At Northern Lights Theatre Pub, audience members sip riesling and sink forks into chicken breasts as movie families sit down to dinner on the silver screen. Cinema-goers order their meals before sitting down to watch second-run flicks, letting waiters ferry their pulled-pork burritos or Angus burgers right to their seats so they don’t miss a screen couple’s passionate first kiss, tender final embrace, or heartwarming jump from an exploding helicopter. In addition to finger foods, the chefs take their fare up a notch by layering personal pizzas with housemade sauce, sprinkling parmesan cheese and squeezing lemon juice over chicken breasts, and piling pineapple atop their banana splits. Before evening films light up the theaters, Northern Lights’ full-service bar kicks into gear, leading to age restrictions so that moviegoers can freely sip on-tap beers such as Blue Moon and Gilgamesh Mamba or wash down bites with chardonnay and shiraz. In addition to screening blockbuster movies, the theater pub’s three auditoriums occasionally show sports or host live shows such as standup comedy.
Historic Deepwood Estate's 1894 Queen Anne home rests its gables amid approximately 4 acres of lush gardens and nature trails, fascinating visitors with its Victorian-era architectural features and insightful exhibits. The Cherry Jubilee benefit dinner kicks off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail party and a silent auction, where revelers can raise hands, paddles, or 20-foot oars to bid on myriad prizes, including a one-week getaway at Eagle Crest Resort, golf outings, and spa packages. The estate’s intricately designed gardens will play host to the evening's cherry-themed four-course dinner, which commences with a spinach, almond, cherry, and manchego cheese salad and culminates with delectable desserts, such as cherry tarts and italian panna cotta luxuriating in a cherry-infused sea. Live music by JT & The Tourists revives the poodle-skirt sounds of the ’50s and ’60s, specially remixed to conscript shoes into bobby-soxing dance armies. Proceeds from the Cherry Jubilee dinner and silent auction benefit the Friends of Deepwood and their quest for historic preservation.
At Firs Bowl Lanes, brightly colored house bowling balls glide down 24 synthetic and wood lanes as automatic scoring systems prevent exaggeration-prone players from claiming to have bowled a 3,000. Anchoring the bowling center’s concourse, these lanes attract both league and open bowlers, who frequent special weekend events such as Friday Family Night and the neon-lit Kosmic Bowl. The center’s amenities include bumper lanes, a lottery, video games, and a diner-style snack bar where guests sit on low-slung barstools while enjoying food, beer, and other beverages.
Skaters glide and twirl across the smooth surface of Springfield Skate World's vast roller rink. With a 10-session skate punch card, roll patrollers have a license to enjoy eight-wheeled excitement any time during regular public hours. Skaters can circle the rink to the sounds of music they request from the DJ, or they can blade to throwback tunes while doing the Nixon Hop during retro night every Sunday. After famishing public-skate sessions, the wheel toed can head to the snack bar to put away a large popcorn, a large cotton candy, and a large soda. All 10 skate sessions include complimentary quad-skate rental, with the option to upgrade to in-line skates for a $3 fee or to a 1956 Chevy Thunderbird for a $35,000 fee.
Drop-in play sessions at Kick City Sports Park and Corvallis Sports Park entertain tykes with plush turf landscapes outfitted with balls, tunnels, playhouses, and toys. Every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday morning (Saturdays at the Corvallis location only), indoor soccer fields sprout foam noodles, tumbling mats, and play houses, which foster hours of rambunctious, imaginative fun. Since the indoor play palace is weather-resistant, children can slide and roll without the fear of mud, grass, or hot tar sullying their clothing. To strengthen the government-mandated bond between parent and child, each session requires a guardian be present at all times, just like the first day of college.