|Photo of Mark Lassman at Hollywood Kiddieland, Chicago, June 1960.|
|Photo by: Walter Rieger|
The Klatzco family bought Novelty Golf and Games, in Lincolnwood in the mid-60s. Novelty has two miniature golf courses and a 19th hole, which was like a pinball game where you would shoot your golf ball and win a free round of golf if the ball went into the one and only hole in the center. The game room was packed full of pinball machines and later, video games, but it was a little on the small size. In later years, they built batting cages.
There were a couple of food concession stands and a small Souvenir Stand.
Like many other Chicagoland "Kiddie Parks," Hollywood Kiddieland had a fire truck that was used to pick up birthday party guests at their homes and deliver them to the amusement park. When the truck wasn't picking up partygoers, it was used as a ride in the park.
The Klatzco family closed Hollywood Kiddieland, the batting cages, and the miniature golf course in 1974 but continued to run Novelty Golf and Games (and still open at the Northwest corner of Devon and Lincoln Avenues in Lincolnwood, Illinois), where Buddy Klatzco was co-owner.
After the 25-year property lease expired in 1974, Hollywood Kiddieland was sold.
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.
NOTE: Bounce Land Trampoline Parks were around from the late 50s to the early 60s. One was on Devon Avenue just east of Lincoln Avenue on the Chicago side of Devon. Many people associate this Bounceland with Hollywood Kiddieland in Chicago, but as you can see from the map below, they are different businesses. Follow the link to Bounce Land above to see a map of where Bounce Land and Hollywood Kiddieland were located.