Ranger Tabatha and Cathy Parker pass the ball to Tabatinga’s new manager Tim Short.
Ranger Tabatha and Cathy Parker pass the ball to Tabatinga’s new manager Tim Short. Trevor Veale

Entertainment wonderland expands

THEY'VE kept kids occupied and caregivers happy for more than three years, now Tabatinga's Brian and Cathy Parker have announced a new chapter for the indoor entertainment wonderland.

"We've franchised the concept," Mrs Parker said.

"The idea actually got placed in our heads by the amount of people who asked us if we were already a franchise. We always had the plan of moving forward."

The original Tabatinga on Bray Street has been sold to the Short family, who own Hopscotch Child Care at Boambee.

This week they took the reins for the first time.

"Hopefully we'll introduce some extra activities, but apart from that, it'll stay the same," Tabatinga's new operations, manager Tim Short, said.

The first of Tabatinga's new venues is due to open at the Seagull Rugby League Club in Tweed Heads.

"We'll be moving to the Gold Coast to set up," Mrs Parker said.

She put the reason for Tabatinga's success down to its being a great concept.

"We're family entertainment, as opposed to just being a kids' centre.

"It's because we can have functions, we can have grandparents come in and play mini golf with their grandkids - we're really encouraging adults to interact with kids in this environment."

It's this concept that has led to the Parkers' new northern adventures in franchising.

Anyone interested in becoming a franchisee of Tabatinga should check out tabatinga.com.au.



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