Temple of Fun will open its doors on March 6 and will offer affordable games for children aged 12 and under.
Marcella Bird, director of the centre, in Unit 1 on Wood Street, said it has been a year of preparation, but along with her business partners, which include Gary Perkins of Darwen Bars and Leisure, she is excited to welcome the people to the center, which is the only one of its kind in the town.
She said: “We have a sensory room that we will rent out for group activities.
“We have also contacted local schools should they wish to use it for their SEN provision and similarly if anyone else is interested in booking they can get in touch.
“There is a party room and function room upstairs, a dining room downstairs, we have a kitchen that serves food and drinks, a toddler area and a baby area, and then the main area for kids ages four to 12” .
The main area in the center is the Temple Zone, which is themed after an old Central American temple and has been designed to keep the older ones busy at all times.
It contains a two-lane corrugated slide, a tube slide, balance beams, hanging snakes, log climbs, and net drags.
Marcella added: “We had a contest to name the mascot for the center and we got the kids to submit their designs, which we shortlisted to four, and Darwen the Dragon won.
“Local artist Curly has painted the last four pets on the walls above and has created murals for the ground floor.
“There is nothing like this in Darwen, nothing for the local children and certainly no sensory provision in Darwen.
“The nearest places are in Blackburn or Bolton.”
Marcella said there is a lot of buzz about the opening of the Temple of Fun and people in Darwen are excited to attend.
And at just £5.95 for children for a two-hour play, a day at the center is affordable for all families. A discount is even offered if people can prove that they have traveled to the center by public transport.
Temple of Fun has created around 25 jobs for people in the local area and will be open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm
For more information, visit the Temple of Fun website.