Hours after an adult pajama party held over the weekend at Krazy Kidz (an "entertainment center" like Chuck E. Cheese's) had parents furious after photos of naked people on a dance floor inside the children's entertainment center were posted online, a Riverhead business has stated they have no connection with the business — and that not all "play places" should be considered the same.
"We would like to make a statement in regards to the unfortunate situation going on with Krazy Kidz of Medford," said Stephanie Shin, owner of Safari Adventure on Pulaski Street in Riverhead. "It has come to our attention that comments had been posted on social media that Safari Adventure is affiliated with Krazy Kidz. We would like to be clear that Safari Adventure is not affiliated with Krazy Kidz of Medford and Safari Adventure is independently owned and operated."
Dawn Betke, a local mom and publisher of Riverhead Macaroni Kid, added that as a parent she was "saddened that Krazy Kidz of Medford used such poor judgement in renting out their facility. They have lost the trust of the community and that is not something they will easily gain back. I do think it is unfair however to lump all of the Island's 'play places' together, and assume that things like this go on after hours at them all."
Betke said she has known Shin for over a year. "Rest assured things like this are not going on after hours at Safari Adventure," she said. "Stephanie not only cares deeply for her patrons and their children but also the reputation that her business holds in our community. She has set the bar for high standards in her business category, and raises it daily in my opinion. My son and I often frequent Safari Adventure, and I am one hundred percent satisfied with the level of cleanliness and atmosphere."
Safari Adventure is also a site sponsor for Riverhead Macaroni Kid, Betke said. "I would never feature and promote a business I wasn't one hundred percent comfortable with."
A flyer for the Medford party, which ran until 3 a.m., was posted on meetup.com and was billed as a "Jungle Gym & Pajama Party All-Night Dance Party: For Grownups Who Won't Grow Up." It was said to include pillow fights, crazy maze races, a Twister contest and body painters.
"There will be no orgy, smut, strippers, or sexually lewd content....however...there will be tasteful nudity," the flyer reads.
"Absolutely no cameras allowed," the flyer says, but some party-goers apparently didn't not obey that rule as photos from the party at the Horseblock Road facility leaked online. One of them shows two scantily clad women inside a jungle gym. Another shows a man and woman apparently fully nude on a dance floor.
"I think it is disgusting for a children's play area to be used for anything but a children's area," said Allison B., of Farmingville. "I've seen the clearly nude photos and read the invite including warm jello wrestling. My kids will definitely not be going here again."
Krazy Kidz responded to the controversy on its Facebook page Tuesday morning.
"In order to help meet regular expenses the facility was rented to a private group for a benefit costume party," a post reads. "The photo in question actually shows a person in the background wearing a body stocking Eve costume. This event was no different that an ordinary Halloween party that you would hold at your home. As always, that facility has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized with a fogging spray and we continue to pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our facility."
The company said no staff from Krazy Kidz was involved in the event and its "private party facility rental policy is currently under review to prevent any such misunderstandings from occurring in the future."
Krazy Kidz said it would be closed on Tuesday for additional cleaning and sanitizing "to further restore the public's trust."
"The staff at Krazy Kidz continues to apologize for the obvious lack of judgment that has resulted in everyone's concerns and comments," another Facebook post reads.
Melissa Webster, of Holbrook, told Patch she didn't have a problem with the type of adult party that was held, but that the venue was not appropriate.
"I would never bring my children to a place that would use a children's facility for adult entertainment," Webster said. "The icing on the cake for us parents, is Krazy Kidz's response. They claim to not know anything about the nudity or type of party being held. Where is their common sense?"