Rave Motion Pictures screens the summer blockbusters in 20 auditoriums outfitted with stadium seating. The theaters' digital projectors allow projectionists to easily play such gripping tales as Scream 4, a documentary about Sidney Prescott's return to Woodsboro, where Ghostface threatens the townspeople's safety (movies playing subject to change). Stretch out while watching as rows are spaced 48 inches apart from one another, one for each of the states recognized by most public-school systems. Check showtimes online for all the movies screening throughout the summer.
Hot Wheels Skate Center gives speed aficionados all the room they need to jump, roll, and race around the rink with ease. Once outfitted with a pair of freewheeling skater shoes, head to the gleaming 20,400-square-foot hardwood arena to showcase your award-winning roller-funk routine. Although this Groupon includes regular skate rental ($2), speed skates ($4) and inline hockey skates ($4) are also available, allowing skaters to glide on the foundation of their choosing to the boogey-friendly beats of top 40 tunes. To cool down after a sweaty roller-derby match or calm nerves frazzled by skating against the flow, visit Hot Wheels' snack bar and select from a stockpile of soft drinks, pizza, hot dogs, candy bars, and other stomach-friendly fare. Check out the skating schedule for a list of convenient public skate sessions ($5–$7).
Alabama Coastal Outdoors opens the state’s waterways to nautical wayfarers seeking buoyant adventure in the form of kayak-fishing, eco-touring, and snorkeling charters. With more than a decade of exploration under his belt, instructor and tour guide Trey Toifel shares his intimate knowledge of the Mobile Delta River System’s aquatic avenues and underwater traffic laws while unveiling scenic areas to adventurous guests. During each two-hour private tour, kayakers scull across placid waters while observing local wildlife and panoramic vistas. A fleet of foot-driven Hobie Mirage kayaks allows guests to explore the area hands-free while utilizing leg muscles that have lain dormant since winning a silver medal during this summer’s sack-race league games. In addition to a private tour tailored to the needs of each group, Alabama Coastal Outdoors will outfit guests with expedition-ready equipment, including photography gear, essential safety tools, and snacks to top off energy reserves.
The color chuckers at Paint Slingers aid visitors of all experience levels in the creation of personalized paintings. At each girls' night out party or open painting party, students choose prepared canvases to complete under the guidance of an art teacher, who will impart the finer points of impressionism by pretending to be a celebrity. Over the course of 2.5 hours, the sketched outline is filled to the metaphorical brim with incorporeal expression and very real paint.
As the sun rises over the forested wetlands of Dallas County, a group of camouflaged hunters leads dogs to a blind. From their perch, the shooters wait to spot passels of ducks or pheasants. The gunmen raise their rifles. They aim. Then they fire. Their feathered bounty falls from the sky.
Scenes such as this are business as usual during the autumn months at Central Alabama Fowl Preserve. There, staffers help outfit hunters with the amenities needed for a successful day, including a lodge equipped with bedrooms, a kitchen, and a social area where groups can unwind. On the offseason, the preserve opens a skeet-shooting range to help clients keep their aim sharp.
"You need to open a business and dress up other people's kids," said 13-year-old Aleigha Murphy, a daughter who'd outgrown playing dress-up with mom LaKisha. Aleigha's offhand comment took root in LaKisha's mind, and LaKisha founded Dazzle Me Kids Spa & More. Her princess- and spa-themed party packages often include age-appropriate manicures, makeup application, and temporary hair color and glitter, in addition to dress-up and fashion shows. Girls also can stop in for one of the kid-friendly spa services.