COLLEGEVILLE - The Collegeville Pit Stop offers a guaranteed fun afternoon with numerous attractions and an individual style.
Located at the beginning of Germantown Pike in Collegeville, the facility is easily visible with its giant ice cream cone, 1/8 mile go-kart track and airplanes.
This family fun spot also has an 18-hole mini golf course, batting cages, a snack shop, an arcade and much more.
The family-owned and -operated business is about to make some new additions.
"You have to keep changing a place like this," said owner Jim Kenney. He said he's always trying to improve the place and make things more interesting for the public. The same local audience needs to see new things, he explained.
New go-karts just arrived on Saturday from J & J Amusements. The newer models are faster and more responsive, but still as safe as the previous cars. The golf course has been made a little more challenging, and a big waterfall was added.
Bumper boats start construction in a few weeks. A caboose and carousel are also on the way.
Kenney plans to restore the carousel first. His plan is to have each horse painted by a different person or organization in the community.
"We have a lot of talent in this area," said Kenney. "As the carousel is being restored, the community is involved with it."
The "drive-in" is being moved to a different part of the park. Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, free movie classics such as "The Wizard of Oz" and "Aladdin" are shown. The drive-in is fairly authentic, except with lawn chairs instead of cars.
The arcade and party rooms were currently redone. Jessica Curtis painted murals of cartoons in the two party rooms and the main building.
Pavilions with picnic groves are also going to be added for more corporate and business parties. Kenney hopes to have solar panels in the pavilions supply some electricity for the place in the near future.
"If the whole community is prospering, it spreads," Kenney said.
Kenney claimed that King Kone, the ice cream parlor, has "the best soft ice cream and water ice you can get."
One of the best aspects of the Collegeville Pit Stop is all the visuals. Kenney has compiled quite a collection of interesting memorabilia. From statues to movie cutouts, the entire place has the feel of an amusement park/wax museum. It's an overall fun experience to walk through and look around, while also enjoying the featured attractions.
"Everyone that comes out here is my guests - my audience," Kenney said.
One piece of art is a monument representing life. The structure shows a student at school dreaming of what he wants to do in life ... sled, skate, fly. A parking meter represents how life expires. Kenney says the piece is meant to represent how "life is shorter than we realize so we just have to enjoy it." The message is to live life to the fullest.
The Spot has had many satisfied customers since its opening in 1998. The oldest go-karter has been 82. Kids as young as 3 can be passengers, but 4 is the minimum driving age.
Saturday and Sunday are the busiest days. Kenney is planning on starting some mid-week specials for families to spend time together.
"We just wanted to build a place for families to come to feel comfortable," Kenney said.
The Pit Stop is open year-round. Summer hours are 10 am to 10 pm. For more information, call 610-489-5974.