The plush seating of Studio Movie Grill’s luxurious theater cradles moviegoers as eyes and ears feast on new releases and mouths tend to a bountiful menu of during-the-movie dinner options. Slurping a frosty beverage, flick followers can absorb the projection-booth glow with a myriad of recent releases or take in on a selection of alternate programming, reclaiming youth with a children’s movie, skipping school for a documentary, or practicing operatic shushing during a live streaming classical concert.
Barnacles serves up a lunch and dinner menu of all-American soups, salads, sandwiches, and entrees at both locations. Try a patty melt smothered in grilled onions and american cheese ($7.99) inside the family-friendly Norcross location, which boasts pool tables, arcade games, and an outdoor patio. The nosherie's new HD projector and flat-screen TVs help sports fans stay up-to-date on scores and new commercials while sharing an appetizer sampler of wings, potato skins, chicken tenders, and fried mozzarella ($11.49).
It’s hard to find a monkey to attend a child’s birthday party, and even harder to find a purple one. But at Monkey Joe’s, the furry purple mascot makes an appearance at every child’s party, delighting kids already excited by the inflatable-filled play area.
Youngsters whoosh down colorful slides, bounce in jump areas, and build agility in its obstacle courses. While their kids safely frolic on sanitized inflatables supervised by staffers, parents can relax in an adult area with free wi-fi, flat-screen TVs, and computer stations, as well as refreshments at the concession area. Kids 3 years old and under have a separate play area, meaning they can happily play without having to listen to the elderly 11-year-olds talk about “when I was your age.”
At Great Play, kids are encouraged to break bottles—virtual ones, arranged on virtual shelves—in the center’s Interactive Arena. They are part of a hand-eye coordination game for kids, in which sensors track their “throws” and the computer-generated bottles projected onto the walls fall accordingly. Another version sees kids honing their throwing arms by aiming for an animated strike zone while a simulated crowd cheers.
But regardless of the specific games kids play on any given day in the 3,000-square-foot arena, each activity hews to the play center’s overall goal: to build kids’ motor skills and athletic abilities from an early age. Programs for younger kids focus on fundamentals, such as running, skipping, dodging, and tumbling. Meanwhile, athletic camps for older kids build skillsets that come in handy during pick-up games on the playground or at their first Olympic trials at age 3.
Inside each Sky Zone location, a wall-to-wall half-pipe made entirely of trampolines gives children and adults a venue where they can safely hop, bounce, and somersault to their hearts' content. The vast, taut, springy flooring doesn't end at the walls, but instead the trampolines continue upward to form angles perfect for crawling up, springing off, or sliding down. Visitors can meander along the bounceable terrain in the open trampoline arena, throw themselves into giant foam pits, or sharpen their competitive edges in trampoline-assisted sports such as dodgeball. SkyRobics classes merge gravity-defying fun with fitness during instructor-led workouts that include calisthenics, core exercises, and strength-building aerobics to help guests shed calories without hurting their joints or taking a wrong turn on a treadmill.
With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Magnum-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.