Blood-curdling screams reverberate through the two haunted houses that make up Blood Village, a sleepy hollow of gruesome scenery and deranged tenants. Inside the Haunted Mansion, dark corridors and blood-soaked fiends bring guests' worst fears to life, particularly for those afraid of murderous clowns’ oversized pants, and an undead horde staggers through the Zombie Infection realm, eager to feast on idling brains. Blood Village also hosts the Last Ride attraction, which entombs customers in a wooden coffin, simulating the bone-chilling experience of being buried alive or waking up in a closed trundle bed.
Mama DePalma is far from a fictional figurehead. She was a real person, and one who loved to entertain while feeding hungry friends with her authentic Italian food. Today her grandchildren's eatery, Mama DePalma's Pizza and Bistro, honors her legacy. In its cozy confines, guests feast on pizzas topped topped with chicken and alfredo sauce, or piled high with eggplant, peppers, and artichoke hearts. Other Italian eats range from strombolis and subs to hearty pasta dinners.
The first thing people notice about Circus Vargas is its big-top tent. Hand-fashioned in Milan from 90,000 square feet of cerulean-blue fabric dotted with yellow stars, the canopy completed the illusion of an elegant lost era when used in the 2011 film Water for Elephants. The last thing people notice is the absence of animals. They're too busy gaping at a man balancing a 12-step ladder with his mouth.
Keeping its marvels strictly human, Circus Vargas builds on a 40-year history by blending classic feats of fearlessness with surprising new tricks. The show features magic tricks along with a skilled hand balancer, a speed juggler, and the wheel of destiny.
Acrobat Sorin Salcianu has exercised his high-flying skills in performances with Cirque du Soleil and international competitions. His wife Tammy has spent more than three decades building muscle as a competitive gymnast and fitness trainer. Both are United States Academy of Gymnasts–certified coaches. As the co-owners and directors of the Academy of Gymnastics and Dance, they draw from their combined fitness backgrounds to lead a team of instructors from Romania, Argentina, France, Canada, and the United States. With this international team, the school is able to draw from fitness and dance training styles from around the world. The resulting programs include leveled, kid-focused courses in recreational and junior-level professional gymnastics as well as tumbling, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop dance.
Kids careen over springy walls or safely tumble down inflatable slides at Bounce U's supervised and climate-controlled pliant playground. Along with bouncing, kids can shoot hoops at pop-a-shot-style goals or dodge the brand new wrecking ball. During open bounce hours, families can pop in unannounced for as much inflatable fun as the day allows. Alternatively, regularly scheduled day camps whisk kids along a six-hour structured day of exercise, crafts, and snacks. Birthday packages outfit parents and kids with a variety of options for making a party unforgettable without having to worry about cleaning up the mess from a rented shark tank.
At Posh For Kidz, infants and kids up to 6 years old divvy up into age-specific playrooms to explore indoor-playground equipment with up to nine of their peers. The well-monitored play place puts an emphasis on providing enough room for kids to run around without ever feeling too hedged in. In addition to open play times, two-hour birthday parties give kids free rein over two playrooms, plus a party room in which to eat cake, open presents, and compare retirement plans. As tykes traverse playplaces, parents and older children can relax in a comfy lounge.