A smorgasbord of fun, adventuresome activities fill the 9,000 square feet of Funderdome. Upon entering, eyes immediately gaze skyward to the center's ceiling, where kids deftly navigate the ropes course a good 22 feet above the ground. While kids remain safely tethered, they traverse seven complex courses that build balance, coordination, and confidence. As the sky's the limit for kids, there's also a climbing wall to further enhance fitness in a fun way. A 30-foot-high multilevel playground keeps heads in the clouds with 20 different obstacles as well as mazes, tubes, and slides. Kids even can climb a vertical tower to an enclosed sports complex. There, they play basketball and soccer 22 feet in the air. From there, kids can come to ground while not exactly coming back to Earth for the activity floor and space-quadrant laser maze. With views of all the action, the caf? provides parents respite with WiFi, pizza, hamburgers, salads, and LavAzza coffee.
From its skyscraper façade to its menu of New York–style pizzas, paninis named for famous landmarks, and Italian specialties to rival any Little Italy spot—Empire Pizza Café’s New York theme saturates every facet of the restaurant. Thin, crispy crust pizzas range from classic cheese to the creative, such as mashed-potato-bacon and chicken-marsala pies. Wine, bottled beers, and steamy cups of Lavazza cappuccino and espresso pair with upscale fare such as chicken and veal entrees, plates of pasta, and sautéed cummerbunds.:m]]
At Florida Snow Factory, visitors can watch staff practice the centuries-old art of shaving ice into fluffy, frozen treats. They also douse each dessert with imported Hawaiian syrups, creating hundreds of flavor combinations enjoyed by both tourists and locals. For a hybrid treat, guests can choose to mix in morsels of fruit or dollops of ice cream into their cones.
D’Lites sates squealing sweet teeth with myriad ice-cream treats that are low-carb, low-fat, low-sugar, and cholesterol-free at 50 calories per serving. The shop slings soft serve, frozen yogurt, and hard ice cream into 6-, 8-, and 12-ounce cups ($3.95–$5.95), as well as into specialty creations such as shakes ($5.75 for 24 oz.) and snow flurries ($6.55 for 16 oz.). Daily headliners chocolate, vanilla, and original tart appear alongside a rotating cast of more than 100 flavors including caramel-fudge éclair, cinnamon cheesecake, peanut butter, and praline. Shower selections in sprinkles or another sweet sensation ($1.05 for up to three) such as carob chips, granola, Reese's, or the wandering sound waves of a nearby boy-band practice.
At Kavasutra, guests chat with friends over cups of kava, a traditional root extract from the South Pacific celebrated for its soothing, sedative effects. Rather than impairing mental function like alcohol, kava merely relaxes the mind, allowing patrons to leave the worries of everyday life behind for a spell. Surrounded by cozy couches and Polynesian-inspired decor, visitors can lounge in an oasis of calm as they make new friends.
Housed inside the giant oyster that is the state of Florida, Red Pearl Yoga offers an array of yoga classes for all levels of flexers and focused breathers. Bend your body and stretch your spirit in an Ashtanga yoga class, linking together physically challenging poses through a set series of flowing movements. Roll the dice that is your body with a Vinyasa yoga class that flows unpredictably from pose to pose while maintaining a focus on breathing. Merge the oil of the body and the water of the mind through the alignment focus of Hatha flow, or prepare yourself for motherhood with a pre-natal yoga-therapy class. There are several other yogadventures to set out on at Red Pearl Yoga, so check the schedule to see what's being offered when and by which of Red Pearl Yoga's 12 orange-tinted instructors.