BRAINTREE, MA — The Braintree Planning Board unanimously approved allowing a family entertainment center with trampolines and virtual reality machines to open at the South Shore Plaza.

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Space Zero, is expected to open in August or September, on the first floor of the mall's Nordstrom wing. Frank Marinelli, a lawyer representing the company, told the board Tuesday, Space Zero will offer 10 trampolines and several virtual reality machines. The machines include a ski simulator, a motorcycle ride and a rock climbing machine with wind and weather effects.

"They're immensely realistic and entertaining, and everyone could use a little fun right now," Marinelli said.

The 7,400-square-foot space will also feature two rooms for birthday parties and other functions, though no food will be prepared at Space Zero.

Marinelli told the board entertainment complexes are getting more popular at malls, as online sales cut into profits of brick and mortar. "Businesses that sell something you can buy online as you all know, like the prior tenant of the space, are suffering," Marinelli said. "You cannot buy online the Space Zero trampoline experience."