Featuring more than 20,000 square feet of play space, iJump's two locations delight pintsize adventurers with indoor attractions and all-inclusive birthday parties. After conquering inflatable slides and imaginary city-states, kids can hone their racing chops on two types of age-appropriate go-karts at iJump's original location. In addition, a 20-foot rock wall beckons explorers to strive towards its summit, and arcade games set kids on a quest for prizes. At the newer location in Crestwood, parents can relax in the lounge outfitted with a huge HDTV and free WiFi—amenities also available at the other facility—while kids safely submerge into the ball pit in search of lost wallets filled with prospective business clients. Committed to clean fun, iJump provides hand-sanitizer stations throughout its spaces.
There's no shortage of rays to soak in at Hot Spot Tanning. The salon offers bed tanning, standup spray tanning, and even a mobile airbrush outfit. This breadth of bronzing options makes it easy to achieve a summery glow without going to the pool or that scary, sandy place where the land suddenly turns into water. In addition to darkening complexions, Hot Spot Tanning specializes in red-light therapy, which can help improve skin's tone and texture.
"Tread softly," say players on Insane Paintball’s outdoor forts course. No matter how careful you are on the ground, opponents likely lurk atop the field’s 14 one- and two-story buildings, waiting to strike on the unsuspecting players below. More buildings tower above the wooded field, where teams can take cover behind mounds and old, paint-splattered cars.
Those pellets fire from Insane Paintball’s semi-automatic rental guns, part of gear packages that include face masks and compressed-air bottles. Snacks await players after long stretches of recreational, scenario, or tournament games, as do shopping sprees inside an on-site 3,500-square-foot retail store. Besides stocking new gear, the store hosts certified technicians, who repair malfunctioning equipment such as guns that only let players load crayon nubs.
Sci-Quest Hands-On Science Center engages students young and old with more than 100 interactive science, math, and technology exhibits, earning kudos from Huntsville Times readers as the area’s Best Family Attraction. A family four-pack includes general admission for two adults and two adults of the future, granting access to themed exhibits such as PlayMotion, an interactive projector that allows visitors to catch falling planets without the sinus aggravation of falling moon dust. Free live science demonstrations running everyday illuminate the salient variations between plant, animal, and bacterial cells while granting little learners microscopic views of cellular life events, such as ribosomal rugby matches.
Though giant gorillas aren't indigenous to Alabama, there is a place where you can spot one: Adventure Park at Grants Mill. Zip-lines send riders soaring past a towering sculpture of the aforementioned ape as it clutches a helpless victim in one over-sized hand. Other parts of the complex are brimming with their own treasures: a restored train engine and train car planted in the parking lot house a sports bar and casual restaurant. Visitors can also bounce between an elevated ropes course, remote-control race car track, bungee dome, water wheel, and miniature golf course.
Vulcan GameBox provides PC and console gamers with a place to try out the latest titles, compete over LAN, and socialize with fellow lovers of electronic entertainment. The center contains 36 gaming stations outfitted with PCs, Xbox 360s, PS3s, and Wiis, as well as all of the most popular games. Rollover minutes, like Spam and accusations of rigging the 12th grade student-council elections, do not expire (until the Groupon expires) and can be used during all regular store hours. Vulcan GameBox also offers a rewards program that bestows sundry perks upon frequent gamers including rank, access to special events, in-store currency, and the right to speak in Internet slang.