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Snoopers Bump N’ Tilt/Tons of Fun

By | Last Modified: December 8, 2017
Snoopers Tons of Fun & Giovanni’s Pizza

Snoopers was a children-centered entertainment company serving under two distinct brands: Tons of Fun and Bump N’ Tilt.

The original, Bump N’ Tilt, opened in 1991 at 3100 N 11th, northeast of Century High School. It got its name from the center’s signature indoor bumper cars, but also featured a full arcade. Snoopers had taken over a previous business called “Bump and Tilt Family Fun Center” that operated on the site between, at least, 1982 until August 1991.

Located at 711 E Sweet Avenue, Tons of Fun opened in 1994 upon purchasing a former appliance store called Rosenbaum’s for $300,000 and converting the building to house the entertainment center.

Bump N’ Tilt and “Tons of Fun” both operated concurrently for a short time before the original shuttered. Jointly, the operations were referred to as Snoopers Family Fun Center. While Bump N’ Tilt focused mainly on arcade games, Tons of Fun featured an indoor three-level children’s playground, along with a game room, concessions, and banquet facilities. Tons of Fun later also housed Giovanni’s Pizza, who relocated from a previous location at the intersection of 16th Street and Thayer Avenue.

Tons of Fun shuttered in 2015 and is expected to be replaced by Bisman Community Food Coop. The building originally housed an electronics and appliance store called Rosenbaum’s.

5 Comments

  1. Arno gillis

    August 22, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    My father served in US Army for three years from 1930 to 1933 at Ft. Lincoln. He met my mother in Bismarck. He returned from Iowa in 1934 and they were married in Bismarck in July of that year.

  2. Nocturnal

    March 9, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    I am rather certain that Bump N Tilt existed prior to 1990 as I hung out there a lot before.

    • Randy Hoffman (admin)

      March 10, 2017 at 7:44 am

      Thank you for your comment. The Bismarck Tribune article also states 1990 as the founding date. Perhaps, it was a different business at the location prior?

      “Renae Doan, owner of Snoopers, said closing the business will be bittersweet. The Doans started the business in 1990, moving to its current location in 1994.”

    • chuck

      November 30, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      right i use to go there in the 80s when i was a kid …miss those days

  3. Randy Hoffman (admin)

    December 3, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Just in follow-up to previous comments. I have confirmed that a business called “Bump and Tilt Family Fun Center” existed in the building before Snoopers. It closed in August 1991 before re-opening as Snoopers.

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