It's a good idea to arrive early at Movie Tavern, and not only if you hate missing the opening credits. Early birds can peruse the extensive menu of chef-crafted American cuisine, from kobe beef sliders to pizza and sandwiches. But even after the show begins, the snacks keep coming. Unobtrusive servers slip in during the show to deliver orders, and can be called on for more drinks or dessert with the push of a button. Guests can even sip margaritas or signature cocktails at the full bar before heading in to the theater. The family-friendly establishment also serves finger food for kiddies.
As for the entertainment, audiences get to enjoy all-digital presentations of first-run films any day of the week, plus Retro Cinema every Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Audiences also benefit from Movie Tavern's membership program.
Anyone can sign up for free online to receive one free bag of popcorn, plus a free ticket every year on their birthday, special offers, movie news, and invites to screenings and other special events.
Stepping into the Roller Dome Skate Center is like traveling back in time to the 1950s. The two retro rinks on the north and south side of town are still run by original owner Marg Wall—now in her 90s—who is proud to say that the centers' gleaming floors and '50s decor still draw skaters of all ages. But some things have changed. Amid modern amenities including with air conditioning, advanced sound systems, and lighting, skaters can enjoy turns round the rinks during open-skating sessions and special events, such as birthday parties and family nights. The seasoned instructors teach newbies how to skate during group lessons, and in speed-skating sessions, skaters learn how to quickly race around the track, practicing avoiding banana peels left by gorillas in go-karts. Both centers also offer on-site pro shops, where guests can outfit their skates with colorful wheels and skate bags.
Putt-Putt Fun Center combats the doldrums with the triumvirate of putt-putt golf, go-karts, and arcade games. The center boasts three themed putt putt golf courses, one of which rumbles the ground under golfers’ feet with a volcano that regularly spews a ball of fire 20 feet into the air after the sun sets. Meanwhile in the Race Zone, go-karts zip around a track designed to accommodate all ages of driver, and double-seated family karts allow underage riders to tag along. The arcades allows guests to continue the simulation of extreme experiences with games such as Big Buck Hunter Safari, which helps players to feel the hunter-gatherer’s feeling of elation at a kill or shame at having to return home with rock stew. After a long day of activity, the center’s Snack Shack facilitates the scarfing of pizza, hot dogs, and soft pretzels, which can be washed down with a bottled Coke.:m]]
Inspired by the lotus flower, whose seeds find stability in grimy pond water before blossoming into beautiful flowers, Lotus Yoga, Wellness & Gallery mirrors this journey through its art gallery, yoga classes, and massage studio. The gallery's hardwood floors mirror its wood ceiling, between which clean white walls and a curved display wall in the center of the room allow the artwork they display to pop with crystal vividness. Through all its endeavors, including gallery events and workshops, the destination seeks to establish a community of compassion among its staff and patrons.
The yoga studio teaches the breathing- and movement-based Vinyasa style to practitioners of all skill levels in standard class settings. For an individualized wellness experience, instructors conduct personal-training sessions as therapists administer chiropractic treatments and massages.
American Style Ballroom's founder Patric Didier has light tripped his way to a couple of Indiana Classic wins, a few gigs dancing for the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and several commercial appearances. When he's not coaching professional competitive dancers, Patric teaches budding dancers of all skill levels how to gracefully hit the floor. Along with co-owner Jeanne Cross—a veteran instructor with more than 30 years of experience—the light-footed duo and its team lead private and group lessons at the studio's two locations. Students of any skill level pound the boards in styles ranging from raucous swing to elegant Viennese waltz to the slightly less elegant Viennese waltz on stilts. American Style Ballroom also hosts practice dance parties to give guests a chance to air out their new moves.
Ultrazone Family Entertainment crafts adrenaline-filled afternoons, birthday parties, and events with a laser-tag arena and myriad in-house or rentable games and carnival attractions. Neon lights cast a hazy glow over the obstacles filling the state-of-the-art laser-tag battlefield, where combatants wield light-emitting artillery in 25-minute bouts. Guests and confused mountain goats scale the rock-climbing simulator overlooking the main hall's arcade and pinball games. The facility opens up the funscapades to birthday parties, complete with soda, Papa John's pizza, and two rounds of laser tag. Shindigs get customized with carnival rentals such as themed moonwalks, portable rock-climbing walls, and inflatable suits for sumo-wrestling matchups or attending balloon-animal weddings.
