In a go kart, you're much closer to the source of horsepower than when you're riding in a car. All that invisible force leaps to life when you hit the accelerator, gently pushing you back into the seat. Drivers at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix feel that pull as they whip around a quarter-mile racetrack in gas-powered Sodi GT5 Proline karts. They slip past one another while making 11 brake-stomping turns, all with a vantage point not afforded by watching races on TV.
The karts feature air-intake units that trap their exhaust and keep the atmosphere fresh, and the track—constructed from 1,300 used Goodyear tires and the shredded remains of Mario Andretti's learner's permit—is outfitted with three observation platforms for track marshals to regulate each lap and guarantee riders' safety. Three-point safety belts, roll bars, helmets, and neck braces also protect racers during their white-knuckle trips around the track. A full-time mechanic keeps finish lines crowded by calibrating karts to run within three-tenths of a second of one another and hanging hundreds of piñatas from the checkered flag. At the facility's bar, Octane, racers can refuel with drinks and food while watching stock-car races on the five 42-inch TVs.
Playdrome knows that true zen happiness lies within the de-verticalizing of wooden pins using a tri-holed, weighted orb. As such, it offers bowling at a number of clean and modern facilities throughout the Philadelphia area. Both the Cherry Hill and the Rose Bowl alleys sport 36 lanes, while the Devon location has 24 lanes. Playdrome's 10-pin terrains provide automatic scoring, plasma TVs, and comfortable seating, with bumpers available for all lanes. Turkey tossers looking for a new challenge can try Playdrome's Future Bowl, where glow-in-the-dark balls get hurled down a fog-covered lane crisscrossed with laser lights and disco-ball sparkles. This Groupon is not valid for "Back to the Future" bowling, where you attempt to throw the bowling ball hard enough for it to travel back in time, ensuring that your parents kiss at the "Enchantment Under the Sea" dance before you cease to exist.
Kids and parents alike become adventuresome at HappyTymes Family Fun Center with a slew of whimsical rides and rip-roaring games. Kids can get their first lesson in driver's etiquette on the thundering go-kart course before putting evasive techniques to work on the twirling, spinning slime-buckets ride. After harnessing a reserved sense of accomplishment achieved only after putting one's way through a mini-golf course's myriad challenging obstacles, children can hop on HappyTyme's space train, rumored to be NASA's upcoming replacement for the shuttle. Youngsters may continue to gain useful experience for life's later challenges by tackling the rock wall before practicing a stress-relieving spending spree with their 100 game tokens.
At Sesame Place, kids and adults alike meet and play with their favorite furry friends—from classic friends such as Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, and Elmo to newer additions such as Abby Cadabby and Murray. Pose for pictures in a life-size re-creation of the TV show’s classic set, soar above the park in the twirling Cloud Chaser ride, or travel to the outer reaches of the solar system during a children’s-size roller coaster ride on Vapor Trail. After the kids have ridden the rides or seen the giant Christmas tree light and music show, they can sit down to enjoy one of three Sesame Place shows, or take in the Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade.
The park's attractions change with the seasons. In the winter, families gather for the A Very Furry Christmas celebration during select dates between November 23 and December 31. As kids and parents roam the twinkle-lit streets of Sesame Place, beloved characters from Sesame Street will interact with visitors. Plus, Santa in his Furry Workshop brings an extra dose of holiday cheer.
They say that a family that plays together stays together, especially when they've got each other in the cross-hairs of a laser. At the family entertainment complex of Ultrazone, everybody's inner kid comes out to play in an electric playground teeming with teams of ultraviolet warriors. The sprawling laser tag arena is one of the biggest on the East Coast, sporting multiple levels of battle grounds where visceral action scenarios play out amongst a myriad of obstacles. Rounds are played in multiple gaming formats and are divided by age levels so younger players aren't trounced by birthday parties for Bigfoot. Gun shy attendees can get their kicks popping quarters at Ultrazone's video game arcade.
Rebounderz boasts more than 14,000 square feet of bouncing throughout three trampoline surfaces. Both kids and adults leap, jump, and flip through the space, just bouncing around or playing high-velocity games of trampoline dodgeball. At the foam pit, guests test their aerobatic skills and before landing softly into cloud-like masses of foam. The facility also has a four-lane basketball slam dunk runner. These feats create a serious cardio workout, and guests in need of a break can breathe heavily toward the arcade where they can sling a few balls at skee-ball or relax in the cafe with a smoothie or slice of pizza. For special occasions such as birthdays, parents can book one of four party rooms, including the basketball room replete with a basketball court, jump time, pizza, and a party assistant.