Back in 1959, Frederick "Bud" Callahan and his wife Loretta built a bowling center on their farmland. Since then, three generations of their family have had their hand in running Callahan's Bowl-O-Rama, including sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren. And though the alley bears a retro-style logo on the outside, inside automatic scorers display the latest stats on flat-screen televisions, sparing customers from sliding down to the lane to count pins after every turn. Each lane also has a TV connected to DirecTV, and the lounge welcomes bowlers with even more televisions, cold brews, and karaoke on Friday nights.
During whirlyball, players ride in bumper cars, carry racquets, and maneuver balls into goals. These bumper cars glide smoothly over the court and turn on a whim, giving players the opportunity to duck past their opponents on their quest to win the game. After a team is crowned champion, players can hang out in the gaming area and play pool or chat about their favorite moments from the game in the lounge.
A lifelong small-scale-speedmobile builder and driver, Rapid Raceway co-owner Rick "Rapid" Raducha initiates aspiring 1:32-scale motorists into the ways of the controller with two massive slot-car courses. Racers can challenge the grooves of the 145-foot Grandstand track, where they’ll command their electrified speedsters through its tricky S-curves before flooring it on two 13-foot straightaways. Or, fast fingers can test their abilities on The Whip, which Rapid Raceway says is America’s fastest road course, featuring two 34-degree banked turns and an 89-foot lap length that leaves drivers little time to break for NASCAR’s traditional blueberry-scone halftime show. Today's deal provides a rental car and remote so that casual competitors don't have to propel cars through mind-control, though slot-car gurus are welcome to bring their own models. Rapid Raceway also sells scale racing parts and accessories and does repairs and custom design.
For the next 1,800 feet, only one thing matters: speed. The indoor track inside On Track Karting stretches out in front of racers, who?strapped into their adult karts?zoom around turns and down straightaways at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. If they prove their racing mettle, the best drivers may even get access to high-speed super karts, which come with a free trial membership in the Justice League. ?
Junior karts, on the other hand, let younger visitors get in on the racing action. Indeed, On Track Karting's locations in Wallingford and Brookfield aim to accommodate all levels of racers. They host walk-in racing sessions as well as competitive racing leagues. An arcade and a snack bar also give visitors something to do between trips around the track.
A destination with a little something for the whole family, The Only Game in Town boasts a driving range, two mini-golf courses, a go-kart track, and a fully appointed arcade. Party packages are available to celebrate special days, and can be customized to accommodate a variety of group sizes with varying levels of activities included.
With three stories worth of ball pits, ropes, nets, and slides to explore, kids can spend hours playing and expending energy in the climate-controlled vastness of Big Adventures. In addition to play areas, kids will also find a wide variety of interactive video games, arcade games, carnival-style games, and a ticket redemption store where they can buy out all the bouncy balls. Party packages are also available to celebrate a kid's special day with pizzas, soda, pi?atas, and access to the whole facility. And because safety's important at Big Adventures, the 40,000 balls in the ball pit are sanitized twice a week, more than 30 security cameras monitor the facility, and there is a strict no-dragon policy, even if they went to obedience school.