Walking into Rolling Thunder Skating Center feels a lot like walking into an indoor carnival: there are rides inside, an arcade with video games and skeeball, and there's even a mural of a rollercoaster on the walls. Still, the center's core identity pulses on the groove of pure roller fun, boasting an expansive rink and its own pizzeria. Around the whole scene, skaters can glide and groove to Top-40 tunes. Parents can join kids on the rink, or watch from the booths in the seating area to ensure that their kids are safe and aren't mouthing any lyrics to Will Smith's Parent's Just Don't Understand.
The sounds of cheery competition float across Grand Slam USA's 30,000-square-foot arena, which teems with athletic challenges, a vibrant bounce houses, and other diversions. A glow-in-the-dark miniature-golf course leads putters through nine holes of ominous pirate-themed obstacles, including a ramp into a skull's jaws, a hole fraught with sharks, and perilous unswabbed decks. Adrenaline-soaked games of laser tag lead beam duelers through mazes, around partitions, and over platforms, where they rack up points for hitting special targets and rivals. At the end of each bout, players receive individual score cards that detail high scores and lines flubbed during MAS*H reenactments.
Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park invites dippers, divers, and lazy river rafters to their 58,000-square-foot splash factory that houses boat loads of tube slides, family raft rides, and other poolside attractions. Ungilled patrons ages 8 and older can challenge man-made waves with their mighty boards on the Flowrider surfing simulator, or play a pickup game of b-ball in Sam's Slamdunker pool that has hoops positioned in the center. Daycationers need not leave the premises for lunch, as Sahara Sam's houses a café with a menu buoyed by pizzas, sandwiches, and more. Aqua-loving visitors who plan to stay at the Wyndham Hotel in Mount Laurel will receive a discounted nightly rate of $79 when they reference "Sahara Sam's Groupon" upon booking. This rate applies based on availability and possible blackout dates.
On Friday and Saturday nights, the black lights flicker on, and Happy Types Family Fun Center opens for cosmic bowling, where bowlers shoot for 300 on lanes equipped with optional bumpers. Along with family-friendly bowling open throughout the week, the center also features a huge variety of indoor and outdoor games and activities. Go-carts tear around the track year-round, and families can hone their batsmanship at batting cages, clubsmanship on the mini golf course, and climbsmanship on the rock wall.
Mid Atlantic Grand Prix's indoor track brings to life dreams of zipping along Monte Carlo or the Circuit of The Americas?just on a smaller scale. Drivers aged 8 and older strap on helmets and man the wheel of their go-karts, covering up to 6 miles during each eight-minute ride. In addition to drop-in races, the facility also hosts bachelor parties, birthday fetes, and other group outings.
Children do a lot of learning in school, but many of today's classrooms aren't properly equipped with blow-up slides and bounce houses that are essential to teaching lessons about fun. Monkey Town picks up where schools have failed, giving kids the freedom to stick themselves to a Velcro wall or frolic on the jungle gym. Under close staff supervision, obstacle courses challenge kids to use their wits to overcome impediments and solve the riddles of an obstructive sphinx. A snack area and four private party rooms provide an oasis for celebrating birthdays and refueling from the day's fun with pizza and sodas.