True to its name, the play space at Gamer's Room resembles a video gaming clubhouse. Players lounge on a plush red couch and cushy leather recliners as they watch the rows of flat-screen televisions, each compatible for play with 3D glasses. They play alone or across the local-area network on 10 gaming stations, competing on such titles as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, or they can bring their own games and systems. Regular tournaments reward competitors with the sharpest skills, and the venue has been known to turn down the lights for parties lit only by a disco ball, spinning like a tantalizing health power-up. Players can also head to Gamer's Room for game-release parties and to sell, trade, or buy games.
A day at The Icepark at Concord Mills means nonstop opportunities for fun and thrills. From late-November until mid-January, patrons can break from the holiday shopping bustle and indulge in skating on the park's ice rink. Thoughout the year, customers can also take on the park's 18 mini-golf holes wind through waterfalls, tunnels, and other obstacles. Trampolines launch visitors towards the sky at the Spider Jump area, and a Fun Slide towers 100 feet high. But the real stars of the park are the four go-kart tracks. Here, all it takes is a little imagination for visitors to envision themselves as pro racecar drivers speeding their way to the nearest 7-Eleven for snacks.
The sound of feet slapping on the padded ground and little voices twisted by constant motion fill Xtreme Play. Jeff and Julie Austin, owners of the play center, have five children, so they are familiar with the busy chorus. The duo and its staff are also well prepared to keep an eye on youngsters as they bounce from inflatable obstacles or squeal down slides. At a miniature arcade, small hands grab Wii and PlayStation controllers, simulating adventures through castles and the civil-service tests to become a castle inspector. The babble of special events drifts from private party rooms, where pizzas fuel fetes.
Surrounded by soothing, low-lit earth tones, visitors to Elements Spa Salon at Great Wolf Lodge are encouraged to relax from the moment they cross the spa's threshold. Many of the services incorporate Eminence Organic Skin Care products, an all-natural line made from fruits, vegetables, and herbs.