Canlan Ice Sports has three NHL-sized rinks, and all three receive their fair share of carvings during professional skating lessons, open-skate sessions, and high-intensity hockey leagues. Of the many offerings, the center’s weeklong hockey camps develop trainees' agility and shooting skills, just as its three-on-three youth-hockey leagues pit one inadequate barbershop quartet against another. Regardless of the reason for arrival, visitors can always grab food and refreshments at the Thirsty Penguin, a full-service restaurant and bar that overlooks the rinks and doubles as a secret meeting spot for Batman’s roundest nemesis. For off-ice excitement, guests can visit the inflatable playground, freely traversing the double-sided slide and other components comprising the bouncy playland.
The flowing waters of the Maumee River gird the northernmost fairways of River City Links' 18-hole putting course, inviting misaimed golf balls to plop alongside the aquatic artery’s cargo ships floating to Lake Erie. The waterway nestles alongside the course without cutting through it, enabling the course to maintain its straightforward layout. This, in turn, lets golfers focus on the fundamentals of their game without the distraction of elaborate hazards such as lava pits and ball-eating goats. After a relaxing day on the course, players can lounge on the clubhouse’s white wraparound deck and look out over the river, listening to the breeze that whispers through the weeping willows.
Science Central teaches all ages about scientific methods with hands-on exhibits and activities. An admission-granting membership, which provides free admission to two adults and six children under 18, opens the learning shutters so parents and children can discover how to think scientifically. Permanent exhibition schedules rotate on weekdays, Saturdays, and Sundays and feature a tidal pool, giant slide, moonwalk, the Mind's Eye Gallery of interactive puzzles, and the Prediction Gallery, which lets kids be pretend-meteorologists pretending to predict pretend weather. The current temporary exhibit area will be filled with Me–The Medical Marvel, 1,500 feet worth of brain kernels about blood, old-timey medical devices, nutrition, AIDS, and the relationship between height and the ability to spell, for the duration of 2010. Preview a virtual museum here.
No matter their age or chosen discipline of dance, students can practice and learn their art at K. Monique's Studio of Dance. Instructors lead classes in a variety of styles, including jazz, lyrical and modern dance, hip-hop, ballet, and tap. Instructors also lead a number of fitness and health conscious classes, which range from Zumba to Pilates, Piloxing crossover classes that fuse Pilates and boxing, and boot camps that help burn calories with interval training drills.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Rave Motion Pictures screens the summer blockbusters in 20 auditoriums outfitted with stadium seating. The theaters' digital projectors allow projectionists to easily play such gripping tales as Scream 4, a documentary about Sidney Prescott's return to Woodsboro, where Ghostface threatens the townspeople's safety (movies playing subject to change). Stretch out while watching as rows are spaced 48 inches apart from one another, one for each of the states recognized by most public-school systems. Check showtimes online for all the movies screening throughout the summer.
Set your strike ball loose on any of the 32 spacious lanes at Crazy Pinz, all of which are surrounded by a mass quantity of flat-screens and projection screens. As you catch a sports game on the surrounding videoscape, track your real-life championship with the center's state-of-the-art scoring system. Though not included in the Groupon, if hunger and thirst start splitting your stomach, pick up some spare eats at Coconutz, a full-service eatery on site, or squelch desires for deliciousness at the Snack Shack, a stop-'n'-go destination dedicated to fueling today's unsung American heroes—children.
Madeleines Bakehouse takes its inspiration from the French treat known as a madeleine—a shell-shaped cake with a buttery crust and sponge-like texture. Originating in the city of Commercy in the 18th century, madeleines earned their name when a girl named Madeleine baked a batch that made it to the mouth of Louis XV's wife, who shared them with a loveable stray who would later win the world's heart by starring in Homeward Bound. This deal gets you a dozen of these majestic pastries, superb for dunking into an afternoon tea or submerging into your backyard pool of chocolate. Madeleines Bakehouse uses local and organic eggs in all of its recipes—including banana bread, coffee cake, and chocolate bouchon—ensuring high levels of vitamins and a soft richness.
Northwood Cinema Grill one-ups traditional date nights by infusing a digital movie theater with a sit-down eatery's comfort and full menu. Before shows begin, diners can chatter with friends at round tables or countertop seating stacked atop tiered levels as a wait staff brings appetizers and conveys the menu through complex shadow puppetry. Then the silver screen lights up with a blockbuster, and diners distract their mouths with a veggie pizza, which groans under a heap of mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, black olives, and green peppers ($7.25 small; $12.25 large). Mozzarella and marinara sauce blanket the chicken parmesan snuggled into a pillowy sub ($8.75), and bacon cheeseburgers ($8.75) augment action scenes and make for aerodynamic torpedoes to launch at imposing villains. Final credits herald the beloved Chocolate Confusion cake's ($4.50) happy gastronomic ending.