Military tactics and stealthy instincts are key to conquering the five battlegrounds at Black Ops Paintball. At the regulation-sized PSP speedball field, players invade and defend as they maneuver through an open battlefield populated by inflatable bunkers and lighted for nighttime play. Ambush opportunities abound in the P.O.W. camp woodsball field, a theater inspired by jungle-style prisoner-of-war camps where combatants crouch behind sandbags, hide in foxholes, and snipe from a 25-foot guard tower. Black Ops Paintball's pro shop outfits its fighters in equipment from Tippmann, Empire, Planet Eclipse, and other top brands. Off the field, guests can load up on snacks from the onsite convenience store or enjoy a picnic outside with access to a grill, picnic tables, monkey bars, and a sandbox. Gamers also have the opportunity to rent the party room which is filled with pool tables, arcade games, and flat screen TVs.
The expert referees and staff at Black River Paintball have hosted games of speedball, woods play, and simulated urban warfare for more than 22 years. Outdoor fields at two locations—each spanning at least 85 acres of wooded terrain—comprise bunkers, particleboard barriers, and thick patches of undergrowth that serve as ideal spots for players to hunker down after assaults or botched Braveheart monologues. Onsite rental shops arm participants with all necessary equipment including markers, goggles, and paintballs. In addition to walk-on rounds, the facility accommodates players during annual tournaments and scenario games, including themed survival quests based on properties such as G.I. Joe, World of Warcraft, and Harold and the Purple Crayon.
Since opening its doors in 2009, Elite Zone has entertained adult gamers with computer- and console-based amusements. Equipped with Turtle Beach headsets, gamers play the latest Xbox releases on LCD televisions while chatting wirelessly with Xbox Live account holders and truck drivers on the wrong CB channel. A high-speed Internet connection facilitates glitch-free gaming for PC users and ensures quick page loads for web surfing. Elite Zone also carries a bevy of caffeinated beverages to fuel round-the-clock gaming and enliven sleep-deprived avatars.
Kids have free reign over Busy Bodies Exploratory’s indoor playground. Inside the carpeted expanse, children can clamber around a school-bus-shaped play structure, lay out a toy meal on a child-sized dining room set, and solve rainbow-colored puzzles to impress the parents of other little ones, in addition to participating in arts and crafts and painting. While the playground's myriad stations are often the site of supervised, unstructured play, the center also hosts preschool from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. During class, students learn about a variety of topics, from science and math to arts and crafts, music, and reading.
Aspiring art purveyors in the larval stage (ages 5 to 12) can develop their artistic skills at Razzle Dazzle Arts, whose youth-focused program nourishes young imaginations and builds a solid foundation for a lifetime of creativity. With each class, students get 45 minutes of art instruction followed by another 45-minute session exploring the nuances of drama, plus vocal lessons. The Razzle Dazzle instructors Sarah Williams and Susan Coleman—each successful professional artists in separate fields—will bring their passion for the arts into each lesson. The Razzle Dazzle Arts studio boasts a fully operational theater with a full-sized stage, expert lighting, and rich acoustics, the ideal setting for reciting a poetic soliloquy or emotionally singing the instruction manual for an '86 Honda Civic.