Dave's Need 4 Speed revs entertainment engines with a trio of attractions that send adrenaline juices coursing through thrill seekers of all ages. Laser-tag combatants equipped with light-blasting carbines sprint, crawl, and conga dance through a pirate-ship-themed battleground where glowing barrels and wooden bridges conceal camouflaged warriors and deflect misfires back into the darkness. The illuminated fairways of a cosmic mini-golf course unfurl amid radiating urban backdrops, challenging putters to sink holes in one beneath the shadows of the Statue of Liberty and other American landmarks. Guests who share Dave's disdain for sluggish steering can hop into a go-kart and whip around one of the center's age-appropriate tracks, which foster high-speed excitement with a fresh slathering of melted butter prior to each race.
At Eastridge Lanes, competitive camaraderie bonds athletes as they slug bowling balls down 32 glossy lanes. Bumpers ascend to guard gutters when kids or nesting squirrels are nearby, and 42-inch flat-screen TVs keep adults entertained. The alley's leagues and tournaments cultivate friendly face-offs, often over the promise of a cash prize. All-you-can-bowl evenings, held every Friday and Saturday, make it easier to finally hit that goal of one million pins, while nearby, Lane 33 Cafe slings nachos, hot dogs, or fresh pizza for birthday partygoers and refueling athletes.
Vivid reds, blues, greens, and yellows fill Jump-N-Jive’s 39,000-square-foot facility as kids bounce on a spectrum of inflatable objects. The indoor playground’s party-like atmosphere has earned praise in the Amarillo Globe-News, whose readers voted Jump-N-Jive the best venue for children's birthdays in 2008–2011. Available party packages include a party assistant, treats, and supplies, making the blow-up jungle gym an excellent spot for field trips, corporate parties, or flash-mob reunions.
In 1973, Jimmy and Katie Dean signed the papers to purchase Joyland Amusement Park, which had fallen into neglect after first opening in the 1940s. They thoroughly revamped the 13 attractions the park had then, and Katie still helps manage the more than 30 kiddie, thrill, family, and water rides that send guests rolling, spinning, and splashing today. From the Skyride's gondolas that sail high overhead, families take in scenic vistas of an antique carousel, the speedy Galaxi coaster, and a log flume powered by Old Faithful’s underachieving brother. Joyland opens its gates from mid-March until early fall, closing in the winter months for rollercoaster-hibernation season.
Run by a crew of board-sport enthusiasts, Riptank Boardshop outfits riders with wakeboards, skateboards, snowboards, and tons of auxiliary accessories and gear. Along with T-shirts, thermals, and hoodies for both men and women, the shop stocks Billabong vests for wakeboarders, wheels for skaters, and goggles that shield snowboarders from snow powder and the kisses of overly affectionate yetis. Meanwhile, outside the shop, Riptank hosts numerous events, such as contests and pro demos.