When drivers are whipping around the four hairpin turns at Miramar Speed Circuit and accelerating up to 40 miles per hour down the straightaways, it suddenly seems obvious that professional racers designed the layout. Both the quarter-mile, indoor, asphalt track and the soft tires of the go-karts wear a specialized sealant that helps eliminate the need for brakes when drivers are taking corners at high speeds. The mini vehicles also feature 6.5-horsepower, gas-powered Honda engines and electronic lap timers that allow drivers to survey their personal bests and determine how long it would take to drive to Australia. Safety is of the utmost concern, which is why a track manager and several marshals monitor each race, and why the course boasts bright blue and yellow protection barriers.
For guests seeking off-the-track thrills, a 5,000-square-foot laser-tag maze pits teams against one another on a foggy, obstacle-filled battleground. The facility also hosts parties and corporate events, hones driving skills with private lessons, and gives back to many charitable organizations within the community.
You've probably heard this phrase before, or at least something to its effect: "Back in my day, that cost a nickel." Decades ago, just about everything ran five cents, from candy bars to bus rides. Of course, anywhere you go today, that simply isn't the case?anywhere, that is, except for Nickel City Fun Center.
Nickel City operates almost exclusively on nickels. Inside the 15,000-square-foot space, visitors can play more than 100 games by inserting the coin that features Thomas Jefferson's only selfie. They can top high scores in pinball, zip goals past air hockey opponents, or even conquer ticket-redemption games and trade their paper winnings in for prizes. In addition to all its games, Nickel City also features four Highway 66-themed miniature bowling lanes with automatic scoring and bumpers. The best part: players don't have to wear special shoes or hover above the lanes on a magic carpet?they can just step up and start bowling.
At Boomers!, thrill-seeking families and fun-enabling friends can attack a variety of appealing attractions, including mini golf, batting cages, bumper boats, and the button-mashing joys housed inside the exhilarating game room. The Vista location entertains families of sharpshooters with a blacklight-illuminated laser-tag arena before little ones climb and crawl through the Kidopolis play area. The El Cajon and San Diego locations let rivals celebrate the spirit of competition as they fly past each other in speedy go-karts or have a snail-paced Ferris wheel race at the kid's county fair. Unlimited pass holders at the El Cajon location can also scale the 32-foot-tall climbing wall, which, like America, enables citizens to climb to the top via myriad routes.
At Kearny Mesa Bowl, groups of players demonstrate their underhand accuracy before crooning hits at the onsite karaoke bar. The alley hosts open hours throughout the week, along with league opportunities for men, women, and children. Lightweight bowling balls are available for kiddies or adults whose arms are tired from bouts of underground gorilla arm wrestling. After open sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings, Kearny Mesa Bowl enlivens its space with the music and flashing lights of Rock 'n' Bowl. The alley also boasts an arcade, caf?, and full-service bar, where guests can exercise their vocal cords during weekend karaoke sessions.
At Inflatable World, a 35-foot slides tower above 40,000 square feet of space as youngsters cavort among the outdoor park's 12 air-filled and watery attractions. Nestled among the soaring slides, bounce domes shelter leaping tykes and obstacle courses challenge adventurers to navigate obstructed terrain. Themed inflatables in the shapes of dragons, pirates, and saber-toothed tigers host open-play participants, as well as parties and fundraisers. Inflatable World also rents out its stock for events, pairing football enthusiasts with end-zone bounce houses or existentialists with specially deflated items.
UltraStar Cinemas cossets moviegoers in cushy seating as they enjoy Hollywood hits alongside buttery servings of popcorn. Film buffs can peruse the current showtimes to handpick an action-packed flick, romantic comedy, or chilling thriller featuring inexplicably aggressive hamsters. The concession stand outfits moviegoers with snacks, drinks, and buckets filled with warm kernels, keeping stomach grumblings to a minimum during showings and providing crunchy projectiles in case of sudden younger-sibling attacks.