During the week, the lot at The Drive-In sits vacant—but it's far from abandoned. A bit before the clock strikes 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, cars start to crowd into empty spots. The carloads of families and couples on date night are there for the feature, which usually includes one kid-friendly movie—think Planes—or one for grownups, such as Wolverine. Plus, audience members can munch on buckets of popcorn as films unfold.
Grabow Outdoors helps enthusiasts sharpen their hunting and tournament shooting skills, and supplies the gear necessary for their next marksmanship adventure. Bow-and-arrow lessons bolster students’ wealth of knowledge by pairing them up with a Grabow's resident experts, whose experience imparts pupils with the ancient skills of archery and the modern skills of celebratory hokey pokeying. Students are outfitted with an appropriate bow, arrowheads, and safety equipment, and can practice at indoor or outdoor ranges. At its 13,500 square foot facility—with more than 5,000 square feet of retail space—Grabow Outdoors offers archery, guns, and other hunting and fishing equipment, including bows manufactured on site.
Established in 1954 and having garnered the Birmingham magazine 2010 award for Best Dance Classes, Dale Serrano Dance Inc. and its troupe of talented instructors lead children of all skill levels, aged 2–18, in classes ranging from jazz and ballet to hip-hop, tap, and cheer. Budding ballerinas gracefully plié and gallivant about the class, and musical-theater mavens learn the ins and outs of stage performance. Dancers who commit to additional months of vigilant rehearsal and practice can showcase their talents at the year-end recital or opt for impromptu performances at nearby weddings and city-council investitures.
A hardwood maple skating rink shines beneath the glow of neon lights at Funtime Skate Center. In the middle of the rink, a checkered zone invites beginners to get a feel for their wheels as experienced skaters make laps around the rink's outer edge. The rink also does double duty on select days, hosting the Tragic City Rollers as they slingshot and skate their way toward victory and the pride that comes with never wearing shoes. In addition to skating and snacking at the on-site Funtime Café, the center houses four party rooms primed for birthday parties large or small. And, on Friday and Saturday nights, cosmic lighting and sound effects transform the facility into a world of wonderment and gossip-worthy handholding.
The Edge’s movie masters light up wall-to-wall screens with anticipated blockbusters and obscure indie flicks as guests kick back in high-backed, adjustable chairs. 18-inch risers position each row at just the right height for an unobstructed stadium-style view, and Dolby Digital surround sound systems tickle eardrums with multidimensional soundscapes. While cinephiles tuck in to tasty tidbits and delicious plotlines, moveable cup-holder armrests make it easy to stow beverages, snuggle with loved ones, or catapult beverages onto not-so-loved ones. The concessions stand sells beer and wine throughout screenings.
Though giant gorillas aren't indigenous to Alabama, there is a place where you can spot one: Adventure Park at Grants Mill. Zip-lines send riders soaring past a towering sculpture of the aforementioned ape as it clutches a helpless victim in one over-sized hand. Other parts of the complex are brimming with their own treasures: a restored train engine and train car planted in the parking lot house a sports bar and casual restaurant. Visitors can also bounce between an elevated ropes course, remote-control race car track, bungee dome, water wheel, and miniature golf course.