Fun Tyme Adventure Parks lives up to its name with a multitude of amusements and family-friendly activities. Inside an impressive—and warm—golf dome, players of all skill levels can sharpen their swings in preparation of hitting the links. Fun Tyme’s Can-Am go-karts race through winding tracks, giving drivers a taste of how professional racecar drivers might feel. You can even use your problem-solving skills to outsmart your pals during a round of adventure mini golf. Finish off with a few games at the arcade, or a visit to the batting cages, where you can imagine hitting the game-winning home run off John Elway to win the Stanley Cup.
Zap Zone's seven locations in Michigan and two locations in Canada each feature a unique combination of attractions—anything from bumper cars to the Jump Zone's cushioned obstacle course. In the laser-tag arena, both kids and adults demonstrate their teamwork skills by outscoring opponents in fast-paced games that take place inside black-lit mazes of neon-tinged hallways. Arcades also round out every location's attractions, tempting passersby to drop a few tokens on racing games and skee-ball, or a lot of tokens on the claw game filled with Fabergé eggs.
Apocalypse Games has carved its 37-acre site into four different fields to test the marksmanship and dodgemanship of paintballers in a variety of game types. On the speedball field, teams of three to five paint pugilists take to the air-ball fields for quick five-minute bouts of target practice. The large woods field offers plenty of bunkers for repelling flag capture attempts. In the swamp, however, paint-privates will search in vain for any underbrush to save them from oncoming paint orbs and paint-bear attacks. Perched on top of Bunker Hill, a large castle provides ample fortifications for the defending team to protect itself against the advancing enemy, who have 20 minutes to take the fortress. A ref is always around to make sure players aren't lying about their multicolored badges of courage or mother's maiden names. Call ahead to check availability.
Step inside this family-friendly entertainment hub to test your laser skills across 4,000 square feet of black-lit battlefield. Q-Zar's futuristic funscape hosts a tonal tango of fuchsia, cerulean, and radioactive sherbet, interrupted every so often by energized beams. In games of laser tag, aim trumps age, beam-based bravery beats pure brute strength, and strategy almost always prevails over wandering around aimlessly while talking about football. Whether young, old, or medium, all players can prove supremacy behind a laser gun if they enter the game with a good attitude. Laser tag can be a pretty intense workout, so let Q-Zar's playlist of energetic tunes invigorate you as you dish out and dodge neon laser dashes.
At Lazer Planet, laser-tag players find lots to keep their attention. First, seven modes of play, including variations on capture the flag and tag, keep battles lively, as players duke it out in a black-lit arena adorned with alien cutouts. In the arcade, video and redemption games challenge hand-eye coordination, and players can redeem their tickets for stuffed animals, candy, and lava lamps.
After six years of working in Chicago, Kasey Shoemaker returned to Lansing to raise her family. Fusing her dedication to her children with her entrepreneurial aspirations, Kasey set out to assemble natural, local, and organic materials and to transform them into a space where kids aged 6 or younger could frolic while parents relaxed with other adults. Her vision came to fruition with play., a 2,600-square-foot space with play areas where kids shop at a pretend farmers' market or cavort across a stage in elaborate costumes and props. Tykes who wish to check in with Clifford, Dora the Explorer, or Hamlet can nestle into the reading nook with a favorite book. Beside permanent play spots, constantly evolving interest areas accommodate new attractions, such as a chalk wall and a basketball hoop, that enthrall drop-in visitors and birthday-party guests alike. Along with unstructured play, classes led by experienced educators engage tykes with art activities and interactive projects. During the warmer months, play. also offers summer camps that run for two-week sessions and let children explore and create while accompanied by staff and guest instructors.