FUNWORKS! HISTORYFUNWORKS! is a Family Entertainment Center based in Modesto, CA. It has been in continuous operation in Modesto since 1960. Originally located near the corner of Floyd and McHenry, Putt-Putt Golf, as we were known until 1995, operated one of the first miniature golf courses in the Central Valley of California. In 1968, Putt-Putt Golf relocated "way out" Floyd Avenue at Old Oakdale Road. At that location Putt-Putt opened the first batting cages, bumper cars and trampoline thing in the area.
In 1989, next to the Putt-Putt Golf on Floyd Avenue, the first FUNWORKS! opened in astrip center called Copper Pointe Plaza. FUNWORKS! wasa 5,000 square foot game room focused on a new style of coin-operated gaming called Redemption Games. FUNWORKS! was the first business to operate ticket giving, interactive gaming in Stanislaus County. In fact, the concept was so new and unfamiliar to Modesto Police, soon after opening, the Modesto Police Department Vice Squad investigated FUNWORKS! for operating gambling equipment! The police found that FUNWORKS! only operated and still only operates coin-operated games of skill and amusement which are family-centered.
In 1990, FUNWORKS! opened a location in Turlock, CA at the corner of Geer and Monte Vista. In December, 1994, construction began on the present day FUNWORKS! on Coffee Road in Modesto. In July, 1995, the new, 18-acre FUNWORKS! opened with a wide variety of attractions including: The only triple level go-carttrack in California, 54 holes of Putt-Putt Golf, Bumper Boats with squirters, a nine-station batting cage, the Pizza Company, Freddy's Tree House, The Game Zone, the Prize Counter, and Laser Tag. In 1998, FUNWORKS! Turlock relocated on West Main St next to the theatre.
Since 1995, FUNWORKS! Modesto replaced it's Laser Tag arena with the FUNWORKS! Teddy Bear Factory, Bump-N-Tag Bumper Cars and the FUN WORK Community Conference Room. We have also added "The Rock" Climbing Wall, an enclosed Prize Zone Store, Highway 66 Bowling, a Full-Service Pizza Parlour, Freddy's Farm and Modesto's Corn Maze…and in 2010 our FUNWORKS! RC Raceway!
In 2012, FUNWORKS! closed the Turlock location and added Spin Zone Bumper Cars and 2 more lanes of Highway 66 Bowling!