Walking into Rolling Thunder Skating Center feels a lot like walking into an indoor carnival: there are rides inside, an arcade with video games and skeeball, and there's even a mural of a rollercoaster on the walls. Still, the center's core identity pulses on the groove of pure roller fun, boasting an expansive rink and its own pizzeria. Around the whole scene, skaters can glide and groove to Top-40 tunes. Parents can join kids on the rink, or watch from the booths in the seating area to ensure that their kids are safe and aren't mouthing any lyrics to Will Smith's Parent's Just Don't Understand.
Beyond its roaring arcade and indoor amusement park, The Funplex decrees that 8,000 of its 100,000-square-foot kingdom be annexed to the Realm where fantasy game MagiQuest disperses Magis on heroic adventurers through an interactive and spellbinding semivirtual lair. Carefully choose your Magi alias and grab your secret-yielding loaner wand (a $2 value) before embarking on a fantastical adventure filled with distinguished wizards, enchanting pixies, and cunning dragons. Seasoned with mystical spells and motion sensors, wands respond to trees, mountains, and flat screens sprinkled throughout the Realm, sharing clues so Magi can complete honorable tasks or surprise wicked goblins with an unexpected hug. With unlimited play (a $14.95 value), Magis can entreat the hours to swallow them into the transformative wormhole of role-playing bliss.
Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park invites dippers, divers, and lazy river rafters to their 58,000-square-foot splash factory that houses boat loads of tube slides, family raft rides, and other poolside attractions. Ungilled patrons ages 8 and older can challenge man-made waves with their mighty boards on the Flowrider surfing simulator, or play a pickup game of b-ball in Sam's Slamdunker pool that has hoops positioned in the center. Daycationers need not leave the premises for lunch, as Sahara Sam's houses a café with a menu buoyed by pizzas, sandwiches, and more. Aqua-loving visitors who plan to stay at the Wyndham Hotel in Mount Laurel will receive a discounted nightly rate of $79 when they reference "Sahara Sam's Groupon" upon booking. This rate applies based on availability and possible blackout dates.
Children do a lot of learning in school, but many of today's classrooms aren't properly equipped with blow-up slides and bounce houses that are essential to teaching lessons about fun. Monkey Town picks up where schools have failed, giving kids the freedom to stick themselves to a Velcro wall or frolic on the jungle gym. Under close staff supervision, obstacle courses challenge kids to use their wits to overcome impediments and solve the riddles of an obstructive sphinx. A snack area and four private party rooms provide an oasis for celebrating birthdays and refueling from the day's fun with pizza and sodas.
Part theme park, part water park, Clementon Park and Splash World thrills visitors whether they get wet or stay dry. With attractions ranging from a lazy river to a 10-story free fall, families will find a heart-racing adventures for all ages, and located just 20 minutes from Center City, the fun is easy to access as well. Visitors can relax during the quarter-mile lazy river, wade through South Jersey's biggest wave pool, or descend a cool 100 feet on Thunder Drop. Thrill-seekers can turn upside-down and backward in The Ring of Fire roller coaster, or hop on the world's tallest dueling trap door speed slides, Torpedo Rush. After emptying out their stomachs with screams, visitors can refuel with an array of juicy burgers, fresh-baked pizza, and crispy chicken tenders. Funnel cakes and cotton candy complete the carnival experience, or guests can choose to bring their own food to be enjoyed in the picnic areas near the parking lot.
Inside Tip: Families who would like to avoid crowds should visit Monday?Wednesday.
The Survival Race?s 5-kilometer track challenges racers to navigate a gauntlet of mud-laden terrain. Staggered waves of up to 300 runners each conquer military-style obstacles, wade through murky water, and slide through muddy trenches before reaching the finish line to celebrate at a shindig awash with delicious eats and smitten swamp monsters. Afterward, a Facebook album aids online nostalgia by showcasing dirt-caked athletes and their marshy feats.