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 Caf?, where cooked-to-order pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches recharge even the most depleted of human batteries.
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.
Featured on local Fox 12 News, Bounce offers physical activities for families with its bounce houses and obstacle courses. The anti-gravity facility encourages kids and parents to get active, eschewing video games, which render players stationary and more likely to become mothball carriers. Once inside the hyperactive interior, visitors can sample from a variety of springy stunts, including the Velcro wall, slide, and bounce castle. An adult bounce house and kiddie play area keep things organized, but all-out malarkey ensues when parents and kids duke it out with Sumo wrestling suits, cartoon-proportion boxing gloves, and American Gladiator–style jousting. A concessions stand with café seating offers snacks to replenish calories, and free WiFi is available to settle heated debates over the etymology of fracas.
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.
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.