The sound of jingling arcade games. The jostling of bumper cars. The smiling horses of a carousel. The sights and sounds of childhood abound at Pojos Family Fun Center, where games and rides have been helping kids make life-long memories since 1974. Whether they're coming for a birthday party of just spending a Saturday afternoon together, families can enjoy themselves with the center's timeless (and affordable) all-ages attractions. After a hard day of play, they can even retreat to Pojos' Carousel Café, where cooked-to-order pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches recharge even the most depleted of human batteries.
At Fast Lane Indoor Kart Racing, low-riding Sodi go-karts, careen around the winding track at 40 miles per hour, powered by Honda GX270 engines. These karts suspend drivers inches from the ground, which—according to staff—gives them the sensation of 80-mile-per-hour speeds without the hassle of putting a saddle on a cheetah. After a driving-and-safety briefing, riders don full-face helmets before starting the 10-minute race. Spectators can keep an eye on lap times on the electronic scoreboard and on monitors scattered throughout the facility, each measuring times to the thousandth of a second.
At The Nampa Rollerdrome, kids and adults speed around a more than 60-year-old wood-floored skating rink flanked by a snack bar, party room, and ample hangout space. Birthday parties fill bellies with pizza in a private room boasting a wall illustration of Mickey Mouse, which mysteriously ages even as revelers remain eternally youthful. Roller-hockey leagues facilitate friendly competition among all age groups, and late-night Friday skate sessions keep in-line wheels in motion till midnight. Gamers can take a break from strenuous rinkmanship in the game room, stocked with air hockey, a crane game, and Ms. Pac-Man, in which players woo an ambitious bachelorette married to her ghost-swallowing career.
Wings Center caters to cartwheeling kids of all ages and experience levels, gracefully catapulting them through the air with team-building cheerleading classes or agility-cultivating gymnastics. Children bound through the nearly 10,000-square-foot facility with an array of gymnastics sessions, tailored to the budding somersaulter’s age and skill level. Newly walking toddlers are guided through Protons lessons by their parents who, taking cues from the instructors, teach them motor-development and spatial-awareness exercises. From ages 2–5, mini funambulists take age-specific classes during which they tumble on soft mats, leap through obstacle courses, bounce on trampolines, and challenge live kangaroos to games of hopscotch. Girls ages 5–18 foster their disparagement of gravity as they master the balance beams and uneven bars. Boys' Sic ‘n Twisted classes give pliable males ages 5–18 space to flip without worrying about getting footprints on the ceiling.
Kayak Coeur d'Alene has been shipping adventurers away from shore for 10 years in scenic northern Idaho, renting, retailing, and instructing on the finer operational points of kayaks and paddleboards. Spend a sun-soaked half-day on some of the most picturesque boating lakes in the country, such as Coeur d'Alene Lake, Lake Pend Oerille, Priest Lake, and Hayden Lake. Choose to cruise solo, or opt for the tandem-kayak rental and enjoy the day with a friend or hydrophobic frenemy whose weaknesses need to be carefully studied. Each kayak rental includes a personal floatation device, a paddle, a spray skirt, pump, and a paddle float. Standup-paddleboard rentals include a paddle and a magical fish that grants nautically-themed wishes.
At Gameworld, fun materializes in a variety of forms, from bowling to arcade games modeled after sporty endeavors and amusement park rides. Bowlers launch spheres down regulation-size lanes or the abbreviated alleys of a replica of Highway 66, featuring mini lanes striped with a highway median that cater specifically to toddlers, but can entertain competitors of all ages. After lifting bowling balls, gamers can cool down in the arcade, a haven for a veritable timeline of electronic adversaries from yesteryear's Pac-Man to modern Daytona racecars, as well as air hockey and a small climbing wall. The MaxFlight Simulator reigns supreme among its peers, emulating the jolting twists and turns of a rollercoaster ride without the annoyance of picking bugs off of teeth. Players refuel at Perky's Pizza with crispy slices or entire pies made to order, which can also power kids through bowling birthday parties that include bowling, gaming, and goody bags.