Nestled among the roads weaving through the south edge of Colman lies Sunrise Ridge Golf Course, a 9-hole course open to the public from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. The 2,825-yard links challenge golfers and club-wielding gophers to navigate difficult obstacles while attempting to stay under a par 36 goal.
Nestled within Empire Mall, Xcite Family Fun Center enraptures youngsters with inflatables, video games, and tasty treats. Sock-clad kids bound across the center’s ever-changing selection of inflatables—which frequently includes Batman- and Disney princess-themed bouncers—navigate obstacle courses, and race down slides. The arcade entices players with games such as air hockey, skee-ball, and Star Wars Racer, and the enclosed toddler zone pairs wee ones with age-appropriate inflatables, slides, and coloring-book versions of the tax code.
In between rounds of bouncing and gaming, kids can reenergize with grilled-cheese sandwiches, pretzels, or pizza at the snack bar. Open-play sessions run until 9 p.m. Monday–Saturday, and parents or grandparents can accompany their children for free.
Burnside Game Place entertains thrill seekers with a full-fledged casino, complimentary beverages, and affordable American eats. Gamers gunning to strike gold try their hand at the casino's video-bingo machines, which notoriously killed antiquated radio-bingo machines, while gulping free beer and soda in the casino area. After a hearty helping of gaming excitement, patrons refuel with favorites from Burnside's kitchen menu. Nosh on one of the savory appetizers, simultaneously juggling cheese balls or tossing onion rings onto waiting tongues. Chefs perfect the circular simplicity of the personal pan pizza and salute the classic pairing of bacon cheeseburgers and fries. Breaded shrimp and chicken-salad sandwiches round out the menu, leaving its edges smooth and unable to puncture low-flying blimps.
Located in 19 cities nationwide, Wine and Canvas commissions accomplished artists to spread the joy of painting during informal painting classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines available for purchase. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Swiss army knives are famed for the many vital tools hidden in the nooks and crannies of their surprisingly small exterior; Star Performance Complex takes a similar approach to educating kids in fitness. Their instructors offer swimming, gymnastics, tae kwon do, and dance lessons to tykes who enjoy competitive athleticism. They also provide day and night care that combines structured activity with open play in their fun gyms, which feature not only gymnastics equipment but inflatable play houses. Other teachers focus on team sports, training kids to work together in softball, soccer, and cheer. All of this – excepting the swim lessons – takes place in their single, colorful facility full of squeaky hardwood, soft mats, and all the equipment a kids needs to build a strong body.
A verdant par 3 course complete with 18 holes, Hidden Valley invites adventurous golfers to crack open a bag of clubs and send their golf balls out to roam the greens in search of the elusive hole in one. Clubbers of every caliber can partner up and enjoy the back and front nines, strolling from hole to hole as they practice putts, collect divots, and scrape a cryptic message into each sand trap. Hidden Valley is owned and managed by the Reiter family, whose golf heritage reaches back to the 1950s, a time when the pros were paid in livestock and Henry Ford had yet to invent the golf cart.