The Challenge Family Fun Center regales children and adults alike with a dizzying array of fun-filled games. Perfect backswings on a 22-hole miniature golf course, whose diminutive fairways are lined with blooming flowers and peppered with water hazards such as fountains and a bubbling stream (children 12 and younger $5.50; adults $7). Batters can step up to the plate to improve technique, hone reflexes, and practice telling the difference between slow-pitch softballs, high-speed hardballs, and dive-bombing pigeons in the batting cages ($2.50/round). The Fun Center’s arcade invites competition with skee-ball, air hockey, and a lineup of video games, and fortified duckpin lanes inflate with optional gutter bumpers to thwart the escape plans of crooked bowling balls ($3.50/game).
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.
At Elkton Golf and Batting Center, visitors get to hit spheres of varying sizes; the family-friendly sports complex houses an 18-hole miniature golf course, a 30-station driving range, and eight batting cages. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, overhead flood lights keep athletes awash in an electric glow even after the sun goes down, as they smack line drives back at the pitching machines and run through driving range buckets in attempts to knock that smirk off the man in the moon’s face.
The cracks of baseball bats, the slaps of softballs meeting mitts, and the advice of an experienced team of instructors resound within Thunder Stix Baseball & Softball Academy's cavernous 11,000-square-foot facility. Baseball and softball players alike hone their cuts inside eight pitching machines that can be adjusted from 40 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour, and brush up on their fielding technique inside four netted astroturf tunnels. Robert Banner—the academy's owner and the head softball coach at Alexis I. DuPont High School—and his instructors use the well-appointed digs to help players of all abilities develop their skills in every facet of the game, including batting, fielding, base running, and agility.
What does it take to bring a 78,000-square-foot, climate-controlled, multi-sport recreational facility to fruition? The BucksMont Indoor Sports Center began with three sports-loving clans fueled by a desire to provide local athletes of all ages and skill levels a place to get their game on no matter the season. They devoted years of their time to researching, planning, and constructing a safe and comfortable facility that's open year-round.
Beyond being easily accessible, the center features the industry’s newest and safest playing surfaces, including turf that emulates real grass. Here, youth and adult leagues meet to play everything from flag football to street-style hockey. After rousing games of soccer or basketball, players can replenish energy stores with a health-conscious meal at Overtime Grill, which boasts 20 LCD TVs.
At Gettysburg Family Amusement Complex, Go-karts race around a circular track or hug the twists and turns of a grand prix–style course. Lasers zip throughout a 4,000-square-foot black-lit laser-tag arena, and blips and bleeps sound from an arcade complete with a flight simulator and potpourri of video and redemption games. Towering windmills don't obstruct holes in one on Gettysburg Family Amusement Complex's two 18-hole miniature golf courses. Instead, babbling brooks and verdant trees surround natural obstacles such as sharp turns and rock patterns. Mini golf is one of many attractions encompassed on the year-round fun park.