Sci-Quest Hands-On Science Center engages students young and old with more than 100 interactive science, math, and technology exhibits, earning kudos from Huntsville Times readers as the area’s Best Family Attraction. A family four-pack includes general admission for two adults and two adults of the future, granting access to themed exhibits such as PlayMotion, an interactive projector that allows visitors to catch falling planets without the sinus aggravation of falling moon dust. Free live science demonstrations running everyday illuminate the salient variations between plant, animal, and bacterial cells while granting little learners microscopic views of cellular life events, such as ribosomal rugby matches.
With classic replica airsoft guns aimed, teams navigate a 25,000-square-foot indoor battlefield. Within the battlefield's three playing areas, gun-toters conceal themselves behind stacks of tires, stationary vehicles, and small wooden buildings. As combatants slink behind crates and boxes in the shadows, opposing players ferret them out using the light affixed to their weapons and a streaming fire of plastic BBs zipping at speeds up to 375 feet per second. Game play in the radioactive room commences under the glow of black lights that turn the graffiti-laden grounds phosphorescent and opponents' teeth bluer than their songs about battles lost. Adjacent to the battleground, airsoft enthusiasts mingle in the lounge space equipped with a retail shop, party area, and arcade for parties and group events.
Slowly tiptoeing through a thicket of greenery, a warrior stumbles upon a stack of blocks hidden among glyphs. Lost in an attempt to decipher the etchings, he fails to hear the enemy approach, who then fires his weapon into the warrior's back. The warrior emerges unscathed, though his team has taken a hit in this round of tag in Laser Chase's 4,000-square-foot jungle-themed arena. Between 15-minute laser-blasting bouts, visitors can gather in the viewing area to watch other contests or amble into the arcades for battles on the small screen. Alongside open play sessions, Laser Chase also hosts birthdays, corporate cage fights, field trips, and gatherings with various party packages available.
Fireworks, carousels, and chocolate-dipped bananas can mean only one thing: the Williamson County Fair is in town. This year it rolls in to celebrate the summer with rides, exhibits, and live entertainment from top acts from around the country. Thrill-seekers may want to start at the midway, which corrals all of the adrenaline-pumping, eye-popping attractions into one convenient location. The Enterprise dares riders to experience its 85-degree-angled high-speed twirl, and the Pirate swings them back and forth in a full-size ship that re-creates the excitement of the high seas, from mounting colossal waves to mouth-feeding a seagull. Plenty of family-friendly rides, such as a carousel and kid-approved roller coaster, ensure fun memories for visitors of all ages.
A trip to the fair wouldn?t be complete without exploring live events, exhibits, and competitions. Musical guests take to the main and blue-grass stages to keep toes tapping all day long. Further exploration of the grounds leads visitors to daily exhibits, from an agricultural-equipment display and a BMX trick team to a petting zoo and nightly fireworks. Judges critique entries in various competitions, such as bread and pie baking, the Fairest of the Fair Pageant, and the Sing Your Heart Out competition.
At Goofballs Family Fun Center, kids can clamber over an indoor play structure dubbed the Jungle Blaster or find their ways through a maze of crisscrossed laser beams in the Laser Frenzy area. The 12,000-square-foot indoor play center is filled with offerings that combine traditional fun with modern touches. A music and lights show adds pizzazz to classic bumper-car rides, and the bowling alley sits near a Wii room outfitted with an array of interactive video games. As tots play, parents can snack on pizza from Noble Roman’s while hanging out in a lounge equipped with free WiFi.