According to Pump It Up, air is essential for a successful rowdy romp. During three fun-filled open-bounce sessions, children leap around gargantuan air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like legless snakes through an air-filled obstacle course, losing themselves in a world of multi-colored inflatamania. Pump It Up’s indoor air arena is climate-controlled and cleanly maintained according to rigorous guidelines set by a team of well-trained staff members. Parents play for free, so childless adults who want to play will need to borrow their neighbor’s kid or win one by collecting enough cereal-box tops. Open bounce times run during the day on Mondays and Fridays (10:30 a.m.–noon), and in the evening on Fridays and Sundays (5:30 p.m.–7 p.m.). Check the schedule and get ready to deck the walls with jolly bounces.
Funigan’s livens up family outings with an arsenal of attractions, including mini bowling, a 17-foot rock-climbing wall, and one of the largest Soft Play fun zones in North Carolina. The Family Fun Pack #2 grants any size group 12 individual attraction admissions and comes with 75 tokens to indulge the appetites of arcade games such as skeeball, whack-a-mole, and mini hoops. After summiting indoor mountaintops and uncovering the secret button combo to turn Mortal Combat characters into Greenpeace volunteers, famished gamers can power up on the large cheese pizza and pitcher of soda included in the Fun Pack.
The sound of feet slapping on the padded ground and little voices twisted by constant motion fill Xtreme Play. Jeff and Julie Austin, owners of the play center, have five children, so they are familiar with the busy chorus. The duo and its staff are also well prepared to keep an eye on youngsters as they bounce from inflatable obstacles or squeal down slides. At a miniature arcade, small hands grab Wii and PlayStation controllers, simulating adventures through castles and the civil-service tests to become a castle inspector. The babble of special events drifts from private party rooms, where pizzas fuel fetes.
From the vibrant tubes and slides of the multilevel FunZone playground to the squeal-inducing Tubs-of-Fun and Red Baron Bi-planes, FunStation2000's rides and games engage youngsters of all ages. As the Himalaya Rollercoaster speeds around its track, the laser-tag arena accommodates bouts between phaser-wielding teams. In the indoor batting cages, balls hurtle toward future home-run hitters and team mascots who need to practice dodging the swings of angry players. FunStation2000 continues enticing guests with a massive arcade and snack station full of treats including cheese pizzas, spicy popcorn chicken, and corn dogs.
In addition to accommodating spontaneous days of revelry, the center's staff hosts private parties, complete with game tokens, playtime, and pizza and cake served in the animal-themed party room.
Northcross Lanes at the Lake facilitates friendly competition for families, groups, and individuals with 40 bowling lanes, a laser-tag dome arena, and a full video arcade. Bright lights ricochet from skee-ball and air-hockey games, where players compete for tickets they can redeem for prizes at the game counter. Birthday party packages include food from the onsite kitchen, which serves cheeseburgers, hot sandwiches, and made-from-scratch pizzas. The 41st Lane Lounge hosts several pool tables along with regular karaoke and occasional sets from live bands.
Voted a favorite place for party services by Carolina Parent readers from 2010-2013, Bounce U welcomes kids to descend upon an inflatable, climate-controlled playground where they can bounce and ricochet in safety. Along with birthday parties and group outings, Bounce U hosts open-bounce sessions that let sock wearers of all ages imagine they're synchronized leapers in a futuristic moon performance as they carom around the inflatable stadium, expending energy with every leap. Adults are welcome to act like 8-year-olds and join the vivacious youngsters in the playground.
The inflatable arena also opens its buoyant doors to technology-themed bounce camps and programs, where boys and girls spend half their time with brain-bolstering projects such as creating their own stop-motion animation movies or reprogramming the remote to skip all news channels. After stretching the limits of their imaginations, kids then spend the other half of the day stretching the limits of their limbs on the inflatable playground.