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Multimillion-dollar indoor adventure park coming to Sterling

ZavaZone’s Rockville location offers fun for kids and adults alike. Facebook/ZavaZone
The brains behind a popular Rockville indoor adventure park are bringing the concept to northern Virginia and then, hopefully, beyond.

ZavaZone, which houses rope courses, climbing walls, ninja warrior courses and trampolines, is slated to open on Nov. 4 at Oakbrook Court in Sterling, a former indoor basketball facility.

ZavaZone's new 34,000-square-foot location will feature equipment from wall to wall and also boast higher ceilings than its Rockville location, additional party rooms and a new feature, “The Zipinator,” a cross between a zipline and a roller coaster.

Co-owners Joe Henry and Josh Oboler said they picked the site after looking at the area's demographics, which are similar to Rockville's where they've had success, attracting over 100,000 people every year.

“The premises in Sterling fit all the criteria we were looking for,” Henry said. “It's going to be very cool. All the activities center around motion, fun in motion.”

“One price gets you everything. We call it an indoor adventure park. I think we are the only ones using that phrase,” Oboler added.

Henry and Oboler, who live in D.C., have been in business together for almost 20 years. They started out as Montessori teachers and eventually set up their own schools. They now operate six schools in the Washington D.C. metro area and also own two art galleries.

The idea for ZavaZone came around two years ago. Henry and Oboler were in a family entertainment venue with their children when they started talking about how unaccommodating it was. The WiFi was bad and the venue was very loud. “Why can't someone do it better?” Henry said he asked Oboler.

That sparked a conversation about setting up an indoor activity center that could appeal to the whole family.

The duo said ZavaZone is designed to accommodate adults who might not want to take part in the hands-on activities. It features a “parent zone” with big-screen TVs, areas to work on laptops, along with free tea and coffee.

They also run adult-only nights and say the adventure park is designed for anyone aged 5 to 105, although some activities have weight restrictions.

Admission starts at $19.50 for one hour, $34 for two hours and $44 for three hours.

The founders estimate ZavaZone will bring over 100 jobs to the area. Henry and Oboler said they are actively hiring.

There's also major expansion plans in the pipeline. Henry said they are looking to move into Baltimore and the Springfield area. Franchisees are on offer, and so far there's been interest spanning along the East Coast, from New York to Georgia.

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