For more than 30 years, skate wheels have rumbled across the boards at Salem Fun Factory. Skaters strap on classic quads, inline, or speed skates, and do laps around the rink while lively music plays. But when they want to set feet on solid ground, the fun doesn't have to end. Among the laser-tag arena's dim lights and glowing obstacles, players duck and hide as they chase down their enemies to try to win the game or just give them noogies. Meanwhile, in the play area, kids winnow through tunnels and down slides before racing over to win prizes at the arcade. Parents who are just watching can skip the admission charges and jump on the free WiFi to pass the time until their broods are ready for milk shakes and pizza at the concession stand.
When you look around the 150'x80' rink at Kent State University Ice Arena, you can’t help but be amazed at the variety of things going on. Throughout the week, the rink plays host to skating lessons, hockey leagues, and public skating sessions in which families and couples can spend a day zooming around. Sports players learn the intricacies of being the best hockey player around or learn a new sport in the rink’s broomball league. After hands and feet start to chill, guests can grab a snack and a hot beverage at the concessions stand, with the fireplace always crackling so guests can warm back up.
Crooked River Adventures’ river adventures are leisurely, no-experience-required pleasure cruises that challenge the muscles while massaging the mind’s shimmering-blue waterscape dreams. Glide past verdant foliage, through glittering reflections of aged bridges, and into great blue herons’ great blue neighborhoods while the sun warms your skin, the wind blows through your hair, and your hair blows through your hat. All the while, you’ll be learning the proper strokes that propel floatmobiles to ultrafun, and you’ll begin to gain functional understanding of the strength of a body in fluid, powerful motion. Crooked River Adventures operates in conjunction with Kent State University Recreational Services’ Adventure Center, which has received statewide recognition for its boating program and outstanding handshakes from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft.
An indoor skating rink, The Pond Family Friendly Ice Rink hosts skaters of all abilities during public-skating sessions—offered seven days a week. As the frosty stomping ground for the Geauga Youth Hockey League and the Chagrin Valley Figure Skating Club, The Pond helps young skaters find their stride on the ice without having to carve a treadmill out of a glacier. Skaters of all abilities can learn to glide gracefully across the rink during Learn to Skate lessons, which are offered multiple times a week.
Ice Land USA's rinks cater to skaters of all experience levels, offering lessons and league opportunities at their two locations. The instructors at Hoover Arena and Serpentini Arena teach skaters how to improve their on-ice finesse, and youth and adult hockey leagues allow players to compete against rival teams or take shots on a zamboni posing as a goalie. At other times, the Colorado Avalanche-affiliated Lake Erie Monsters take the ice to practice for bouts against American Hockey League opponents.
Skate Zone Fun Center houses six different zones that give visitors a variety of entertainment options. The skating rink entices them to strap on a set of wheels and glide through crowds while a live DJ spins popular radio hits. Laser Storm thrusts competitors into a friendly game of laser tag that requires quick reflexes and cunning to outscore their opponents. Suspended over the skating rink, Web City contains 10,000 square feet of rope mazes and obstacles. The 18-hole mini-golf course tests players' putting skills, and the bumper cars arena provides student drivers with a safe way to practice true-to-life parallel parking. Meanwhile, video game players in the arcade zone can redeem their tickets for prizes.