Blue Light Digital Sound looks like somewhere you’d go to watch a band play a concert rather than record an album. Wood floors flank the 600-square-foot space, running adjacent to an exposed brick wall and parallel to the studio’s 20-foot ceilings. The other three walls, coated in periwinkle blue, cast a cool glow over the studio, setting the perfect mood for guitarists, drummers, and singers as they croon their track into an array of vintage and modern microphones. Throughout their recording session, musicians easily can oversee the editing and mixing process, thanks to a 51-inch flat-screen monitor that displays the goings-on in a big, bold, and clear format. A glass window also allows artists to communicate with the control-room engineers manning the 32-channel analog console, and SSL convertor or bashfully shoo away their proud mothers.
The normal rules of gravity only apply to half of Stratosphere Trampoline Park's 20,000 sq. ft. interior. Trampolines blanket the other half, inviting visitors to leap and bound during free play or in high-flying games of dodgeball like the ones mankind aspires to play on the moon. When they're done jumping, visitors can dive into trick airbags, and youngsters can head to a special kids' area equipped with padded and netted trampolines. Nearby, a mechanical bull, speed wall, lazer maze, arcade games, and an air hockey table stand atop normal, non-springy surfaces.
Digital expert Anthony McCall transmutes deteriorating VHS tapes and other obsolete media onto long-lasting archival DVDs. Customers bring in up to 120 minutes of recorded tennis matches or raw footage of picnicking grizzlies on a single VHS, VHS-C, 8mm, Hi8 tape, MiniDV, or MiniDVD. Chapters are inserted automatically, making it easier to impress dates with marathon finish-line footage without having to fast-forward through grade-school shot-for-shot remakes of The Seventh Seal.
Two cushy levels of bouncy tubes, slides, obstacles, play structures, and an interactive arcade await sock-footed squirts at Kid Junction's clean and safe indoor jungle, ideal for kids aged one through nine. A fleet of skilled supervisors welcomes parents into a relaxing, vibrant amusement area, where you can accompany your tenderfoot as they propel through the tubes and slides area, packed with see-through panels, netting, webbed areas, and extra-smooth peanut butter. Toddler Town treats youngest ones to a soft sovereign nation-state, exposing them to crawlspaces and fundamental Playskool politics. Three dollars' worth of shiny tokens gives access to the sports-oriented arcade, where each game in the interactive arena has been tailored to boost motor skills, self-confidence, and the likelihood of being signed to the Toronto Raptors while in grade school.
Beyond its roaring arcade and indoor amusement park, The Funplex decrees that 8,000 of its 100,000-square-foot kingdom be annexed to the Realm where fantasy game MagiQuest disperses Magis on heroic adventurers through an interactive and spellbinding semivirtual lair. Carefully choose your Magi alias and grab your secret-yielding loaner wand (a $2 value) before embarking on a fantastical adventure filled with distinguished wizards, enchanting pixies, and cunning dragons. Seasoned with mystical spells and motion sensors, wands respond to trees, mountains, and flat screens sprinkled throughout the Realm, sharing clues so Magi can complete honorable tasks or surprise wicked goblins with an unexpected hug. With unlimited play (a $14.95 value), Magis can entreat the hours to swallow them into the transformative wormhole of role-playing bliss.