In 1956, the owners of Cedar Hill Roller Rink stuck a sky-blue sign on the edge of Main Street. With only the word "Skating" displayed in retro block lettering, the sign called out to travelers, urging them to stop inside for classic four-wheeled entertainment. Today, the rink's hardwood surface provides smooth gliding after five decades upkeep, upbeat music, and upstanding gentlemen who know how to ask a gal to dance despite having untimely sweaty palms.
Though many anthropological museums focus on peoples who are long gone, the International Museum of Cultures displays more than 10 storied exhibits on contemporary indigenous populations from around the world, including Papua New Guinea, Mexico, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here, visitors glean insight into the respective cultures and the challenges they face. As guests peruse the displays, they can explore Lakota Sioux artifacts such as dream catchers and arrowheads, learn about the hunter-gatherer Agta from the Philippines, and listen to Drumbeats of the World, an interactive exhibit that pulsates with percussive heartbeats from Ecuador, Pakistan, and Korea.
For more than three decades, the Hudson family has fostered a fun, safe environment for exercise at Red Bird Skateland. The glossy roller rink welcomes the public during open skate hours, and hosts birthday parties as well. Bashes can be held during public skate hours, or birthday kids can opt for private celebrations, which lets partygoers skate unimpeded by strangers after feasting on cake.
Pump It Up knows it's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt, so they skip the last part. Each piece of the indoor inflatable playground is held to the wall by a complex series of anchors installed according to strict safety standards. The staffers' watchful eyes take care of the rest. Sock-clad striplings are then free to safely launch themselves into the air with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Adult counterparts can leap alongside their offspring through gargantuan bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, or slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an inflated obstacle course. Occasionally, the lights get switched off, and the roomful of players navigate the air-cushioned obstaclescape with glow sticks and bracelets.
The colorful venue also hosts custom birthday parties and private team parties, each themed to please the partygoers in question. These soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero that melt off youthful energy faster than ice cubes tossed into a running DVD player. At the climax, the birthday boy or girl gets to blow out the candles on their cake while seated on a blow-up throne.
Forum Roller World’s vast polished hardwood floor stretches below a similarly vast ceiling outfitted with festive lights. And between the two? A scrum of roller skaters gliding, weaving, and figure-eighting to the tune of music such as hip-hop and gospel. This large facility welcomes skaters of all levels to slip into a pair of skates and cruise the floors. On Sunday nights until 1 a.m., adults rule the roost, where they can skate at their own speed without having to dodge children or re-oil their training wheels.
Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge combines bowling with swankiness, four bars, and a full-service restaurant. The result is a well-decorated, party-time pinsperience. Al fresco bowling transpires on the lawn at Splitsville's outdoor bowling lane, located near the breezy patio and live band. Inside, a DJ spins tunes above a dance floor designed especially for extended victory dances. Mid-century décor, kidney-shaped tables, and red swivel-pod chairs complete the retro-chic scene.
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Retreat into the dark, comforting womb of the movie theater and nourish yourself with entertainment. Today's Groupon gets you two tickets to any movie at Studio Movie Grill, Dallas's movie theater–restaurant for $5. Ticket prices normally range from $5.75 for children to $9.50 for adults on weekends. Studio Movie Grill supplies all the comforts of watching a movie at home, except with table service, more food options, comfortable chairs that are comfier, and a much larger screen. Grab this Groupon and give your home butler and personal projectionist the night off, or buy two and invite them along.
Studio Movie Grill offers full table service during the feature; just arrive a few minutes early to place your order before the show begins. Take a look at the Studio Movie Grill's bountiful menu of hearty offerings: burgers ($9.49–$11.99), chicken sandwiches ($9.49–$10.49), quesadillas ($8.99–$10.99), salads ($8.49–$11.99), and more. The Grill also houses a full bar; your attentive, yet unobtrusive server will grace your table with the tipple of your choice, be it a vodka cocktail, a glass of red, or a 60-oz. pitcher of Dos Equis ($15.99) to make Transformers 2 go down a little easier.
Redeem your Groupon at one of five Studio Movie Grill locations: Addison, Arlington, Royal Lane, Lewisville, or Plano. Buy tickets for any upcoming show, make a date with your boxing coach, and head over to the Studio Movie Grill for dinner and a show.
Studio Movie Grill satisfies the food and entertainment yearnings of critics on Yahoo! Local and Citysearch; both give it four stars:
- Great night out with my family. Took my parents to the Studio for dinner and a movie. We also enjoyed the drinks! Food was delicious...Service was good, not obtrusive, but available when you needed. – colleyvillemomoftwins, Yahoo! Local
- Great food served in stadium seating makes this a fun outing. The movie theater part is top notch and food is good too. – drldallas, Citysearch
- Date night: Its [sic] great to go on a date to.The food is so good we had the sampler. – Michelle, Yahoo! Local