High-school social-studies teacher Anthony Pennino Sr. played his first round of paintball in 1985. By the following year Tony had gathered 20?30 friends and kin for paintball bouts on his family's private land. As demand for paintball guns and safety gear grew among his brigade of marksmen, he converted his basement into a makeshift store, supplying paintball accoutrement from home until moving into a storefront in 1990. Within two decades Tony and his clan formed the lauded paintball team the New York Dogs, opened their own indoor arena, and eventually combined that arena with their largest store yet.
That facility forms the backbone of Island Paintball, where a sports turf field hosts Model 98?brandishing players. In between games, players can watch other contests from behind the staging area's Plexiglas viewing windows or browse Island Paintball Supplies' gun wall and 12 massive showcases of paintball gear. An in-house gunsmith repairs any malfunctioning guns, which patrons can wield at open-play sessions and private parties.
Pump It Up's two indoor inflatable arenas bounce socked striplings high off the ground with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Trained, amiable staffers supervise fun-filled visits where parents can leap around with their kids through gargantuan, air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an air-filled obstacle course. Attendees can also focus their free play for special events, such as custom birthday parties and themed, private team parties. These themed soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. Both giant arenas are climate controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by the well-trained staff and local police. Supplementing its thorough rule enforcement with expert installation and anchoring, Pump It Up holds itself to strict safety standards.
Slides, climbing structures, and three inflatable jumpers and obstacle courses outfit Wood Kingdom's 5,000-square-foot indoor playground, while a separate snack area and private birthday room quarantine feasting children from frolicking ones. Elsewhere, knowledgeable staffers in the family-operated business' indoor and outdoor showrooms walk patrons through an extensive stock of home-playground equipment and outdoor furnishings, including trampolines with safety enclosures, basketball hoops, and gazebos. Wood Kingdom personnel subsequently delivers, installs, and maintains each piece of equipment, ensuring that sheds continue to reject move-in offers from portals to the underworld and swing sets are properly assembled.
Alfie?Adventureland Amusement Park's resident mascot and caped crusader?must have some good genes. The superhero hasn't aged much over the decades, even though the rest of the park has changed considerably since its opening day in 1962. Alfie now welcomes guests into a park with more than 30 nostalgic and new attractions. Among them, a giant pirate ship swings like a pendulum, the Hurricane Coaster flies through a 180-degree turn, and the ferris wheel lifts passengers up and around in cars shaped like hot air balloons. Adventure Falls adds water to the mix, sending boats down a steep flume and drenching riders so they don't have to sit in the water fountain to feel refreshed.
Games of skill, an onsite arcade, and a sit-down restaurant complement the thrills, as does occasional live entertainment. The fun continues well into the evening, when the park lights up like a giant Christmas tree. The spectacle is for more than just show?in recent years, Adventureland has resolved to go green, and has added more than 50,000 LED lights as well as solar panels to help power the maintenance facility.
Beams of light dart through a darkened laser-tag arena. The delighted shrieks of youngsters emanate from the colorful horses of a carousel and a fleet of bumper cars. With these and over five other attractions onsite, Funzone Family Entertainment more than earns its name. Visitors smash home runs inside batting cages, or take on virtual opponents in a sports simulator complete with soccer, football, and a zombie-themed riff on dodgeball. More digital amusement awaits in an arcade stocked with classic games such as skeeball and Deal or No Deal, where players can win tokens by selecting the secret "Compromise" option. Open seven days a week, Funzone also caters to younger kids with bounce houses and a multi-level, maze-like play area full of tube slides and netted tunnels.
Settle traffic arguments by challenging an opposing driver to a duel on Boomers!'s speedy go-carts. Or just cruise solo, banking curves and outdriving total strangers in a wild day of rubber-burning and dust-eating. For crashtastic thrills, climb aboard a bumper boat and drift on the waterscape, floating amok and gleefully broadsiding fellow captains. A bit of the briny seeps into Boomers!'s mini-golf range, where it creates a sparkling blue hazard to complement the verdant greens. Finish the day with a feeling of accomplishment that comes only from climbing Boomers!'s big, giant rock wall. The 32-foot climbing surface has a variety of handholds and different climbing options, so explore them all with the three climbs. Be sure to check Boomers! Medford's hours before heading out.