Winter Fest kicks off the holiday season with a fun-packed collection of attractions suited for revelers of all ages. The glittering lights of a 50-foot Christmas tree illuminate gracefully gliding ice skaters, and a 15-foot, life-size snow globe teaches a seasonal lesson on weather patterns. Santa Claus waits to snap smiling photos with guests. Carnival-style attractions, such as a Ferris wheel, laser tag, go-kart racing, and a bounce house provide recreation for visitors young and young-at-heart. Vendors supply tempting eats, refueling holiday shoppers as they visit 300 on-site craft and retail vendors.
A flurry of paintballs whiz through the air, splattering their targets with brightly colored pigment. Players at Westworld Paintball Adventures explore either indoor or outdoor fields, where they can unleash a paintball-pelting fury, rain or shine. At Splatter Ranch’s outdoor enclave, paintballers find cover in gullies or clusters of shrubbery as majestic cacti stand guard a safe distance away. The field and on-site pro shop spread across 20 acres of terrain, which is peppered with a few buildings where players can duck into or play Rochambeau for decoy duty.
At the indoor arena, Xtreme Pursuit, players kick up clouds of dirt as they chase each other around a 33,000-square-foot facility and take shelter in bunkers and buildings amid specialized lighting, a sound system, and fog machines. The facility is air-conditioned and open year-round, with a pro shop supplying equipment to players.
All seating is general admission.Grand Canyon University's burgeoning thespians seize the stage in this year’s theatrical season with vibrant recreations of classic plays. In the gothic masterpiece Dracula, curtains rise on a fearful England, where a bloodthirsty vampire preys upon civilians and their stores of blood pudding. Award-winning playwright Steven Dietz adapted the Victorian novel for the stage, which morphs into the varied landscapes in which three heroes—Dr. Van Helsing, Dr. Seward, and Jonathan Harker—hunt the evil count. Though more than a century old, the tale delves into timeless themes, including good versus evil and garlic knots versus garlic bread. An intimate venue, the Ethington Theatre seats 311 spectators, ensuring that every seat has a pristine view of the mountains of Transylvania and the sinister sweep of Dracula’s infamous black cape.
Intense Racing LLC is a sort of charity for charities. First, they invite runners to participate in their whimsically themed 5k race. They host events such as the Super Hero 5K during which participants dress as their favorite characters. After the festivities, the group bundles a portion of the proceeds, and donates them to enrich local non-profit organizations. They hope to get people of all fitness levels out and moving while providing a boon to the community's most diligent do-gooders, whether they're dressed as superheros or not.
Running off the sonic fuel from his I Am Not a Human Being album and upcoming full-length Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne lands his spaceship for a speaker-blowing stop on the extended leg of his summer tour. The Grammy winner touts an impressive curriculum vitae, punctuated by CEO status, unabashed genre crossing, and lyrics woven together by sagacious metaphors. Although Tunechi fans can anticipate a high-octane performance rife with hit singles, the tour's white-hot opening acts acclimate concertgoers with equal parts R & B silk, rap grit, and synth-powered moxie. Frequent Lil Wayne collaborator and Miami boss Rick Ross partners with breakout diva Keri Hilson, club-banger maestros Far East Movement, and velvet-voiced Lloyd for a hard-hitting evening that far surpasses backyard puppet shows featuring homemade pyrotechnics.