At Mansion House Paintball, mature trees tower over wooded fields with boughs battered by kaleidoscopic shrapnel. Paintball soldiers dive behind these tree trunks or weave through barrels, wood panels, or cable rungs in all-season, outdoor battle played in rain or sunshine. Individuals can walk on for games during the weekend, and private groups or corporate teams can reserve the fields for parties or retreats to determine who cleans out the corner office’s adjoining stable.
At Delaware Aviation Center, fledgling aeronauts get a one-hour one-on-one instructional session with a certified flight instructor. Pilots-in-training spend 15 minutes being prepped before their flight, gleaning all the information necessary to become a safe and skilled Wright Brother incarnate. Shed the shackles of gravity in a Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP from the aviation center's fleet. During a 30-minute flight, students can choose to take over the controls, or just kick back and enjoy the view soaring over an endless variety of envious land-bound mammals before the winged journey's conclusion. Afterward, spend another 15 minutes getting a postflight briefing from the instructor, and get credit in your logbook, if you have one.
Although its playground is all indoors, Hullabaloo Amusement Center encourages kids to use their outdoor voices. In fact, it would be difficult for them not to once they see the 2,500-square-foot soft-play structure. With walls to climb, zip lines to descend from, and bouncy floors to jump on, the playground is the perfect place to let off some steam and the snack room offers a place to refuel. Toddlers escape to their own exclusive area, where they can engage in gentler, age-appropriate play and get the low-down on the drama in their older siblings' play group. Meanwhile, the moon bounce allows kids the chance jump out their energy, the arcade trains hand-eye coordination with ticket-awarding games, and kids can express their creative side by creating custom stuffed animals in the Build-A-Buddy center. Party packages grant guests access to all of the preceding features, as well as a party host to assist with setup and cleanup.
Thurston's Pub's burgers and sandwiches owe their distinctive flavors to the restaurant's housemade sauces. Without the spicy chipotle dressing that blankets the baja burger or the barbecue sauce that drenches the wings, guests might pay far more attention to the dartboards and flat-screen televisions that line the pub's walls. The reality is that sometimes they must pry their eyes away from their plates if they hope to pay attention to the live sports broadcasts or the waiters politely reminding them to eat their Guinness stews with forks.
Four levels of classes?Pee-Wee, Junior, Teen, and Adult?teach students how to karate chop their way through life. Instructors teach self-defense techniques and work to transform bodies into better shape. Individuals can earn eight belt colors while learning humility, self-control, and integrity.
Within each noncompetitive Curves facility, female fitness seekers are invited to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that are designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions tend to create bulky muscles, the machines promote push-and-pull movements to sculpt toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo.