Whether painting pottery or fusing together bits of glass, students at Paint'n Parrot leave the studio with a keepsake of their own design. With tons of ceramic pieces to choose from, artists can daub color onto plates, cups, and figurines during pottery-painting sessions tailored for kids or adults. Or they can create the surfaces themselves during fused-glass classes, which enable students to conjoin colorful slabs of glass into decorative dishes and Christmas-tree ornaments.
Hot Wheels Skate Center gives speed aficionados all the room they need to jump, roll, and race around the rink with ease. Once outfitted with a pair of freewheeling skater shoes, head to the gleaming 20,400-square-foot hardwood arena to showcase your award-winning roller-funk routine. Although this Groupon includes regular skate rental ($2), speed skates ($4) and inline hockey skates ($4) are also available, allowing skaters to glide on the foundation of their choosing to the boogey-friendly beats of top 40 tunes. To cool down after a sweaty roller-derby match or calm nerves frazzled by skating against the flow, visit Hot Wheels' snack bar and select from a stockpile of soft drinks, pizza, hot dogs, candy bars, and other stomach-friendly fare. Check out the skating schedule for a list of convenient public skate sessions ($5–$7).
The recently renovated Landmark Skate and Fun Center offers families a cornucopia of indoor activities inside an air-conditioned entertainment emporium. A skating ring sets the stage for jaw-dropping pirouettes during open-skate sessions and private events. Hands and eyes concentrate their efforts against automated enemies in the arcade area, and a techno-dance area lets feet showcase their rhythmic floor-touching skills. For kids, the play zone boasts a series of super slides and a balloon room, where children can safely bounce around without fear of sailing off into space.
With your arm armed with a wristband, you'll be free to revel in unfettered access to all of Sam's Fun City's rides and special attractions. Start by getting your vroom-vrooms out at Kart City, a lawless land of underage driving whose mayor takes bribes of red Starburst. Children nostalgic for the simple joys of early infancy can take a trip to Yesterville and go for a spin on the Jitter Bug Swinger. For those who'd rather reminisce about the more recent past, bring back the sandwich you ate an hour ago with a ride on the Give Peace-a-Whirl tilt-a-whirl. A round of Hollywood mini-golf gives you 18 opportunities to hone your victory dance's jazz hands and pirouettes, while an indoor play area provides welcome relief from the sun's crushing gravity with two giant inflatables and a three-story play structure.
Housed in a bright blue barn, Batter's Box Family Fun Center is a flourishing farm of batting cages and miniature-golf challenges. Two adults ($5 each) and two children ($4 each for children younger than 15) may take on tropical-themed Adventure Island, which packs full-sized athletic competition into 18 scaled-down holes. As miniature golfers move their teensy feet throughout the greens, they are peppered with putting obstacles that include fountains, erupting volcanoes, and the shipwreck of the S.S. Minnow.
A selection of four go-kart tracks ensures kids will have an exciting ride suited to their age, size, and ability. The Junior Racers track gets little ones between 4 and 7 behind the wheel of a perfectly sized one-pedal fun machine, and children who meet a 54-inch height requirement get a crack at the challenging curves and bridges of the Crazy 8 or Spinnin' & Grinnin' tracks. Racers 16 and older can compete on SuperKart Speedway, the Center's fastest track that mirrors the experience of fast-action racing with high speeds, a computerized scoreboard, and timing system.
Double-ride karts are available for kids who prefer to be chauffeured by an adult or a demanding imaginary friend. Seasoned weekend golfers get the chance to flaunt their skills for awe-filled offspring of all ages during a nine-hole game of mini golf. At the end of a long day, four buckets of water balloons await at Water Wars, a battleground set amid personal battle stations soon to be littered with the rainbow shrapnel of giggle-filled war. Inside the game room, players take on arcade-style games for tickets that can be exchanged for prizes at the redemption center. Other visitors, meanwhile, enjoy snack-bar refreshments on a covered patio and celebrate birthdays and jury-duty summonses in the air-conditioned party room.