Kids Empire Entertainment Center Comes to Bayshore

The climbing area in a Kids Empire location. Credit: Children’s Empire

Less than a week later bay shore Announced plans For a new movie theater and bowling alley operator to reopen the space previously occupied by iPic Entertainment, the Glendale mall says it will also add a children’s entertainment venue to its list of tenants.

Based in West Hollywood kids empire will open its first Wisconsin location next summer on the north end of the property, across from The Cheesecake Factory. The 11,125-square-foot space was previously leased by a LensCrafters store.

Kids Empire is a safe, indoor children’s entertainment center featuring mazes, slides, carnival rides, creative building games, climbing, bouncing, and ball pits. In addition to a large, multi-level playground, the site will include a smaller playground for babies and toddlers, according to a press release.

The company has 39 locations currently open and four opening soon in 10 states. The venues are “screen-free environments” with activities for children of all ages. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

“We are thrilled to bring Kids Empire to Bayshore and offer fun interactive activities for families while creating new memories,” said Mary Mokwa, senior general manager of Bayshore.

Kids Empire offers reservations for birthday parties, with options for pre-packaged food, bottled drinks and other gifts. The venue will partner with local pizzerias, caterers and bakeries, allowing groups to customize the party’s food and beverage selection.

Kids Empire was represented by Real estate in Central America in the lease. based in Irving, Texas identification study 4 will head the architecture and design work for the space.

The new entertainment center will be located on Calle de ACX Cinemas‘ recently announced a 42,951-square-foot movie theater, bowling alley and restaurant, also scheduled to open next summer. Former tenant iPic closed its Bayshore movie theater and bowling alley four years ago, and the space has sat empty ever since.

Both entertainment concepts are the latest additions to the newly remodeled Bayshore. For the past several years, owner Cypress Equities has invested millions of dollars in the reduction of the commercial space of the mall and the demolition or conversion of existing buildings for other uses. Bayshore has attracted a wave of new tenants, including Nike, Total Wine & More, Target and Crumbl Cookies. A cult restaurant was built on the north side of the property, along with the 311-unit Bayshore Residences apartment development under construction.

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