NEBS Fun World in Oshawa saying good-bye to Go-Karts, hello to three-world Mini-Putt

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Published January 18, 2023 at 9:31 am

NEBS Fun World is saying goodbye to Go-Karts this April after 23 years with a three-world, 18-hole Mini-Putt arriving this fall to replace it.

The bowling alley and amusement centre has been entertaining families since 1987 and while the core business is bowling – they offer 5-Pin and 10-Pin (and Cosmic Bowl) and have hosted many major competitions in the past, including the Youth Bowling National Championships last year – NEBS has something to offer for all ages and interests.

Since the facility opened NEBS has added bumper cars, virtual reality, a giant play centre for kids, rides such as Sky Screamer and Halo and an arcade that is a part of the memories of every child who grew up in Oshawa.

The Go-Karts, however, were nearing the end of their lifespan and require major upgrades (and extra insurance) that would have made it prohibitively expensive to operate, according to a NEBS spokesman. Built with special hand-made tires to cut down on black dust, the karts were one of the first electric go karts in the world and the only go karts with a pressure sensitive bumper.

Go-Karts at NEBS

The last day for the Go-Karts will be April 10.

NEBS Fun World fans have been clamouring for an indoor roller rink and while the family-owned company has considered the idea, roller skaters will have to wait for a future date to skate. In the meantime, NEBS and their partners at Imagination Corporation – a B.C.-based company specializing in creating fanciful (but functional) sculptures for the amusement industry – have been working for a year to bring a “world class” mini putt course to Durham Region.

The 18-hole course will feature three different worlds:

  • Castle golf – The journey through this storybook adventure starts as you pass through a 35-foot castle. As you go through this course you will encounter dragons, swords and lots of medieval fun.
  • Nautical Exploration Beneath Surface (NEBS) – Ever wondered what a 20 foot tall fish submarine would look like? This whimsical course will show you all the imaginative ways to travel on the open seas.
  • Jade City – Discover this once great city lost to time. As you play though this abandoned city you can see how nature has begun to take it back. Make your last shot count as the last hole culminates into a wishing well.

The mini-putt course is expected to be open by the end of the year.

The Playground Carousal at NEBS Fun World

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