The rattle of scattered bowling pins echoes throughout the 7,000-square-foot ibowl Family Fun Center, a former shoe factory that has been repurposed for bowling, miniature golf, and other games. Inspired by an around-the-world theme, the nine-hole miniature-golf course takes putters globetrotting around igloos and pint-sized models of the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower populated with Lilliputian tourists complaining about jet lag. Bowling balls barrel toward sets of 5 or 10 pins at the centre's bowling lanes, which boast automatic scoring and optional bumpers. The mini-game emporium also features air hockey, foosball, and pool tables, allowing competitors to prove who has the superior hand-eye coordination without entering juggling competitions with a meat cleaver.
EZ Street's indoor Lazer Runner game beckons players to challenge each other in exciting, team-based competition. Once laser guns are activated and vests securely fastened, participants creep through a dark, labyrinthine, Minotaur-free arena for rounds of warfare. Lit by black lights and neon filigrees, players protect their home base while aiming at the opposing team members’ target vests with hand-held phasers. Vest vibrations signal that the player has been hit and disable the victim’s firepower for about five seconds, and gun monitors display both individual and team scores. At the end of each round, an alert sounds to signal the end of the battle and the laser's freedom to resume barcode-scanning pastimes.
The staff at VIPS - Very Important Party and Spa strives to build girls' self-esteem by enhancing spa treatments with helpful tips for at-home skincare. Their age-appropriate manicures, pedicures, and facials use organic products whenever possible, nourishing skin with essential oils and fruit extracts that have never, ever seen an R-rated movie. For the full spa experience, the staff invites guests to slip into robes, enjoy a beverage, and pose for a photo during spa-day packages and parties.
The Bogey Golf Tour grants golfers a chance to take to the links and compete against fellow amateurs in tournaments scheduled at some of the finest courses in the London, Windsor, Detroit, and Kitchener/Waterloo areas. At each event, scratch golfers compete in the Birdie division, 0–15 handicaps square off in the Par division, and 16+ handicappers trade pinpoint approaches and sequined divot tools in the Bogey division. The top five finishers in each division receive prize money—which can be paid out in gift certificates or cash—and the Tour also holds prize competitions for longest drive, closest to the pin, and 3-iron jousting. The Tour publishes the results from each tournament in local newspapers, and players can chart the peaks and valleys of their careers on the Tour Members list, which compiles all of their tournament results. Along with providing an outlet for amateur golfers to exercise their long-suppressed competitive side, the Tour and its sponsors have raised $74,000 for various area charities since 2003.
Jackie Harris, mother of two, uses the knowledge she gleaned while studying art at Kenton College to kindle a passion for art in every child she teaches. She believes art can not only unleash a child's imagination, but also improve their self-esteem. In her family-oriented Kids Creation Art Studio, Harris and her experienced team engage pint-sized artists with paint-your-own pottery, daylong or week-long summer camps, 12-week art classes, and blank canvasses coated in sugar. Troupes of youngsters can also visit the studio for art-filled birthday parties that include two hours of studio time, facepainting, and sweet treats.
Photographer's Lounge broadens the horizons of aspiring artists by connecting them with top professionals and challenging field work. The studio hosts an expansive curriculum of classes and workshops designed to engage photographers with their environment and teach the skills to capture fireworks, master the laws of photography, or market themselves as a small business. The studio also spearheads international photo tours that travel to Iceland, Venezuela, and Paris in search of rare images of foreign cultures and geography.