The phosphorescent, indoor landscape at Monster Mini Golf immerses putters in an eerie universe that inverts the sun-soaked cheer of conventional courses. Rimmed in glowing green barriers, 18 holes lure mini golfers of all sizes to challenge their coordination and resolve in the face of either winged monsters or scowling animated trees, a creepy clown, and their opponents' shockingly dazzling smiles. Sheltered from searing rain and howling wind, the indoor course may enable play around a haunted wishing well or a luminous, ghostly windmill at any time of the year. A spooky in-house DJ masks the sound of pounding hearts with lively beats while awarding prizes for oddball reasons, and golfers looking for additional glory can win other prizes by participating in regular contests or by playing at the onsite arcade.
Good putters follow a routine. For Rick Timm, it starts with a series of smooth practice strokes that adopt the rhythm of a clock pendulum. Then, he toes up into his stance, stares down the shot, and, seconds later, the ball trails into the hole.
As a PGA Teaching Professional, Rick feels that the discipline, focus, habit-building, and patience needed on the links make golf an ideal way to enrich adults and youngsters and put lazy pets to work as caddies. His slate of fun-focused instructional programs includes Girls Golf of Centennial, which provides both instruction and a support system for girls aged 7–17 as they launch into the sport. Lessons play out at the South Suburban Family Sports Center across a heated, covered driving range, grass tees, upgraded mats, and sand practice bunkers.
An active Denver photographer since 1985, Bart Levy imparts hard-won wisdom to aspiring photographers in upbeat, three-hour workshop. In these workshops, the seasoned shutterbug demystifies DSLR cameras other adjustable digital cameras', teaching pupils how to harness ISO speeds, manual settings, shutter speeds and apertures to produce crisp, memorable images of lens caps. Students also learn how to compose visually striking snapshots and Bart will also demonstrate the differences in digital file formats, so acolytes can upload and share pictures without setting their web browsers on fire.
Celebrity Lanes takes up 50,000 square feet of real estate with 32 lanes, where players fight against pins under the glow of 16 65-inch high-definition televisions. The alley glimmers even more on Fridays and Saturdays, when glow-in-the-dark bowling morphs the entire alley into a refulgent spectacle. Meanwhile, inside Altitude Sports Grill and Taphouse, 40 tap beers fill glasses, and on the grill's outdoor patio, friends face off on bocce-ball courts while trying to spot some of the 400-plus feral snowmen that call the visible Rocky Mountains home.
The brand-new battle zone at Dart Warz supplies the challenges and exhilaration of paintball without leaving players looking like they lost a fight with Sherwin-Williams. In lieu of balls, pellets, or lasers, Dart Warz relies on soft, safe foam darts as ammo. On a large field full of bunkers, teams of 20 to 80 players can hone their attack tactics in regularly lit games, or illuminate themselves in glow-play missions. Dart Warz also features special hours for adult players to wage imaginary wars without worrying about trampling wee recruits.
Rather than resort to gasoline, steam, or sled dogs on summer vacation, Speed Raceway channels the power of electricity to fuel its go-karts. These neon-green vehicles don't sacrifice velocity for eco-friendliness—they hit speeds of up to 43 mph on the track and have even greater torque than their gas-dependent counterparts. They're not the stars at the F-1 style racing arena, though. That honor belongs to the drivers, who strive to lap each other during exhilarating races.
Almost anyone can zoom down the track in pursuit of first place. Adults enroll in 12- to 14-lap races, whereas juniors (guests 13 and younger) complete 9 laps in specialized go-karts. The raceway also hosts events such as birthday parties and corporate team-building sessions. Scores are posted after each race and online, encouraging drivers to practice and improve their times.