Atlanta Rocks' expansive vertical playground is home to hundreds of climbs, 50 top-rope stations, and more than 12,000 square feet of professionally set routes atop a safe climbing surface. All passionate climbers themselves, the staff has created interesting and intricate problems to solve for climbers of all skill levels. Climbers looking to enhance their know how can participate in one of the gym’s many programs, and the staff also drops knowledge on beginners with introductory climbing courses that include all required gear and cover subjects ranging from advanced lead climbing to the fundamentals of massaging knots out of tense rope.
Gleaming bowling balls rumble down 40 polished wooden lanes at Junction Lanes Family Entertainment Center, where clusters of bowlers lace up multicolored kicks and spend an hour waltzing to the tune of clattering pins. On weekends, regular lights and just-whitened smiles give way to the black lights, strobe lights, disco balls, and rousing music of cosmic bowling.
Mini golfers can head over to Junction Linx, a course awash in neon obstacles and vivid arboreal murals. Sculpted lions, rhinos, and alligators snap at passing putters in the jungle-themed portion of the course; homages to patriotic landmarks surround the other nine holes, featuring replicas of the Liberty Bell, the Lincoln Memorial, and Jack Nicklaus’s backyard.
At The Depot Grill, players sink teeth into piping-hot pizzas from Buchi Z Pizza, creamy scoops of Bruster’s Ice Cream, or steaming buns loaded with Nathan’s Famous hot dogs. This sustenance shores up gamers so they can hone their reflexes at the arcade.
Brightly colored bowling balls careen down slick lanes, colliding with upright pins that spill over in a cacophony of satisfying crashes. Despite the help of bumpers and a last-second push from the tooth fairy, the 6-year-old who rolled the ball couldn't be more proud of his first strike. Up to eight guests can share a lane at Suburban Lanes' family-friendly facility, splitting time between cathartic bowling matches and the plethora of games in the arcade, including Ms. Pac-Man, Whack A Duck, and skee ball. On weekends, guests stay late to indulge in the black lights and neon colors of cosmic bowling, sipping on draft glasses of Shock Top, Magic Hat, or Pabst Blue Ribbon and sharing snacks of pizza, chicken tenders, or funnel cakes. Bowlers can get serious about their hatred of gutter balls by joining a league or competing in a tournament, with youngsters starting their bowling careers early in youth leagues or summer camps.
Inside the cavernous confines of the old truck-engine-repair warehouse, shrieks and squeals fill the air as Superman stands completely still, a solemn look on his face. The limbo competition has just started, and he looks uneasily at the bamboo pole extended in front of him, unsure of his fate. Despite what appear to be rippling muscles, this Superman is not saving the day, but rather celebrating Halloween at Leapin' Lizards, along with a gaggle of other costume-clad youngsters. Fostering this atmosphere of ebullient play and excitement throughout the year is a quartet of entrepreneurs who founded the venture in 2008. Determined to build an indoor play space that would be as safe and fun for kids as it was environmentally responsible, the four owners converted the warehouse into an interactive playground replete with entertaining installations such as bounce castles bolstered by eco-friendly touches, including a recycling center and organic snacks. Bathed in the glow of natural light filtering in from the glass roll-up garage door, kids test Newton's theory as they leap skyward on trampolines and develop motor skills in air-filled obstacle courses, navigating around slides, hoops, and off-course Macy's Thanksgiving parade balloons. In the aquarium-themed youngsters-only area, infants and toddlers can safely explore playground confines surrounded by plush bumpers. Hand-painted murals of elephants, giraffes, and birds inspire the imaginations of tykes as they gambol around the multitiered play house, raiding the dress-up area to don firefighter outfits for faux emergencies or pinstriped business suits to play a spirited game of jury selection.
In WhirlyBall, participants maneuver free-range bumper cars and use a handheld scoop to collect wiffle balls to launch at the overhead targets located on either end of the court. You'll work together in teams of up to five at a time (up to 20 players are allowed on the court at once, and at least 10 are required) to crush your opponents in a whirlywind of scoops and balls. Surrounded by safety bumpers, your vehicle enjoys a complete range of motion with powerful steering that allows you to turn on a whim or a dime. If more than 20 Whirlers are in the party, players can be rotated in and watch from the comfort of leather lounge couches instead of gathering posterior splinters on the end of a rigid bench.
By day, The Bounce House Amusement Center's bouncers, slides, and obstacles courses are what you'd expect them to be: colorful inflatable surfaces where kids climb, clamor, and jump. At night, though, they function as cover for laser tag combatants, who sneak and shoot their way around the inflatable arena during 10- to 15-minute games. On Friday evenings and during full moons, patrons can enjoy the arcade, with The Bounce House switching on its nine 50-inch televisions for rounds of Xbox 360 and Wii games such as Lego Harry Potter and Call of Duty .
Along with open playtimes, the center hosts camps, as well as birthday parties built around its inflatable, laser tag, and video game attractions.