At Airway Fun Center, our mission is to provide a top-quality experience so that our guests – and their families – will be eager to return again in the future. We offer the best Kalamazoo bowling alley, a thrilling go kart track, a towering ropes course and labyrinthine laser tag arena.
With bowling birthday parties ranked first in popularity by kids, we’ve created a range of kids birthday party packages to make your event planning a breeze. We’ve also designed packages to simplify the organization of your charity event, family reunion, graduation party, holiday party or corporate event. When it comes to finding fun things to do in Kalamazoo for events or parties, Airway Fun Center is the area’s one-stop, go-to destination!
The history of Airway Fun Center
Airway Fun Center, known then as Airway Lanes, opened in 1958 as a 24-lane bowling center. In 1959, we added another 16 lanes, bringing it to a grand total of 40 and making it the largest bowling alley in Kalamazoo.
At the time, Airway Lanes had three bars: the main bar at the front entrance, the Long Branch at the west end of the building and the Twilight Room, located in the basement which was, at the time, the only nightclub in the area.
In 1977, we added another 16 lanes, which made us 56-lane bowling alley. Earning a reputation as the place to be, Airway Lanes hosted a number of state, regional and national bowling tournaments. Later on, in the mid-1980s, the Twilight Room closed and the basement area was converted into offices.
In 1997, AMF Bowling purchased Airway Lanes with a five-year lease on the building. At the conclusion of that lease, AMF closed the facility and reclaimed all of the equipment, leaving the building vacant. Shortly after that, in July 2003, Don Labrecque purchased the building and reopened Airway Fun Center that same December.
Don had a vision. He wanted to keep Airway Fun Center fresh and innovative. Over the years, he has added several attractions to make us what we are today. Originally opened with 40 lanes of bowling, a Quizno’s sandwich shop, bumper cars and an arcade area, Airway Fun Center has rapidly expanded. In 2004, we added laser tag. In 2006, we added go karts. In 2007, we added mini golf and the Brunswick scoring system. In 2008, we added laser maze. In 2009, we added Balladium. In 2010, we updated the redemption room and added an outdoor patio to complement the Taproom. In 2011, we added Time Freak. Every year, we are driven by the desire to constantly improve and expand on the list of fun things to do in Kalamazoo.
As a progressive company with many strengths, Airway Fun Center offers outstanding customer service, a family-friendly atmosphere and reasonably priced, year-round activities. Whether our guests are looking for a little family fun in Kalamazoo or a cutthroat evening of competitive laser tag, we take pride in our ability to cater to the interests of all people and all ages.
Along with our extensive league bowling business, we offer an impressive selection of party packages to cover any event imaginable. From kids entertainment and team building events to corporate outings and fundraisers, Airway Fun Center is a place where anyone can come to have a good time.