Unlike many of its brethren, the Arlington Museum of Art does not maintain a permanent collection. Instead, it celebrates the ever-changing nature of art by featuring local artists in traveling exhibitions and curated shows. Also, since opening in 1952, the museum has been a headquarters for promoting artistic expression throughout the community. Gallery talks and artist lectures give visitors the chance to interactively learn, and summer art camps get kids motivated to create masterpieces.
In one corner, young voices chant a karaoke tune over the sound system. In another, inflatable structures jump to the beat of kids bouncing inside. The Kids Expo sounds like kid heaven, but there’s plenty to engage their keepers, too, to counter the boredom of listening to the incessant sounds of youthful joy. Adults can browse a wide range of vendor booths and exhibits for new products for their families, and they can even sneak off to plan their little one’s next surprise party by consulting with children’s entertainers and representatives from kids’ play centers.
Within Studio Movie Grill's expansive auditoriums, towering screens enrapture audiences seated in plush leather recliners and at dining tables. As the familiar celebrity faces in blockbuster and cult-classic features deliver Oscar-worthy lines, sneakily quiet waiters deliver meals from a full menu decorated with more than 100 items, including gourmet pizzas, smoked ribs, and cocktails infused with the spirit of Daniel Day-Lewis. Bartenders at the lobby bar dole out glasses of premium liquors, wines, and draft beer before and after shows.
Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge combines bowling with swankiness, four bars, and a full-service restaurant. The result is a well-decorated, party-time pinsperience. Al fresco bowling transpires on the lawn at Splitsville's outdoor bowling lane, located near the breezy patio and live band. Inside, a DJ spins tunes above a dance floor designed especially for extended victory dances. Mid-century décor, kidney-shaped tables, and red swivel-pod chairs complete the retro-chic scene.
Happy shouts and gliding blades echo in the cool air during public sessions, parties, competitions, and lessons with ICE at The Parks. On the regulation-size NHL rink, guests can glide between skaters and ambitious Zambonis practicing slap shots. The rink opens out onto The Parks at Arlington, allowing pleasantly tired guests to rejuvenate among shops, restaurants, and a classic carousel. ICE at The Parks also maintains an onsite shop for sharpening skates and equipping visitors with necessities such as figure-skating dresses and puck repellent.
Forum Roller World’s vast polished hardwood floor stretches below a similarly vast ceiling outfitted with festive lights. And between the two? A scrum of roller skaters gliding, weaving, and figure-eighting to the tune of music such as hip-hop and gospel. This large facility welcomes skaters of all levels to slip into a pair of skates and cruise the floors. On Sunday nights until 1 a.m., adults rule the roost, where they can skate at their own speed without having to dodge children or re-oil their training wheels.