"Tread softly," say players on Insane Paintball?s outdoor forts course. No matter how careful you are on the ground, opponents likely lurk atop the field?s 14 one- and two-story buildings, waiting to strike on the unsuspecting players below. More buildings tower above the wooded field, where teams can take cover behind mounds and old, paint-splattered cars.
Those pellets fire from Insane Paintball?s semi-automatic rental guns, part of gear packages that include face masks and compressed-air bottles. Snacks await players after long stretches of recreational, scenario, or tournament games, as do shopping sprees inside an on-site 3,500-square-foot retail store. Besides stocking new gear, the store hosts certified technicians, who repair malfunctioning equipment such as guns that only let players load crayon nubs.
Over the course of Winners Circle’s 12 years of entertaining those young and old, families have raced around go-kart tracks, practiced putts on mini-golf greens, and zapped each other with lasers. They’ve also been able to race against each other, the clock, and Christopher Lloyd in running shorts in the Time Freak obstacle race, and more recently, have been able to perfect their swings in indoor and outdoor batting cages. For birthday parties, families can take advantage of a party room, arcade tokens, and pizza from Papa John’s.
Featuring more than 20,000 square feet of play space, iJump's two locations delight pintsize adventurers with indoor attractions and all-inclusive birthday parties. After conquering inflatable slides and imaginary city-states, kids can hone their racing chops on two types of age-appropriate go-karts at iJump's original location. In addition, a 20-foot rock wall beckons explorers to strive towards its summit, and arcade games set kids on a quest for prizes. At the newer location in Crestwood, parents can relax in the lounge outfitted with a huge HDTV and free WiFi—amenities also available at the other facility—while kids safely submerge into the ball pit in search of lost wallets filled with prospective business clients. Committed to clean fun, iJump provides hand-sanitizer stations throughout its spaces.
There's no shortage of rays to soak in at Hot Spot Tanning. The salon offers bed tanning, standup spray tanning, and even a mobile airbrush outfit. This breadth of bronzing options makes it easy to achieve a summery glow without going to the pool or that scary, sandy place where the land suddenly turns into water. In addition to darkening complexions, Hot Spot Tanning specializes in red-light therapy, which can help improve skin's tone and texture.
Inflated structures, slides, and games fill the climate-controlled environs of BounceU of Nashville's location. 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.
In addition to open sessions, the indoor play haven sets the stage for Daily Create and Bounce Summer Camps programs that teach art lessons and group activities. Special events include parent's night out, which lets parents spend an evening away from their kids, and cosmic bounce, which turns the facility into a black-lit arena to illuminate any lost socks.
Grand Old Golf and Go Karts adds a Tennessee twist to its spread of family-friendly activities. The grounds feature four different miniature golf courses, each one professionally landscaped to reflect Tennessee's natural terrain. One course, for instance, wends it way over a rock formation complete with river and waterfall, challenging players with tricky changes in elevation that recall the Appalachians. Another course forces players to putt across precarious bridges without railings and risk plopping the ball into the tiny rivers that criss-cross beneath. The newest location features Nashville's only indoor black light mini golf course, lit just like the ancient nightclubs hidden in the state's many caves.
Miniature golf only comprises one half of the entertainments available, though. The titular go kart course offers high speed excitement with extremely tight turns. The karts themselves come in varieties to seat one or two people, allowing the entire family to get in on the fun even if they can't drive. The property even includes an old barn lined with arcade and prize-redemption games instead of livestock and hay.