The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
What can studying theater do for youth? Besides helping them become fluent in Elizabethan, it instills confidence, self-discipline, and creative thinking. These are exactly the characteristics Emily Carroll-Martin wants her students to develop. During Camp Martweenie sessions, the veteran performer teaches acting, dance, and music, helping her campers express themselves, tackle stage fright, and entertain community audiences.
Colorful balls glide smoothly down the well-oiled boards at La Ru Lanes. Players can leave their grandma's telescoping grabber arm at home thanks to the bowling alley's automatic Brunswick GS-X pinsetters. And automatic scorers, also by Brunswick, keep track of every spare, strike, and gutter ball. Bruised bowling balls and tired arms take a rest at the Wildcat Den, the alley's lounge, where players can relax as sports flicker on five big screens. Guests can also celebrate birthdays with party packages, and ensure themselves some regular play by joining one of the adult and youth leagues.
The Northern Kentucky Bowling Association partners with various bowling lanes in the Cincinnati area, several of which offer additional activities such as billiards, arcade games, and cornhole. Bowlers can lob their selected urethane orb down a sleek wooden boulevard for two rigorous games, doing their best to beat a friend, relative, or imaginary godparent. Bowling shoe rentals are not included in this Groupon, but rental is $1.50–$2.50 per person, depending on location.
Of the three Super Bowl Family Fun Centers, Superbowl Erlanger is the biggest. Its skybox overlooks 64 lanes where bowlers can roll strikes and perfect their victory dances. Visitors looking for a change of pace can also head to the pool tables, perfect for games of billiards or a really easy round of miniature golf.
Erlanger's two sister fun centers?Super Bowl Bellewood and Super Bowl Alliance?boast pool tables too, along with 32 automated lanes apiece. And whichever one kids visit, they're welcome to bowl. All three spots host birthday parties and roll out bumpers for youngsters.