Fun Station adds Dubuque location

Cedar Rapids-based Edwards Entertainment acquires Vertical Jump Park

Fun Station Dubuque
The Fun Station at Kennedy Mall in Dubuque, formerly known as the Vertical Jump Park, has been purchased by Edwards Entertainment Company. CREDIT FUN STATION DUBUQUE

The Vertical Jump Park in Dubuque has been acquired by Cedar Rapids-based Edwards Entertainment Company, which currently operates Fun Station family entertainment venues in Cedar Rapids and Eldridge.

In a Facebook post Wednesday, July 17, Edwards Entertainment officials said the Dubuque facility will be rebranded as “The Fun Station Dubuque.”

“Each year our facilities entertain over 500,000 guests at our existing locations, and we’re thrilled to bring our Fun Station brand to Dubuque and the entire tri-state region,” Edwards Entertainment President and CEO Nick Edwards said. “We believe we provide some of the best places in Iowa for families to play together and just enjoy some family fun in a safe and clean environment.”

Some plans are already in place for the Dubuque location, which first opened Dec. 1, 2016 at Kennedy Mall in Dubuque.

“Right from the start, guests will notice our revised pricing structure,” Mr. Edwards said. “Gone are the days of paying by the hour to have fun. All tickets are good for all-day fun, and you can leave and return the same day if you want. We think parents will like that option, especially when enjoying the rest of the Kennedy Mall.”

Fun Station memberships are available, and are good for unlimited visits at all Fun Station locations. Three different membership tiers are available.

Also, a Box Car Café will be serving over 55 different menu items at the Fun Station Dubuque location, including appetizers, pizza, flatbreads, wings, burgers and desserts.

Mr. Edwards said he plans to add a play maze to the Dubuque facility by mid-fall, and five other new attractions will be added, similar to the Fun Station’s other locations. The Fun Station Dubuque facility will continue to operate during the transition, he added.

The Fun Station family adventure parks began in 1993, when the Play Station opened at 200 Collins Road NE. The Play Station added a second location in December 2020, purchasing the former Eldridge Trampoline Park, and the Cedar Rapids and Quad Cities Play Station locations were renamed as Fun Stations in August 2022 as a means of differentiation from the popular Play Station video game consoles.