Encompassing 5 acres of family-centric fun, Greatimes Family Fun Park's attractions provide safe jollity for children and adults. While most outdoor attractions—such as bumper boats and mini-golf—require agreeable weather, the center's 22,000-square-foot indoor play haven grants rain-or-shine merriment, as well as an arcade and prize-redemption games that include classic skee-ball. As pintsize family members ramble through the playland, three ball pits urge energetic jumping, and slides and tunnels add varying terrain to afternoon play. Pizzas and sub sandwiches from the play center's restaurant also supply noshes for family meals celebrating go-kart victories or the long-awaited engagement of Pac-Man to Ms. Pac-Man.
Lazer X FW is a haven of laser-guided fun and arcade amusement. A labyrinthine arena holds up to 40 laser taggers as battle rages over four tiers. Ultraviolet and strobe lights illuminate the billows of fog that obscure skeletons and aliens. Their newest game, Lazermaze, tests the agility of its participants through a room fraught with security beams and cowlick-fixing moms. The cavernous facility also contains an arcade stocked with Dance Dance Revolution and other joystick-based amusements.
Chippewa Bowl has plenty of space where bowlers can let their inner competitor roam free—70 lanes worth of space, to be exact. While pins clatter in the bowling area, players can refuel at the Laneside Grill or grab a drink at one of two sports bars, both of which host karaoke on Friday and Sunday evenings. Guests can also try their luck at an arcade game that spits out tickets, which they can swap for prizes or attempt to swap for admittance to a Bon Jovi concert.
Hailed as the "granddaddy of Northwest Indiana's haunted attractions" by the Post-Tribune, Reapers Realm Haunted Attractions terrifies guests every Halloween season with multiple haunted sites. Most of its frights lurk within the three floors of a 1920s-era stone mansion. There, fog makes it tricky to see where demented demons lie in wait, and strobe lights illuminate famous movie monsters such as Michael Myers reenacting classic scenes of carnage.
More creepy creatures populate the Reaped Woods, where, in the past, a corn maze has hosted sights nearly as frightening as a scarecrow stuffed with old SAT scantrons. At the aptly named Carnevil, the screams echoing from the rides aren't just screams of delight.
Net Heads boasts a large and chicly modern gaming environment where slick lighting, custom furniture, and a plethora of video monitors will make any joystick jockey feel as if they've been transported to a video-game mothership. A fleet of 45 gaming stations is networked together to allow adventurers to virtually compete against each other or anyone else across the Intertubes. Office workers on a corporate outing can learn the value of teamwork by getting systematically pulverized by a birthday party of fourth-graders in Call of Duty, while Grandma can show off her patented Wii bowling trick shot to her entire church group. The convivial company of fellow gamers can make level grinding in World of Warcraft far less tedious, and makes it a lot easier to play all the instruments in Rock Band at the same time. The freedom to explore dozens of games is yours to share alongside a playing and snacking friend for what can be a game-changing experience.
Ben and Ari's accommodates competitors of all levels with a full arcade and pizza kitchen flanked by two 18-hole miniature-golf courses. Both courses mimic the terrain of their larger long-game counterparts, but eschew the giant windmills in favor of dips, bends, and wandering streams that swallow wayward golf balls. The fairways also wind around the centerpiece of a working waterfall, which trickles in the background of live bands during summer festivals and fundraisers. During the winter months, players stay warm in the glow of the arcade, which houses 45 nonviolent video games that allow kids to enjoy simulated road races. The arcade also encompasses a pair of scaled-down bowling alleys that make strikes and spares a feasible goal for pint-sized rollers.