Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Friends and families season afternoons with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution and engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit gear light up the full sensorium. At XL locations, game rooms beckon with nimble joystick workouts on classic and modern arcade games.
At Delaware State Fair Ice Rink, skaters of all ages slice through the permafrost on freshly sharpened blades. Along with regular open-skating sessions, the 49,000 square foot rink hosts hockey and ice skating lessons for children that impart basic skills such as balancing, weight distribution, and how to pirouette while texting. Parents cheer on their children's progress in a large, heated viewing lobby while up to 350 fans crowd into the seats to cheer on swatted shots of fall and winter ice hockey league.
With a host of classes in theater, music, and dance, Premier Centre for the Arts aims to unleash a bevy of talented youth performers upon the community. Up to 500 students per week immerse themselves in performance studies such as improvisation, musical theater, and tap dancing, learning new skills that they’ll later show off during the center's 250 annual performances or in front of a rapt audience of stuffed animals in their living room.
Operating since 1903, Beaver Dam Boat Rentals provides access to the quiet waters and plentiful wildlife of Oranokin Creek. Initially prized by the Lenape Indians for its abundance of crabs, the creek offers crabbing enthusiasts a chance to snag up to a bushel of prized blue claws. Staff can tow guests to one of the four salt ponds where the crabs are hiding and help lure them out with free subscriptions to People magazine. Beaver Dam will stop by throughout the day to tow boats to a more attractive location, and can provide all necessary supplies.
Sightseeers can also test out Oranokin Creek in an old-fashioned rowboat, or rent fiberglass boats ($50–$60) that hold five passengers or party boats that hold up to six ($70). Beaver Dam Boat Rentals also offers guided kayak tours suited to participants' experience and fitness levels, and operates a boat ramp for the start of duck-hunting season.:m]]
Since first opening their grounds in 1980, Adkins Arboretum?s 400-acre garden and preserve have sheltered plants native to the mid-Atlantic coastal plain. More than 600 species of them, in fact, encompassing everything from water hemlocks and flowering dogwoods to skunk cabbages. These trees, shrubs, and grasses?not to mention picturesque streams and meadows?line five miles of paths, along which visitors can walk, bike, or even ski. If five miles sounds daunting to youngsters, they can instead explore Paw Paw Playground, an assemblage of wigwams, balance beams, and other toys crafted from natural materials by a local Eagle Scout. Besides its extensive gardens, Adkins Arboretum also plays host to numerous year-round programs, including lectures, art exhibitions, and two plant sales each year.
Although its playground is all indoors, Hullabaloo Amusement Center encourages kids to use their outdoor voices. In fact, it would be difficult for them not to once they see the 2,500-square-foot soft-play structure. With walls to climb, zip lines to descend from, and bouncy floors to jump on, the playground is the perfect place to let off some steam and the snack room offers a place to refuel. Toddlers escape to their own exclusive area, where they can engage in gentler, age-appropriate play and get the low-down on the drama in their older siblings' play group. Meanwhile, the moon bounce allows kids the chance jump out their energy, the arcade trains hand-eye coordination with ticket-awarding games, and kids can express their creative side by creating custom stuffed animals in the Build-A-Buddy center. Party packages grant guests access to all of the preceding features, as well as a party host to assist with setup and cleanup.