Oil stains, acrid gasoline smells, billowing clouds of exhaust?visitors won't find any of these at Speed Raceway. An indoor go-kart facility that employs as much eco-friendly technology as possible, the center's Italian-made OTL Storm Karts run entirely on electricity. But that doesn't mean they're lacking in horsepower. Each reaches speeds of up to 45 miles-per-hour, according to Philadelphia Magazine, which included Speed Raceway in its 2013 Best of Philly feature. With two European-style tracks, drivers can hit top speeds on straightaways before sliding around hairpin turns over 12 laps for kids or 14 laps for adults.
Despite the velocities reached, safety remains of paramount importance. Race officials use colored flags to communicate with the drivers: green means "race away," yellow means "ease up while a situation is being resolved," and teal means "hey, look at this teal flag I found in the closet." At the end of each race, every participant receives a printed results sheet complete with lap times and statistics.
Inflated structures, slides, and games fill the climate-controlled environs of the numerous BounceU locations that speckle the nation. At each site, staff members closely monitor all activities as little ones traverse obstacle courses or pull on oversized inflatable boxing gloves. The crew also invites parents to join in on the fun, letting them bounce alongside their kids or make sweeping edicts from atop a bouncy-castle throne. After dark, BounceU offers up an experience designed for tweens and teens with cosmic open bounce sessions that feature music, lighting, and glow-in-the-dark accessories. In addition to open sessions, the indoor-play haven sets the stage for the Preschool Playdate program. Special events include family-bounce night, which lets parents join in the bouncing or relax in the party room and do grownup things, such as eat marshmallows with a knife and fork.
Rebel Race's military-style obstacle courses challenge athletes from all backgrounds to shed humdrum day-to-day routines to experience the primal joys of mud, sweat and glory. Emerging from the mire in various states across the country, each Rebel Race packs its rucksack with tests of physical and mental toughness, rousing racers and washing machines alike to triumph in the face of sloppy opposition. After dashing through fire, climbing walls, and scaling mountains of hay, race participants bask in the collective kudos of parties, which include live entertainment, food, and beer for purchase. Camping options encourage participants and spectators to transform races into weekend getaways, while awards recognize each day's standout competitors and most-humble mud pits.
Founded by Spring Mill Country Club assistant golf professional Matthew Davis, OzGolf provides lessons to equip golfers of all skill levels with the tools and advice they need to play their best. Mr. Davis draws on his 12 years of experience teaching and playing competitively to help players shorten backswings, make solid contact with the ball, and learn how to hide an extra 9-iron up their sleeves. Each lesson includes an in-depth analysis of areas where players could use improvement, and customers walk away with a step-by-step guide to help them reach their goals. Any golfer who signs up for multiple individual lessons receives a 15-minute session with the V1 Pro video-analysis system, which breaks down biomechanic swing techniques.
Horsham Family Golf takes up more than 16 acres of space where players of all ages can fine-tune their skills. Guests can practice putting at a gold-rush-themed 18-hole mini-golf course, aiming for holes in one while avoiding dips and obstacles. The facility also houses a driving range equipped with laser-precise distance markers and buckets of high-quality golf balls yearning to feel the wind in their dimples. 28 of the 50 golf stalls are private and remain lit for evening play, and a new practice bunker challenges golfers with a large sand trap. After practice, guests can visit the onsite pro shop, where they can stock up on golfing accessories or purchase a set of custom-fitted clubs.
Patagonia Bar & Grill serves up a spread of international fare from multiple continents, from flaky fillets of African grouper to Argentine churrasco, creamy shrimp alfredo, and tangy Shanghai calamari. Brightly hued contemporary decor frames these cosmopolitan feasts with sunny yellows and oranges, and a full-service bar slings drinks as the wine list pairs dishes with fruity libations from vineyards in California, Argentina, Italy, and France. A brick-walled patio hosts occasional musical performances and live-action reenactments of famous Tetris games.