• For $18, you get a ticket for seating in section 201, 227, or 234 (a $26.50 value, or up to a $36.30 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $59, you get a ticket for seating in section Floor 9, 104, 123, 131, or 134 (a $99.50 value, or up to a $117.15 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $84, you get a ticket for seating in section Floor 3, 106, 107, or 122 (a $149.50 value, or up to a $168.45 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).
A freestanding climbing wall with craggy angles and multiple inclines steals the spotlight at Vandalia Recreation Center by soaring to 27 feet up the middle of an atrium. But climbing is far from the 58,000-square-foot center’s only attraction. Gravity-bound members burn calories at a fleet of cardio machines and build muscle with strength equipment and free weights in the fitness center, and a three-lane, 1/16-mile track helps runners train for catching the gingerbread man. At the Aquatic Center, a zero-depth entry pool welcomes swimmers who rack up laps and children who whoosh down a twisting waterslide and through a giant frog’s mouth or frolic in waterfalls. A vortex and bubble bench set the stage for aquatic fitness, useful for independent exercise or formal classes.
Aquatic aerobics sessions join plenty of other organized activities on the center’s bustling schedule of fitness classes. Students stretch during yoga, break a sweat to the Latin beats of Zumba, and pump their legs through spinning classes. While parents work up a sweat, their offspring head to childcare at Ricky’s Tiny Tikes (ages 6 months to 4 years) or Luther’s Jungle indoor playground. Here, children 4 and older clamber through the jungle-themed slides, tubes, and nets with the help of a bi-level play structure or polish their da Vinci forgeries with paper and crayons.
Glow-in-the-dark palm trees rise above Englewood Fun Center’s 18-hole miniature golf course, greeting guests as they arrive to partake in any of the center’s indoor or outdoor attractions. Clients don Hawaiian leis before taking to the 18-hole, custom-designed mini golf course, where they will lope through a tropical pastiche of tiki huts, misting waterfalls, two ponds, and multiple bearded Tom Hankses. Indoors, scampering tykes can slip on socks and tumble freely among the cushy walls and elastic floors of the inflatable bouncing area, or try their hands at skee-ball and other games in the arcade. The indoor facility also encompasses three batting cages, where hitters shoulder their favorite bat or oversized banana and swing at soft or hardballs delivered at adjustable speeds and heights to accommodate all ages and skill levels.
Acres of Fun rewards guests with a wide range of family-friendly activities. Grab a slice of pizza pie with one hand, secure a soda with the other, and use your spare to send a grapefruit-sized bowling ball rolling down Highway 66's 35-foot alleyways. Two games in the Laser Zone allow plenty of time for James Bond daydreams to merge with futuristic fantasies in the minds of kids or adults with deathless imaginations. The paired laser tag or mini-bowling sessions can be used separately or during a single two-person admission with your favorite fellow human. With two dozen tokens in hand, gamers can embark on an arcade spree and hop Frogger-like between 50 different video games and redemption games that reward players with tickets, which can then be exchanged for prizes or the instructions for a secret blizzard dance.
Whichever date you choose, you get a spot in the upper-level seating-area sections 301–314 or 326–328, above the rodeo and superb for spotting man and beast locked in violent embrace. Bull riding distinguishes itself from shark surfing and surgical-laser tag as one of the most dangerous sports in existence. Professional riders employ little more than tight-fitting chaps, a hard leather strap, and incredibly beefy thigh muscles in their attempt to stay fixed for at least eight seconds on nearly one ton of mammalian muscle and ruminant rage.
• For $8, you get one ticket for seating in the sixth row or higher (a $15 value). • For $10, you get one ticket for seating in the fourth or fifth row (a $25 value). • For $15, you get one ticket for seating in the second or third row (a $35 value).