Glowing monkeys scamper toward a neon waterfall, and a knight bearing a radiant yellow lance rides past a bright orange octopus emerging from the ocean. What appears to be a time-traveling session gone awry is really the evolving environment within Putting Edge’s indoor black-lit mini-golf course, which whisks players to deep seas, Aztec jungles, and medieval times. Since opening its original location in Canada, Putting Edge has now expanded to 16 North American locations, all of which invite guests onto its challenging 18-hole courses to seek victory over opponents and the forces that keep their teeth from not glowing as brightly as they could. Elsewhere, the facility houses private party rooms, concessions, and an arcade filled with gamer favorites such as air hockey.
Located inside the St. Louis Mills mall, Family Jump Center is a multifarious play center stocked with interactive and inflatable entertainment for pintsize jumpers. Aspiring adults of all ages can hop, slide, and marvel at the wonders of gravity atop a throng of colorful obstacle courses and bounce houses. A boxing ring allows future champions to practice fancy footwork, and cushiony slides simulate the excitement of emergency plane evacuations. Frequent character visits from superheroes such as Spiderman and Neil Armstrong enhance the play emporium's animated atmosphere.
Hazelwood Bowl boasts 24 retro renovated bowling lanes and redesigned restaurant and bar areas for sporty entertainment and family fun. After wrangling a pair of bowling shoes, duos of 10-pin enthusiasts can perfect their arm swings with two hours on the lanes, complete with bumper bowling for youngsters and automatic scoring to keep abacuses fresh and ready for tallying UFO sightings (up to a $12 value/person). Then customers can head over to The Wood Bar & Grill to conquer worked up appetites with a St. Louis–style pizza with one topping, including Italian sausage, jalapeños, mushrooms, and more (an $8.95 value), all washed down with a pitcher of soda (a $4 value). Families of four and barbershop quartets can combine two Groupons for larger group frivolity.
The day’s biggest sports games unfold on the big-screen TVs at Redbirds Sports Cafe. Clients have the option to play Nintendo Wii in the bar, sinking pool balls into the pockets of 9 pool tables, hitting bull’s-eyes on electronic or classic cork dartboards, and scoring goals in air hockey. To complement the sporty atmosphere, cooks specialize in hearty game-day favorites such as chicken wings served in 1.25-pound batches and party platters full of appetizers like cheddar poppers and mini burritos. An arcade harboring a Nintendo Wii amuses guests while a jukebox projects various rock and dance jams throughout the festive game space.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.