White rail fences and thick wooded borders surround the farm at Equine Kingdom Riding Academy, where owner Sally Amanda Cochran and her certified instructors lead students through classes in English and Western riding. Cochran began riding at the age of 10 and uses her experience as a competitive rider to shape a different lesson plan for her students each week. She aims to keep the lessons entertaining, engaging, and educational, and also teaches students how to properly tack and groom horses. Equine Kingdom Riding Academy hosts a large outdoor riding arena, trails, a round pen, and a large pasture, allowing students to ride in all terrain.
Triad Lanes offers bowlers of all levels recreational and competitive atmospheres. Beyond the well-oiled boards and gutters, it features onsite amenities, as well as youth bowling, indoor bumper cars, and birthday parties. In addition to open hours, the alley hosts special events, such as the Lightning Strikes Light Show, each Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m.
According to Pump It Up, air is essential for a successful rowdy romp. During three fun-filled open-bounce sessions, children leap around gargantuan air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like legless snakes through an air-filled obstacle course, losing themselves in a world of multi-colored inflatamania. Pump It Up’s indoor air arena is climate-controlled and cleanly maintained according to rigorous guidelines set by a team of well-trained staff members. Parents play for free, so childless adults who want to play will need to borrow their neighbor’s kid or win one by collecting enough cereal-box tops. Open bounce times run during the day on Mondays and Fridays (10:30 a.m.–noon), and in the evening on Fridays and Sundays (5:30 p.m.–7 p.m.). Check the schedule and get ready to deck the walls with jolly bounces.
Every year, Green Hill Center's 7,000-square-foot main gallery displays five exhibitions of contemporary work, usually by artists who live and work in North Carolina. A single membership entitles the Groupon-holder to discounts on programs in the main gallery space, discounted tickets to the Collector's Choice holiday gala, invitations to opening receptions, and more. With the household membership, families get all the benefits of a single membership plus free admission to ArtQuest, Green Hill Center's hands-on art studio for kids and families. Check "Become a Member" information under the "Get Involved" section of Green Hill Center's website for a full listing of membership benefits.
Admission is always free to the Weatherspoon Art Museum's collection of nearly 6,000 works from primarily post-WWII American artists. With today's deal, both the individual and dual/family memberships entitle you to reciprocal admission to partnering museums, 10% off most gift-shop merchandise, free or discounted admission to special events, and more. Click here to see a complete list of membership benefits.
With 52 freshly oiled lanes, Gate City Lanes is a pin-seeker's haven that has garnered the support of locals, finishing in the top two for the News & Record's Go Triad magazine's 2009 Readers' Choice Award for Best Bowling Alley. Bowlers enjoy an abundance of classic alley accompaniments—arcade games, pool tables, and a snack bar with hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches, drinks, and snacks to refuel between each of the three dramatic rolls of the epic 10th frame. Those who yearn to step into the shoes of bowling heroes past are in luck—it's actually required by the alley, and shoe rental ($3.95) is covered with your Groupon. The 16-ounce soda ($1.92) also included with this Groupon will meet most bowling-related hydration demands, whether you treat bowling as sport or leisure.