Helmed by lifelong Cortland residents Stephen and Patricia Jordan, Shipwreck Golf Amusement Center regales fun-seeking guests of all abilities with three engaging attractions. The 18-hole, indoor black light mini-golf course takes putt-putters on a pilgrimage through a 450-foot labyrinth of smooth faux-greens framed by phosphorescent murals depicting underwater ruins and neon incarnations of each golfer’s embarrassing yearbook photos. Playful music is complemented by emerald corridors that snake through a pirate-themed pastiche of misting waterfalls, wooden ships, and lush palm trees. The scampering feet of kids age 2–10 can bounce, bound, and barrel roll across the cushy floor of the bounce houses that populate Shipwreck’s play area, which also includes a dress-up area, two play houses, and a play office where kids can jubilantly file tax forms.
Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award–winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
Chuckster's 18-hole course casts balls along the humps and twists of elongated greens and optional watery passages, earning it the honor of hosting the 2010 National Miniature Golf championship, while three other entertainment options encourage climbing, bouncing, and twirling. Chuckster's rock-climbing wall grants geology-enthusiasts a 27-foot ascent, while jumpsters places guests in a bouncy harness to catapult, twirl, flip, and practice future moon landings. Aeroball pits gamers against each other as they bounce on a trampoline to make hoops, combining the hand-eye coordination of basketball with the restlessness of kangaroos in elevators. Delicious ice-cream cones await all golfers, climbers, and aeroballers after they finish putting their final hole or tearfully reuniting with gravity, and Chuckster’s also hosts live music every Thursday evening starting at 7 p.m.
The Auburn Public Theater entertains and educates its community with theater, music, poetry, dance, and art for all ages. In "Funny Bones," audiences explore the work and legacy of Charlie Chaplin under the droll guidance of Dan Kamin, whose extensive knowledge of the legendary comedian helped him train Robert Downey Jr. for his role in Chaplin and best the ghost of Buster Keaton in a '20s cinema quiz. Dan's own live comedy combines with Chaplin's films to create two hilarious hours of silent-film-influenced entertainment. Keyboardist Harvey Tarkmeel accompanies the silent movies, audience participation crashes the fourth wall, and genuine chairs cushion viewers as Karmin leads a whirlwind tour of the classic comic's extensive canon.
Along the main stretch at Hilltop Paintball, one recalls the Old West while spying the silhouettes of two cowboys leaning against wooden structures and dangling signs swinging in the wind before a camo-clad anachronism emerges from behind a wagon wheel. The stranger locks and loads a paintball marker before hightailing it to one of seven terrains with scenario games, such as Alien Planet and speedball. In order to win matches, he and his teammates must navigate obstacles, including stacks of logs, hay bales, and clones of Barney Fife. In airsoft matches, they play a paint-free game with similar principles to paintball, and an onsite target range gives them a chance to hone their aim. To shake it up, they can practice putting at an 18-hole mini-golf course, try their hands at Nerf Dart Tag, or refuel at the barbecue and picnic area. The facility also accommodates larger groups for special events such as corporate outings and birthdays with custom packages, and a private party tent is available with advance reservations.
Certified by the US Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and drawing upon more than three decades of in-sky experience, master pilot and instructor Dan Guido teaches the basics of foot-launch hang-gliding to a new generation of enthusiasts. He puts SSusquehanna Flight Park’s five training hills and one mountain launch to good use by introducing fundamentals during beginning practice runs or demonstrating how to stop at eagle crossings during advanced soaring sessions. Lessons schemes range from single introductory sessions to the six-session Hang One program, which helps new fliers earn their USHPA Novice rating.
Founded in 1963, Central New York Karate & Kobudo Schools has a history nearly as rich as karate itself. The schools' classes foster self-discipline, healthfulness, and self-defense for children and adults alike. The instructors for adult classes average a decade of experience apiece, each well versed in the disciplines of Okinawan Goju Ryu karate and kobudo.