Led by equine expert and instructor Michelle Booker, Devinwood Farms offers services for riders and steeds on a property with an all-weather arena, heated barn, and picturesque riding trails. Inside the full-care boarding facility, staffers administer daily feeding and stall cleaning. The all-weather riding arena, illuminated by rows of glittering lights, leads outside to local riding trails. Hot- and cold-water wash racks hose down mounts after onsite riding lessons, and stalls provide a place for horses to comfortably hunker down with a good book during blustery nights.
Recently voted Best Arcade St. Louis 2013 by The Riverfront Times, The Neutral Zone may have started out as a small retail store for video games, trading cards, and collectibles, but perhaps the biggest draw was always the handful of classic arcade games in the back of the space. Now it holds more than 80 machines, from new games like Tekken, Cruisn' USA, and Star Wars Trilogy to classics such as Centipede and Donkey Kong. Four-person games such as X-Men, NBA Jam, and the Simpsons make it easy to play as a group, and rarities such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Turtles in Time impress arcade connoisseurs. The owners constantly add new machines to their carefully curated collection; recent acquisitions include Atari Asteroids—in its own original dedicated cabinet—and a Spectrum pinball machine and a Tron game from 1982. One thing is missing from the retro feeling, however—players never run out of quarters and tokens. Instead, players simply pay one price for admission, and enjoy unlimited arcade play. The Neutral Zone also has arcade games for sale, and the space can be rented for private parties on Sundays.
Though kids need to frolic and play, they must also learn financial responsibility if they're ever to grow up and pay for their parents' dinner. At Hammer's Food & Fun, an electronic game card opens the door to Hammer’s array of indoor rides and arcade games, teaching kids the mystical power—and responsibility—contained within a magnetic stripe. Indeed, after games such as Big Bass Wheel and Space Balls dispense points redeemable for prizes, kids can retain the balance on the card for future visits—an educational precursor to saving money in a grownup bank's vault filled with 50/50 raffle tickets. Before exploring the indoor attractions—which range from go-karts and mini golf to inflatable bounce houses and a checkered dance floor—families fill their bellies at Hammer’s extensive buffet. Made fresh daily using local beef from Twin Hills Farm, slices of pizza in more than 20 varieties sit on circular trays, and elsewhere, a line of sweet desserts taunts the salad bar filled with crispy vegetables trying desperately to sprout ice-cream-flavored leaves.
Boat House Forest Park has been launching revelers’ watercrafts across the glimmering waters of Post-Dispatch Lake since 1876. Today, a restaurant fills the high-ceilinged interior space, serving up half-pound burgers and hand-tossed pizzas, among other hearty American fare. Flames crackle in a stone hearth, warming patrons as they clap along to live music or conduct an impromptu performance of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” with a sauce-slathered barbecue rib. In warm weather, servers transport plates to an outdoor patio with views of sparkling waters. The Boat House also rents out kayaks and paddleboats inside which patrons can tour the lake, catching glimpses of ducks, turtles, and feral Tweety birds, as well as historical landmarks such as the St. Louis Zoo and World’s Fair Pavilion.
Like the CGI monster-filled remake of How Green Was My Valley, STL Cinemas combine state-of-the-art technology with classic Hollywood aesthetics. Mainstream blockbusters and independent films happily rub silver-screen shoulders on each theater's marquee, while the retro lounges and concession stands serve enough beer, wine, and classy sweets to keep movie-goers sugar-buzzing—or just plain buzzing—through any double-feature. Voted Readers' Pick Movie Theatre by St. Louis Magazine readers, the Moolah Theatre's single screen is one of the biggest in town, and cinephiles can take their pick of 400 stadium seats, plush leather couches, or balcony seating. Chase Park Plaza Cinemas—nestled inside the Chase Park Plaza Hotel building—boasts five auditoriums with luxury seating. Granite City Cinemas is brand-new with all digital projection. And exposed beams and stage lighting add a vintage touch to Galleria 6's lobby, while its bar provides a lovely backdrop for post-film discussions, screenplay pitches, or outbursts of hard-boiled dialogue and artfully lit cigarette smoke.
Every Saturday night, hip-hop, rock, and dance music pulsates throughout Show Me Lanes. The commanding soundtrack signals the beginning of cosmic bowling, whose games unfold amidst clouds of fog and rays of black- and laser-lights. During cosmic and regular games alike, balls hurtle down 24 lanes each equipped with automated scoring. Besides daily open-bowl sessions, Show Me Lanes hosts tournaments and leagues for adults and children. Cosmic bowling hours are Saturday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. year round, with additional Saturday summer hours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.