it and kids will love it.”
Lieske, who owns Lost in Fun with her husband, Scott, says that they would host as many as 100 visitors during a typical weekday. On weekends, they would come close to its 300 person capacity.
Because of social distancing guidelines, max occupancy at Lost in Fun is now 15o people. The Lieskes say that it’s a rare occurrence when they get more than 30 or 40 patrons in a day.
Carol Brown, a grandmother of eight, says that Lost in Fun is a “gem” in the community and feels that it is especially important for young families.
“Every time [her grandkids] come to town, to visit grandma and grandpa, we bring them [to Lost in Fun] because that was the first thing out of their mouths when they come into the door, ‘When are we going to Lost in Fun?'” Brown said.
Brown says her grandchildren are very aware of the dangers of coronavirus.
“The kids, they know about COVID,” Brown said. “They absolutely talk about it and say it’s become a part of their lives.”
She also believes it’s important to support local businesses in the community like Lost in Fun in order to ensure that they are able to survive the economic impact the pandemic has had.
“It’s very, very important to get back to our lives and if we need to make adjustments to do that, I think that’s what we’re supposed to promote and we should help these businesses out so we can get them back to where they were pre–COVID,” Brown said.
Lieske says cleanliness has always been a priority for the Lost in Fun staff and even more so since the coronavirus. All visitors have their temperature checked upon entry, equipment is constantly fogged and sanitized, and visitors over the age of five are asked to wear masks.
“Unfortunately, people are afraid. I get it, but we need their support. We need the community, we need the kids, and we can make it in a certain way that it is safe to be here,” Lieske said.