Rose Bowl welcomes visitors of all ages to pulverize pins among cosmic lighting, a melodious sound system, and 20 synthetic lanes. After double-knotting the included shoes and matching a neon-toned ball to their dog's eye color, bowlers can step up to a lane to watch their pin-count rack up on the automated scoring system. A fully stocked snack bar equips each duo with a frosty soda and cheesy order of nachos to munch in between turns. After a doubleheader of games, bowlers can keep fidgety fingers occupied with games at the arcade, by shooting a game of pool, or by challenging strangers to thumb wars.
Equistarre Horsemanship’s head instructor, Analese, doles out lessons on the fundamentals of horseback riding from atop a galloping lectern as she leads students across 15 acres of rustic green pastures. After a childhood spent among steeds at her family's boarding facility, Analese continued to indulge her lifelong passion for horses as a trainer, rider, and competition judge before earning a degree in equine science from the University of Florida. She brings her wealth of knowledge to Equistarre Horsemanship, where she introduces students to her stable of personable horses before accompanying them on rides across the ranch’s scenic landscape. During lessons and trail rides, students practice basic techniques and learn to read subtle horse signals, such as "May I have a carrot?" and "That's not a radio dial." When not leading rides out into the meadows, Analese cares for horses in a boarding area that features nine stalls, two storage areas, and a large bay for grooming.
Automatic scoring systems track players' scores as they launch bowling balls down the Capital Lanes' 40 polished alleys. Lasers and black lights illuminate the play area on cosmic-bowling nights, and families share hot snacks from the full-service bar and grill during league play, but bowling isn't the only attraction at the center. Teams battle one another for arena domination in the laser-tag maze, and?a short walk away?the game room recognizes players ability to wield a joystick and to find change in seat cushions.
At Tallahassee Italian Family Festa, held each year since 2010, Italian and Italian-American culture is celebrated in all of its forms. Bocce tournaments, a Madonnari sidewalk-chalk art competition, and a silent auction are just a few attractions, and spectators can fuel up with gelato, meatball sandwiches, and Italian beer and wine. Italian cars and motorcycles gleam in an exhibition, showing off their sleek surfaces and revving their motors with an Italian trill. There's also a children's area where kids can participate in face painting, a grape stomp, and other activities.
Proceeds from the festival benefit Florida State University's international travel programs and CIAO! Italian Club Tallahassee.
Pilot your brain-plane into a four-way collision with history, nature, and wildlife at the Tallahassee Museum, where wild-lovers can wander 52 acres of Florida florae and faunae as it floridly lounges in the state's natural greenhouse atmosphere. Saunter along the Habitat Trail, via elevated boardwalks that allow you to view animals from above without intruding into their habitats and TV-watching habits. In addition to waterfowl, foxes, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and river otters, you’ll catch glimpses of the endangered Florida panther, the state’s official mammal, and the endangered red wolf. Step into the pre-Internet world your parents and older siblings grew up in at Big Bend Farm, an 1880s living farmstead with a restored period farmhouse and kitchen, as well as reconstructions of an outhouse, blacksmith shed, and smokehouse. Historical voyeurs, meanwhile, can peer inside the rear windows of the restored 1850s plantation house of Catherine Murat, George Washington’s great-grandniece, who later became part of French royalty by marrying Prince Achille Murat, the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. With a plethora of annual events coming up, such as the upcoming Market Days on Dec. 4 and 5, you’ll have plenty of more stimulating things to do this winter than hibernate and alphabetize your action figures.
The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science features visual arts, science exploration, and humanities education. A year-long family membership includes free admission for two adults and all children living at home under the age of 18, as well as discounts and special members-only invitations to exhibit previews and opulent exhibit weddings. Visitors can explore the first thirty years of video game technology and weave through the dangerous world of boss-level monsters in Videotopia. Meanwhile, Appetite, documents lens-tamer’s love affair with food photography, pop culture, and inanimate fruit bowls.