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  • The Tag Zone
    A siren whines, and its volume suddenly overwhelms all other sounds on the ravaged battleground. Soldiers peek out from between layers of sandbags. Some stick to the camouflage netting on the edges of the field, cautious, yet daring to hope that the keening noise means a ceasefire. They're out of ammo. Finally, the call comes over the loudspeaker—"Reload!"—and they rush forward, snatching up handfuls of bright orange darts and popping them back into their plastic weapons. Once the siren goes silent, the fighting will begin anew, and the indoor arena will once again become a flurry of foam projectiles and laughter. This scenario is a typical open play session at the Tag Zone, where an armory of Nerf guns ensures safe yet thrilling competitions. Every battle follows the rules of one of four team-based games: squad vs. squad, capture the flag, protect the leader, or "the prison." Youngsters ages 5 and up launch and dodge the soft missiles in an indoor arena dappled with padded obstacles. Field #1 displays inflatable bunkers throughout the 2,300-square-foot zone, whereas Field #2 stacks sandbags and barrels around 1,900 square feet of military-themed space. To encourage teamwork and fair play, a referee oversees each bout. Though The Tag Zone is all for friendly rivalries, the staff refrains from tracking scores. They prefer to focus on in-the-moment excitement and sportsmanship. In addition to rounds of open play, they also host private parties, tournaments, and monthly sleepovers, which bookend a night of rest with Nerf warfare. Additionally, adults can also join in the fun of aiming toy bazookas during corporate events that forge bonds between coworkers. Parents can even participate in open play matches, preparing their kids for the day when they must hunt and capture their own birthday piñatas.
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    605 S 223rd St.
    Des Moines, WA US
  • Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum
    The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum celebrates the thrill and wonder of hydroplane racing, and its the only museum of its kind in the United States. Along with historical books, race programs, trophies, and photos from the last century, its collection of hydroplanes from the past 70 years tells the story of the watery sport. The staff has brought seven famous Gold Cup and Harmsworth winners back to their fully operational states, and will even take members out on the water in one of their historical vessels for a Ride of a Lifetime. Offering a glimpse back in time, they boast than 200 hours of racing footage dating back to the 1940s and share stories of legendary drivers including Mira Slovak and "Wild" Bill Cantrell, who was famous for solving crimes with the help of his artificially intelligent hydroplane. However, the museum isn't just about the past. A lineup of regular events invites folks to show off their powerboats and hot rods to fellow enthusiasts, and races bring the excitement of the sport to the present day as boats cut through the waves vying for titles.
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    5917 S 196th St
    Kent, WA US
  • PGP Motorsports Park
    The buzz of motors rises and falls as bright-red blurs zip around the track at PGP Motorsports Park. Here, in the shadow of Mount Rainier, racers ages 15 and older loop around an 8/10-mile track at speeds of up to 48 miles per hour, leaning back in the ergonomic seats of Italian-built Birel N35 karts. The 30-foot-wide asphalt track can be altered to take on 12 different configurations and is centered in a velodrome, which puts spectators at an elevated angle so they get a good line of sight no matter where they sit. For safety reasons, drivers should wear long sleeves and pants and closed-toe shoes. Drivers are equipped with helmets and driving suits, and since races take place rain or shine, they will also be provided with rain gear that includes waterproof gloves and booties.
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    31003 144th Avenue Southeast
    Kent, WA US
  • Freedom Run Equestrian Center
    For both Sarah Matuszewski and Brittney Venhorst, a lifetime of equestrian practice and horse adoration has led them to their current roles as the head coaches at Freedom Run Equestrian Center. Their easygoing demeanors create a supportive yet challenging environment where students can grow into balanced and confident riders. All students begin on the lunge line and participate in strength-training exercises to develop strong legs and steady hands before moving on to lessons in the disciplines of eventing, hunter jumper, and dressage. Students are expected to groom, tack, and care for their horses as a supplement to their saddle-based learning. This broad-based approach to horsemanship cultivates a sense of interspecies camaraderie that can come in handy during high-pressure dressage championships or old-timey bank robberies.
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    22828 156th Ave SE
    Kent, WA US
  • Kent Bowl
    Established: 1958 Reservations/Appointments: Optional Staff Size: 11?25 people Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours Handicap Accessible: No Parking: Parking lot Recommended Age Group: All Ages Though its amenities have grown significantly since its founding in 1958, Kent Bowl is, and has always been, all about one thing: bowling. At first, the 24-lane establishment sat next door to a livestock yard. It stayed in business thanks to bowling alone, with a mere three employees to its name, until Jack Zaborac took over. He and his wife cultivated the alley, adding a snack bar and eight more lanes and beginning to host tournaments. Their first tournament coaxed out 150 bowlers; to date, their largest summoned 8,900 aficionados of the sport. The owners have organized competitions for sport and charity and operated a bowling program for the handicapped for more than four decades. These accomplishments has caused Kent Bowl to earn a reputation as a serious and family-friendly bowling ally, an aura they maintain today by not adding any video arcades or gambling games to distract from their feature attraction.
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    1234 N Central Ave.
    Kent, WA US
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