Whether settling a pool-hall bet or the question of who can finish a burger the fastest, gamers have been fueling their competitive spirits at Jillian’s of Chesapeake for more than 20 years. Balls tumble down nine lanes toward clusters of pins in the bowling alley, while players at the billiard hall’s 10 tables psyche out pool sharks by reenacting the ending to Jaws. Elsewhere, joysticks and racing wheels test hand-eye coordination on the arcade’s more than 100 video games. In between each frame, shot, or level, players can reenergize with salads, burgers, and flatbreads at the restaurant while catching up-to-the-minute sports and highlights. The facility’s private rooms and semi-private lounges further accommodate feasting guests, with bites from Jillian’s of Chesapeake’s catering menus keeping them pleasantly sated throughout their soiree.
Chilled Ponds Ice & Turf Sports Complex features an NHL-style skating rink where both expert skaters and ice-taming pupils can practice their gliding skills. Casual ice-cutters get admission to a public skate (regularly valued at $10 for adults and $8 for children 7 and younger) and skate rental, a chilled way to avoid the sun's scorching summer dominion without resorting to amphibian tactics of public bathing. Ice-commanders should check the schedule before arriving to ensure they're attending a public skate time. As this $5 option has no purchase limit, round up a Bolivian hockey team's worth of skaters, spend a few hours bladin' with friends, and watch Dennis Quaid begin his new figure-skating career by taking a slap-shot and scoring with today's Groupon.
Five days a week, the Greenbrier Family Skating rink welcomes families for a variety of themed skating sessions. Fans of good old-fashioned open skate can drop by on Sunday afternoons or on Saturdays during morning, evening, or two different afternoon sessions, lacing up their own skates or a pair rented from the rink. Wednesday nights are when the facilities come alive for families and on Thursday nights, skaters spin to Christian music. On both mid-week days, guests feast upon unlimited pizza. Friday nights usher in an open skate from 6 to 10 p.m. with teens welcome, while an adults-only skate keeps kids at heart rolling until 2:30 a.m. The rink closes its doors to the public on Sundays and Tuesdays in order to accommodate parties or those who prefer to do the electric slide in private.
Kangaroo Jac's avenue of inflatable structures bustles with giggling swarms of children 10 and younger. During walk-in play, youngsters milk the all-access admission by repeatedly plummeting down the safe but steep fortress slide, hurdling over obstacles in the Millennium combo, and exploring the 1,000 square feet Adrenaline maze, elaborate enough to house a balloon animal Citizen Kane. Staff members help organize and clean up after parties, hosted in a private room where each child can gorge themselves on pizza, drinks, and birthday wishes. The parent area's WiFi keeps adults up-to-date on national news, whereas the toddler-only Dino Lake inflatable area keeps tots up to date on local gibberish.
Children can safely unleash their wild side at Orb Family Fun Center's indoor playground, where multicolored obstacle courses and inflatables provide soft surfaces for active limbs and wild imaginations. After leaping up and down inside air-filled bounce houses, young'uns can burrow through tunnels and pop out onto padded mats, barrel down cushioned slides, or gear up on the kiddy-car grand prix for a race or a lesson in merging etiquette. The family-friendly facility makes birthdays a breeze by providing the activities, food, and supplies necessary for any good party, and can host larger gatherings such as field trips, church outings, or corporate events.
KJ's ReBall Arena](http://www.kjreball.com) houses a field of play filled with adrenaline on which players fire soft rubber balls in quick-paced games where strategy counts but quick reactions reign supreme. In the arena, players wield paintball guns without creating colorful messes and or the need for subsequent dips in a bleach jacuzzi. Reballers utilize strategy and catlike reflexes to negotiate the terrain populated by big, yellow and black inflatable obstacles placed over an enclosed space and multicolored patchwork carpet. KJ's hosts open play, during which teams of friends can face off against each other, as well as league play for those wishing to take the competition up a notch.