The weather has a knack for ruining kids' leisure time, but it doesn't have to be that way. At Kids N Motion, kids scamper indoors in two rooms filled with inflatable playground equipment while remaining safe from thunderstorms, sweltering heat, and their own shadows. Parents can let loose too, knowing their kids are burning excess energy leaping in bounce houses, scrambling up and down inflatable obstacle courses, and careening down air-filled slides. Birthday parties are no exception to all that fun, with celebrants getting to sit in a bright-colored throne and blowing out a sparkler-style candle.
It?s 1:29 p.m. and the wave pool at Great Waves Waterpark has been calm for nine minutes. The mood on the surface, however, is anything but. An anticipatory energy has been transmitted through the water as sunbathers migrate from the sun deck, giddy youngsters from the various kids? areas, and thrill seekers from one of the park?s waterslides. The anticipation ends at 1:30 p.m. when three 80-horsepower motors begin to churn the large fans that whip the pool?s 475,000 gallons of water into waves as high as four feet for 10 minutes. This increment of waves?10 minutes on, 10 minutes off?runs like clockwork at the 20-acre facility, which also features dry attractions such as miniature golf, batting cages, and grassy areas for practicing the backstroke.
In addition to offering sun-soaked thrills of simulated waves, the park's Paradise Play boasts 30-foot slides, pogo sticks, rock walls, and a non-aqueous playground area. A faux beach with sand invites revelers to unwind while snacking on a funnel cake purchased from Riptide Caf?, while a nearby play pool with pint-sized slides lets little riders get into the summertime mix. After a full day of sliding and swimming, guests may purchase souvenirs from the Shark Shack gift shop.
Golf balls trace high arcs over the driving range or roll toward mini-golf holes at Hanover Sports Park, where guests hone power and finesse as they work on their game. Waterfalls cascade into tiny ponds on the edges of the mini-golf course, where twisting greens provide a venue for families and friends to haggle over who gets to hold the scorecard. Sixty-three artificial hitting mats line the subtly curved, two-tiered driving range, which includes 28 heated and covered hitting areas and seven natural-grass tees.
The chime of sharp line drives resonates from the center's seven batting cages, where hitters swat at everything from high-arching softballs to baseballs zipped at up to 80 miles per hour. Hanover Sports Park's staff helps guests manage their activities and special events by creating group and party packages for birthdays and corporate gatherings.
Situated on 22 acres of land just west of Short Pump, Bogey's maintains an all-star roster of activities that has hosted fun outings since 1994. The facility's driving range, for starters, features 39 tee stations. Golfers can utilize every club in their bag while peppering targets that stretch from 25 yards to 250 yards. For short-game practice, the miniature golf course challenges putters with doglegs, water hazards, and other traps, and away from the greens, batting cage stations ping with pummeled balls as hitters take their hacks. Amid all this action, Bogey's makes sure to keep its guests fueled: the facility also boasts a snack bar and a pair of picnic areas.
Sport Factory Scuba outfits underwater explorers and land-based competitors with equipment and training. PADI-certified instructors lead students on their first excursions into local pools and open water destinations, while the dive center outfits then with fins, masks, regulators, and waterproof cotton candy. Softball and baseball teams step into the mesh walls of the facility’s batting cages and pitching lanes, where they can practice their swings or test a riot shield. The onsite sportsmen's shop also carries equipment for disc golf, cornhole, and paintball.
Patterson Golf and Sports Park provides guests with ample opportunity to work on their game while gaming against their friends. The fully lit driving range features more than 25 matted tee stations, 10 target areas for chipping and driving, and obliging range balls available by the bucket ($9.50) or bucket-based four-pack ($29). The 19-hole mini-golf course ($5.50 per player per round) houses a traditional litany of disgruntled bumpers, plasticized animals, and strategically placed holes that drive putters wild. Conversely, for those who want to swing horizontally, Patterson's batting cages allow sluggers to swing at realistic targets dispersed throughout an open field. Pitches zing past the plate at speeds varying from 35 to 55 mph. Dispensing at significantly slower speeds, the facility's tokens ($3 each) grant batters 25 gloriously hurled orbs.