There are plenty of chances to grab a lane at Beech Grove Bowl. That's because the alley is open 24/7, letting guests squeeze in a game after dinner, before breakfast, or during an important business meeting they'd rather skip. In addition to organizing league games, setting up bumpers for kids' parties, and re-lacing every bowling shoe, the facility is known for their pizzas and large calzones, among other menu items, such as burgers and fries.
At Indy House of Terror, visitors creep down a shadowy outdoor trail that winds through five acres and dead ends before a manor full of frightful and occasionally comical chambers. Tiptoe through a labyrinth of ghosts and grim décor before navigating the haunted house's rooms, which teem with costumed actors, deranged black cats, green-faced ghouls, and snuggly tax attorneys. The Indy House of Terror's staff tone down the frights by keeping the lights on for kids ages 5–10 during a 6:30 p.m.–7 p.m. showing, while the full experience for ages 11 and up runs from 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Each fearsome journey typically takes 25–30 minutes to complete, after which guests restore energy levels by gobbling down hot dogs, sodas, and chips or by tucking 9-volt batteries into their armpits.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Three hours for $10
Pro Tip: Weekends are the busiest time, but also the most fun with more gamers all playing together.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
We are the only facility of our kind that offers fun weekend overnight events for middle- and high-school video-game enthusiasts. We are also [an] eSports tournament facility.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
Zack Johnson, started this business after holding lock-in events at his church while he was the youth director. He decided it would be easier to set up the equipment somewhere permanently and charge by the hour for use. All of the stores feature lock-ins every single Friday and Saturday night, and there are major events every holiday.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
Parents are continuously thankful for creating such a family-friendly place to leave their kids, and the kids never want to leave.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
We love getting to know all of our gamers, both young and old. It is also great to watch situations like a college football lineman sit down next to a small, shy, high-school freshman and instantly they have a bond through the game they are playing together.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Many people ask why they would play at our facility when they own the games at home. We always explain that it is the social aspect that draws customers to us, not just the number of systems and games we offer. Instead of playing alone in your bedroom or basement with a headset, you can sit next to friends both old and new and give them a high five at the end of a game.
Families in old-fashioned quad skates laugh their way around the rink as upbeat tunes boom from overhead speakers. When not working up a sweat on the floor, they can play games of skee ball in the arcade and collect tickets to turn in for fun prizes. Refueling time finds them at the snack bar sipping on sodas and grabbing slices of pizza. This collection of skating, gaming, and noshing makes for an ideal party location, and Wheels of Wonder offers packages replete with table settings and an on-mic shout out from the rink DJ for the birthday kid. Kids can also roll into the facility for beginners' skating lessons that build confidence and enhance balance.
We Love Foam lets the good times fly—in the form of jets of 100% organic, safe, and odor-free foam. The fluff is free of chemicals and won't cause any annoying allergic reactions or damage to clothes, so guests can dance and carouse at ease. Staff can also bring along such amenities as stages, foam pits, and exciting lighting.
Royal Pin?s four bowling centers boast a total of 270 gleaming lanes, but their widely varied facilities offer far more than games of tenpins. At all four locations, cosmic-bowling nights create a psychedelic atmosphere with fog, music, and black lights.
The Woodland location, though, was voted Best Bowling in Indianapolis 2012 by CityVoter and ups the ante with flat screens above the lanes and cushy couches where players recline while waiting their turn to take a ride through the pinsetter. Its adjacent outdoor mini-golf course, Pirates? Cove, sends putters on a salty adventure with 18 Lilliputian fairways populated by streams, waterfalls, and a pirate ship. In addition, the location recently received a makeover, with a new midway, lounge, bar and restaurant. In that same center, there's also the two-story Pirate's Quest laser tag, which combines the excitement of laser tag and swashbuckling.
At the Expo location, the theme relates to another exciting frontier: space. In Laser Storm tag, players battle for rights to moon territories. Besides their alleys, Royal Pin also manages the 5-acre Greatimes Family Fun Park, where kids zip around a go-cart track, bounce through a multilevel playland, or pilot bumper boats equipped with blaster squirt guns and highly sensitive grownup detectors.