Mulligan Family Fun Center's three locations surround parents and kids with sprawling smorgasbords of kinetic entertainment. Outside, each park's sunny grounds encourage healthy activity with putt-testing miniature-golf courses and the hairpin turns of go-kart tracks. In the batting cages, aspiring sluggers test their swing while recognized major-league sluggers test their disguise against the park's do-not-admit posters. Back inside, climbers scale the rock wall?s vertical challenges and friends battle friends in laser tag?s intense light-based combat.
Each location also has its own signature activities. The Torrance location's rookie go-karts, for example, enable younger drivers to take a turn down the track, whereas the Palmdale location boasts a longer, 1,500-foot track for children and adults alike.
At Paintball Wars, the competition is just as unforgiving as the terrain, where splattered rounds mix with the red earth kicked up by dashing and diving players. On Kill Hill, players crouch behind plywood barricades and hay bales, while others climb atop the dirt bunkers, affording them a higher vantage point but exposing them to enemy fire. Nearby, the Flats keeps everyone on the same level, eschewing the Z-axis for ample cover behind barrels and piled tires. Alternatively, the Speedball field’s configuration of inflatable cover changes on a weekly basis, providing new challenges and preventing regulars from memorizing the locations of invincibility power-ups. Outside the battle zones, the park’s armory doles out rental equipment to the uninitiated, including such useful items as one-time-use camouflage overalls and ammo pods.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10.98 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.79 value).