Acres of Fun & Wooster Skateland is literally home to acres of family-friendly attractions, many of which are appropriate for all ages and open year-round. Get rolling inside the 10,000-square-foot indoor roller rink, where black lights and live DJs create a lively atmosphere during open-skate sessions or birthday parties. A new Nexus Pro laser tag system engages participants who wield premier equipment inside an interactive arena filled with targets and power-up stations. For young children who have yet to grow wheels on their feet, there's a play area complete with ball pits and an indoor maze of slides and tubes.
The Dream Show teams world-famous figure skaters with reality-show dance stars for an evening of crowd-wowing spins, jumps, and flips. Guests can wave as skating champs such as Richard Dornbush and Parker Pennington glide past, turning triple Axels and jumbo pancakes on the tips of their bladed toes. Switching between dancing and skating thanks to an on-rink dance floor, the graceful showcase performs double duty. During the dance portion, Jessica King, a top-10 finalist from Fox's So You Think You Can Dance and a former backup dancer for Lady Gaga, will amaze onlookers with her newest moves. Meanwhile, fellow finalist Gev Manoukian will breakdance on dance floors, ice sheets, and the backs of skating mountain lions. After the show, the arena will host a free open skate, letting kids release pent-up enthusiasm by racing around the rink.
For three decades, the Ohio Light Opera (OLO) has produced premier opera culled from around the world. The OLO attracts 22,000 aria-aficionados annually, to the chagrin of staffers saddled with sweeping up shattered monocles. In recent years, the company has expanded its repertoire to include Broadway staples such as Camelot, Loewe and Lerner’s rumination on the more musical moments of King Arthur’s reign paired with the more dramatic patches of his relationship with the Lancelot-lusting Guinevere. Alternately, Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera The Pirates of Penzance illuminates the classic tale of a pirate-turned-police-officer’s quest to vanquish vandals of the high seas while winning the unbridled affection of the major-general’s daughter.
For the fourth race on its 2012 tour, the American Drag Racing League returns to Gateway Motorsports Park's 1/8-mile drag strip for the first time since 2010. Piloting dragsters separated into seven all-professional racing classes, from Top Sportsman to Pro Extreme, drivers rocket down the track so quickly that they finish each race younger than when they began. The SuperCar Showdown—a new feature on the 2012 circuit—pits the latest consumer automobiles against one another in no-holds-barred drag race free from the usual handicaps, performance restrictions, and rules against fiddling with rival drivers' preset radio stations. After reopening under the helm of former Indy driver Curtis Francois, Gateway Motorsports Park has stepped up its devotion to motorsports of all kinds, looking beyond the drag strip to fill its amphitheater-style seats with fans of everything from hot rods to world-class stock cars.
• For $9, you get one mezzanine ticket to The Fairy Forest on Saturday, August 20 at 2 p.m. (up to an $18 value). • For $11, you get one orchestra ticket to the "Season Encore Performance" on Saturday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $22 value).
Voted No. 3 on the 2011 Beacon’s Best for top movie theaters, Lake Cinemas 8 advertises a rotating octet of first-run films on a nostalgic marquee that heralds the refurbished theater's entryway. Viewers settle into comfy seats as they share puffed kernels of corn, sip sodas, and, as the lights dim, recall fond memories of tunneling into bank vaults. Visitors can choose from a selection of popular new releases or anxiously anticipate a bevy of coming attractions.