Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.
So goes the nursery rhyme. The creative team behind Jack and Jill's Haunted Hill, however, has added its own petrifying twist to the famous stanza. Though its Jack and Jill made the pentametered trek up the hill for water, the search led to an abandoned mine. Overcome by curiosity, the two entered and never left. The haunt's proprietors invite intrepid guests to venture into that mine to discover the sinister forces that claimed Jack and Jill, and to learn more about how rhyming leads to imminent death. The mine's terrifying secrets frighten visitors until 10 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on Friday and Saturday, though family-friendly sessions from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. let patrons embark on less spine-tingling tours.
Freshly splattered paint drips down the mazelike barricades and buildings that speckle Fightertown Paintball Park's two large fields, each of which pose their own scenarios and challenges. Players in full complements of rental or personal gear dive behind abandoned buildings in the urban landscape of Field 1, seeking advantageous flanking positions and picnicking sites by sneaking through the streets. Players deploying onto Field 2 descend into fox holes and trench combat, which teams can navigate by communicating through secret messages composed of paint splatters. The arenas host open-play sessions as well as long scenario events.
Since 1986, Theater Works Peoria's mission has been to shower northwest suburban Phoenix with engaging entertainment, produced by members of their own community. Directors mount productions of Broadway plays and musicals, holiday classics, and adaptations from film, literature, and Bazooka bubblegum wrappers. A bevy of youth programs line up a parallel season of plays, workshops, and camps.
Presented in part by Dan Clark, also known as Nitro, of American Gladiator fame, the Gladiator Rock'n Run 6K pairs an obstacle-heavy running course with post-race entertainment, including beer, music, and food. Six kilometers’ worth of collective scampering awaits participants as muscle-testing obstacles impede progress to the finish line. Those prepared to race must dance through tires, army-crawl through mud, and clamber up rope ladders to avoid barrels thrown by giant apes. The roar of spectators rings throughout the course as bystanders cheer on runners to inspire strong finishes. Gladiator Rock'n Run proceeds go toward a good cause, helping to raise money for TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), an organization that provides education, support, and information to aid parents in helping their children diagnosed with autism.
A 6,641-yard layout sculpted into pond-speckled parkland terrain draws in golfers at Villa de Paz Golf Club's 18-hole course. Throughout the round, golfers will have to prove that their swing is impervious to water hazards, which come into play on 10 holes. Players and husky groundhogs encounter the most difficult hole at the fourth tee box, where a tree-lined fairway dog-legs sharply to the right on its way to a green guarded by a pond in front. Before their round, clubbers can warm up their swings at Villa de Paz's driving range, which has two tiers to accommodate heavy swing-honing traffic and separate territorial head covers.
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Just as an oven needs to pre-heat before baking a tray of jalapeño poppers, baseball players need to raise their internal temperatures to 400 degrees before opening day. Today's Groupon basks in the nine-inning joys of spring training: for $22, you get two baseline tickets (a $40 value) to one of four ballgames at Camelback Ranch in Glendale. You can also get two baseline field box tickets for $30 (a $56 value). Watch the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox hammer out their 2010 starting lineups as they play under the springtime aroma of fresh-cut grass, hot dogs, and remorse. All available games begin at 1 p.m.
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