San Diego Family Fun Center Announces Permanent Closure

January 4, 2022

After more than two decades operating as Boomers, the San Diego Family Fun Center reopened in September 2020 in Kearny Mesa, but the entertainment destination today announced its permanent closure.

"It is with great sadness that we inform you that Family Fun Centers San Diego has closed," read a post on the company's social media. "It has been our immense pleasure providing fun to our community for over 46 years. We would like to thank all of our customers and our loyal regulars for their love and passion for our brand. It is so special and so appreciated by us. We would like to especially thank the wonderful employees over the years who made this place what it was. We cannot thank you enough for your talent and friendship to our business and to our customers. It has been our privilege to be a part of this community and be a part of so many family fun memories, birthday parties, celebrations, or just a day out with friends. Thank you all for your patronage."

The parent company behind Boomers filed for bankruptcy in early 2020, resulting in the shut down of three San Diego locations, but the original owners revived the Kearny Mesa outpost later that year with its original name - San Diego Family Fun Center. Before becoming Boomers in 1998, the 5.5-acre site on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard near Interstate 805 in Kearny Mesa branch was the San Diego Family Fun Center, which was opened in 1974 by brothers John & Jim Huish. John Huish's sons, Scott and Shane Huish, took over the businesses and reopened the Clairemont Mesa Boulevard location with its original name on Saturday, September 5.cThe Huish family had plans to invest millions of dollars to renovate and modernize the Kearny Mesa property but the theme park never fully reopened due to the pandemic. 

In spring 2020, Apex Parks Group, which owned 4 Boomers Parks locations in San Diego, announced it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This resulted in the closure of Boomers branches in Kearny Mesa, El Cajon and Vista, although the North County outpost did reopen for a short time. The Huish family also owned the properties in La Mesa, Vista and El Cajon where the additional Boomers locations sat. Both the Boomers in La Mesa and Vista were essentially demolished, but the family also planned to reopen the mostly-intact El Cajon location. The El Cajon land has since been sold to a Toyota car dealership.

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