Upon crossing the threshold at United Skates of America, a barrage of shimmering lights and colors assault the senses. A disco ball scatters rainbow shards of light across metallic streamers and low barriers striped with colorful lights. A glossy wooden rink acts as the centerpiece of the whimsical decor, packed with roller skaters during public hours. The vibe of open sessions evolves throughout the week in stride with rotating jams, from Top 40 hits to the hip-hop and R & B of the '80s and '90s. There are supportive Skate Mates, whom kids can grab hold of as they skate round the rink. Novice rollers glide like pros after skating lessons, held in five-week sessions by a team of veteran rollers, and partygoers zoom around the oval track during birthday bashes. An arcade and roller caf? offer safe haven for the athletically averse or those still mastering bipedality.
The Chiller Ice Rinks are owned and operated by JMAC, the majority owner of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, ensuring constantly chilled surfaces and a bevy of creature comforts. Public ice skating allows gliders to practice toe loops, triple axels, or the skating scenes from Saving Private Ryan, and then change in public dressing rooms, spectate from the 1,000-person seating section or an enclosed second-story viewing area at the Lewis Center establishment.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Pro Tip: Allow sufficient time for a full tour.
The Kelton House Museum & Garden is a window that looks out onto another time, presenting a glimpse of Victorian life through the lens of a family that lived it. The home features possessions that the family actually used, from woven hair brooches to an intricate grandfather clock built in 1790. Each item's place within the home tells its own story about the family's lifestyle, and tour guides add to the experience by costuming themselves in period garb. But guided tours aren't the only way to experience the museum. The museum also offers an audio tour enhanced with a musical score and period-appropriate sound effects, such as clocks chiming and bells ringing to call the family to dinner.
The telltale sounds of fun fill the air at either Magic Mountain Fun Center location, as friends and families careen around tracks in go-karts, compete on mind-bending mini-golf courses, or do battle in bumper cars. Piping-hot pizzas fuel days of rides and arcade games, and the park's varied birthday packages catapult parties into a fun-filled gamut of feasting, bumper boats, and laser tag. Open late, the parks afford guests the opportunity to while the night away or lure their night terrors in front of a speeding bumper car.
Hand-dipped milk shakes and rows of classic, minimalist bowling alleys turn back the clock at Delaware Lanes. As guests focus on toppling pins and dodging gutters, automatic scoring tracks their performance. In between frames, bowlers can kick back at a lounge with cushy booths and nautical decor, tippling drinks from a full-service bar.
Starplex Cinemas Westpointe showers stadium seating with first-run movie action playing across 10 wall-to-wall screens. Two tickets grant moviegoers access to the stadium seating of a film of their choice to have heartstrings plucked by engrossing plots and eye sockets vibrated by the digital projection. A bag of popcorn fuels minds trying to unravel the subtle implications of a Frankenstein fighting and then falling in love with a giant robot. Many films are also shown in RealD 3-D, though a small extra fee applies. View the schedule up to a week in advance to plan theater trips accordingly.