The telltale sounds of fun fill the air at either Magic Mountain Fun Center location, as friends and families careen around tracks in go-karts, compete on mind-bending mini-golf courses, or do battle in bumper cars. Piping-hot pizzas fuel days of rides and arcade games, and the park's varied birthday packages catapult parties into a fun-filled gamut of feasting, bumper boats, and laser tag. Open late, the parks afford guests the opportunity to while the night away or lure their night terrors in front of a speeding bumper car.
United by a common interest in art and a commitment to nurturing artistic collaborations in their community, Wild Goose Creative organized this year’s Geekfest with the goal of bringing a wide range of self-proclaimed and budding geeks together. From Thursday, June 17, to Saturday, June 19, Geekfest features four individual events ($5 each). Thursday showcases a demonstration of Forbidden Kingdoms: The Art and Science of Roleplaying Games (7 p.m.), and Friday is scheduled with an hour of geek sketch comedy (8 p.m.) and Nerdcore Rising (9:30 p.m.), a film about MC Frontalot and his computer-obsessed brand of hip-hop. Saturday night features a video-game costume party (9 p.m.) at which attendees can dress up as their favorite character and turn 8-bit game entertainment into reality. Hop over to a fun-filled weekend of geeky activities without busting your head on coin-producing bricks with today’s side deal.
For more than 30 years, Cool Cat Sites Entertainment has enhanced birthdays, carnivals, festivals, and parties with a plethora of rental equipment, including inflatables and carnival games. The festivity experts boast more than 39 character-themed bounce houses, a 22' inflatable water slide, and sumo-wrestler outfits for duking it out on a cushioned mat. Along with professional DJs and face-painting artists, fortunetellers enhances soirees by illuminating the future long enough for youngsters to peek their destined cholesterol score. Cool Cat also endows backyard parties with putt-putt courses and interactive petting zoos, complete with an animal handler and gentle members of the wildlife community.
Since 1998, when VHS was issuing its final surrender to DVDs, Video Data Services has been transferring analog memoirs into the digital age and saving antiquated formats from a life in the attic. Whether it's home movies shot on 8mm, Super 8, or 16mm reels, homecoming games filmed on bulky VHS camcorders, or a library of failed America's Funniest Home Videos auditions captured in old formats such as Hi8 or MiniDV, Video Data Services treats every film canister, shoebox of slides, or truckloads of videotape like a precious magnetic baby. When transporting celluloid to its more universally accessible DVD form, their crew of technicians clean, condition, and repair any broken splices or tears in frame-by-frame transfers that eradicate flickers or that weird melting film effect that happens with projectors. They also create hand-scanned, cropped, and color-corrected slideshow DVDs from photos and slides, and convert any videotape format to DVD, where nobody can accidentally tape over a wedding with their break-dancing demo.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
Family fun constantly unfolds at General Custers Golf & Gulp, where mini-golfers putt past obstacles on two different 18-hole courses. Along the way, they cross paths with quirky sea creatures, characters from pop culture, and a large, wooden pirate ship, a sight that is usually only spotted in the ocean or the bathtubs of billionaires. Away from the courses, visitors can trade their clubs for spoons and dig into nearly 40 flavors of ice cream, or visit the newly opened bungee trampoline jumper. They can also re-fuel for another round with smoothies, sundaes, shakes, and ice cream sandwiches.