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.
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.
Allyn Glover, the mastermind behind 13 Stories Haunted House, began testing his friends’ courage at the age of 13, when he constructed a homemade haunted trail. Since then, he has fine-tuned his scaring capabilities with the help of animatronics, elaborate sets, quality makeup, and a cast of actors. At 13 Stories Haunted House—which features old elevators that send visitors plummeting down all 13 floors—the aim is to turn visitors' hair white, much like when someone switches your shampoo with a big bottle of whiteout. On the off chance the house doesn’t do the trick, the Big Top Secret in 3D outdoor attraction attempts to scare guests with horror-filled images brought to life with the magic of 3-D glasses.
Golfsmith's online and in-store storerooms house an almost endless list of golf gear for men, women, and children alike. Clubs, balls, and accessories from brands such as TaylorMade, MacGregor, and Callaway give players precise control over their game, and polos and long-sleeved shirts from Nike and Snake Eyes garb players in course-appropriate attire now that tuxedo T-shirts no longer qualify. Along with the extensive collection of equipment and golf bags, Golfsmith also carries GPS systems to give players a high-tech edge and tennis gear to help them overcome the bunkers’ tricky nets.
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