Sparkles Family Fun Centers' Hiram and Kennesaw locations both follow a simple recipe: take as many kid-pleasing activities as humanly possible and blend them all together. Black-light, 2 story, 3D laser tag, a spacious skate-floor dotted with brightly colored lights and an arcade stocked with the latest games attract kids and kids-at-heart alike. Meanwhile, free WiFi engages parents and tech-savvy little ones while other revelers bound through a multi-level playground with swings, slides and obstacle course. The nearby toddler play-zone–staffed with playground attendants who play along and chat with kids–also lets pint-sized patrons work off some energy. At the Couey cafe, guests sate appetites worked up by having so much fun.
Humans dreamed of achieving flight for millennia, driven by the desire to find out what clouds taste like (a lot like fog, it turns out). Take to the skies with today's Groupon. For $40 per person, you get a quarter-hour private helicopter tour from Whirl Helicopter Atlanta, a $79 value. Depart from McCollum Airport in Kennesaw and fly to Kennesaw Mountain and over Marietta Square and the Big Chicken.
SkeeNation's governing precision-rollers unite skee-ball aficionados for evenings of nostalgic play and friendly competition. Skee-ball, a classic arcade game that requires shooting skills similar to those of bowling and cheers similar to an elephant's trumpet, faces aimthletes against each other, with champions receiving cash, prizes, or a gleaming trophy. Unveil questionable slam-dunk strategies while schmoozing with other league participants, or impress a friendly bartender by building a trading-card house model of the Millennium Falcon. SkeeNation is the country's premier skee-ball league with chapters in eight cities so far. All participants must be 21 or older to attend.
Game - Time - Sports' family of coaches have dedicated their time and energy to developing effective exercise habits in kids starting at a young age. Hosting summer camps and programs, they seek to develop motor skills within kids while incorporating sports. With programs designed for children aged 18 months to 10 years, each level is named after the goal it's trying to achieve, such as Introduce, Develop, and Refine. Every staff member is NAYS-, first aid-, and CPR-certified, ensuring that children and CPR mannequins can play safely. The staff also provides aftercare for $10 a day.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Inflated structures, slides, and games fill the climate-controlled environs of the numerous BounceU locations that speckle the nation. At each site, staff members closely monitor all activities as little ones traverse obstacle courses or pull on oversized inflatable boxing gloves. The crew also invites parents to join in on the fun, letting them bounce alongside their kids or make sweeping edicts from atop a bouncy-castle throne.
In addition to open sessions, the indoor-play haven sets the stage for Create and Bounce, which lets kids bounce and paint the day away so their parents can do grown-up things, such as eat marshmallows with a knife and fork.