Walking into Rolling Thunder Skating Center feels a lot like walking into an indoor carnival: there are rides inside, an arcade with video games and skeeball, and there's even a mural of a rollercoaster on the walls. Still, the center's core identity pulses on the groove of pure roller fun, boasting an expansive rink and its own pizzeria. Around the whole scene, skaters can glide and groove to Top-40 tunes. Parents can join kids on the rink, or watch from the booths in the seating area to ensure that their kids are safe and aren't mouthing any lyrics to Will Smith's Parent's Just Don't Understand.
On Friday and Saturday nights, the black lights flicker on, and Happy Types Family Fun Center opens for cosmic bowling, where bowlers shoot for 300 on lanes equipped with optional bumpers. Along with family-friendly bowling open throughout the week, the center also features a huge variety of indoor and outdoor games and activities. Go-carts tear around the track year-round, and families can hone their batsmanship at batting cages, clubsmanship on the mini golf course, and climbsmanship on the rock wall.
The sounds of cheery competition float across Grand Slam USA's 30,000-square-foot arena, which teems with athletic challenges, a vibrant bounce houses, and other diversions. A glow-in-the-dark miniature-golf course leads putters through nine holes of ominous pirate-themed obstacles, including a ramp into a skull's jaws, a hole fraught with sharks, and perilous unswabbed decks. Adrenaline-soaked games of laser tag lead beam duelers through mazes, around partitions, and over platforms, where they rack up points for hitting special targets and rivals. At the end of each bout, players receive individual score cards that detail high scores and lines flubbed during MAS*H reenactments.
Players at Lehigh Valley Paintball wage simulated war across a variety of battlefields, choosing from a variety of play styles on both speedball and woodsball fields. The staff can also customize markers with engravings or leather wristbands, useful for proudly showing team affiliations, graphic designs, or helping identify guns that have escaped.
Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park invites dippers, divers, and lazy river rafters to their 58,000-square-foot splash factory that houses boat loads of tube slides, family raft rides, and other poolside attractions. Ungilled patrons ages 8 and older can challenge man-made waves with their mighty boards on the Flowrider surfing simulator, or play a pickup game of b-ball in Sam's Slamdunker pool that has hoops positioned in the center. Daycationers need not leave the premises for lunch, as Sahara Sam's houses a café with a menu buoyed by pizzas, sandwiches, and more. Aqua-loving visitors who plan to stay at the Wyndham Hotel in Mount Laurel will receive a discounted nightly rate of $79 when they reference "Sahara Sam's Groupon" upon booking. This rate applies based on availability and possible blackout dates.
Beyond its roaring arcade and indoor amusement park, The Funplex decrees that 8,000 of its 100,000-square-foot kingdom be annexed to the Realm where fantasy game MagiQuest disperses Magis on heroic adventurers through an interactive and spellbinding semivirtual lair. Carefully choose your Magi alias and grab your secret-yielding loaner wand (a $2 value) before embarking on a fantastical adventure filled with distinguished wizards, enchanting pixies, and cunning dragons. Seasoned with mystical spells and motion sensors, wands respond to trees, mountains, and flat screens sprinkled throughout the Realm, sharing clues so Magi can complete honorable tasks or surprise wicked goblins with an unexpected hug. With unlimited play (a $14.95 value), Magis can entreat the hours to swallow them into the transformative wormhole of role-playing bliss.