Big City Bowl enlivens the nightlife with urethane orbs supersonically tumbleweeding down well-oiled lanes. With this deal, up to six pin-clobberers get two hours of unlimited play, as well as bowling-shoe rental (a $2.50 value per rental), two large pitchers of soda (an $11.50 value), and two large orders of french fries (a $6 value), which can be dipped into bowling ball holes for extra horseradish flavor. With two hours of unlimited play, groups of six casual bowlers should be able to play about two games, and groups of six philosophers can play one game followed by intense debate as to whether predeterminism renders the picking up of a 7-10 split meaningless. All globe-slingers should call ahead to dodge longer wait times on league nights.
The clatter of victimized pins echoes across Orchard Lanes's 18-lane alley and family-fun center. Unless there is a league on the floor, Orchard Lanes's staffers are happy to bring down the lights for glow-in-the-dark bowling at a customer’s request during any of its daily open-bowling hours. For special occasions, party packages are available to equip revelers with the necessary pizza, ice cream, and goody bags, and Orchard Lanes has even played host to a wedding. A computerized scoring system logs each player’s achievements, and between frames, a stop at the full-service snack bar yields pizza and soda to refuel sphere-tossing muscles. The center is also home to billiards tables and an arcade that, like the fairest time-out corners, has a redemption center.
• For $75, you get an individual summer pass for bowling and laser tag (a $280 value based on an average 2 visits per week; value could potentially be higher for customers taking full advantage of this Groupon). • For $299, you get a family summer pass for bowling and laser tag for up to six family members (a $1,680 value based on an average 2 visits per week). Additional family members can be added for $40 per person.
Frolicking in a 500,000-gallon wave pool, plummeting from 100-foot free-fall slides, and drifting along a 1,200-foot lazy river with 5 mph currents are just a few of the diversions found within Seven Peaks' net of water parks. The aquatic havens spread across Utah, and Indiana, luring families and adventurous kayakers with forests of twisting water slides such as the Provo location's Boomerang, which sends passengers ricocheting down three stories. Calmer fun awaits at child-friendly areas such as the Salt Lake location's Dinosaur Bay, where toddlers splash and ride small slides, and lazy rivers welcome both whippersnappers and adults hoping to relax.
In addition to its water parks, Seven Peaks manages a fleet of fun centers. Visitors to the Sandy location try for strikes in bowling and guests at the Lehi location enjoy rides on a pirate ship or in bumper boats. The Orem location lets you putt through a glowing, neon mini-golf jungle lit by black lights or whack at the imagined faces of arch-nemeses in the batting cages.
Seven Peaks Fun Center, an offshoot of a chain of water parks and family-entertainment centers, emulates its four sister locations with a jovial collision of bowling and restaurant eats. Although the Sandy location opened recently, its collection of recreational activities is evolving faster than that of an Olympic video gamer, with laser tag, indoor mini golf, and a full arcade currently in the works.
All Star Fun Centers lights up the entertainment centers in visitors' brains with arcade games and cosmic bowling. The alleys at each of All Star's locations flood their lanes with glowing lights for cosmic bowling during weekend evenings, and they also provide regular league opportunities for children, adults, and seniors. Visitors to the Sandy and Tooele locations can engage in futuristic score-settling with bouts of laser tag. The West Jordan location offers a full bar and grill that hosts weekly events such as Texas Hold 'em and karaoke, and a bar and grill is also available at the Tooele location, featuring flat-screen televisions that broadcast sports games or heated arguments between news hosts and sentient teleprompters.