At Greenacres Bowl's lacquered lane emporium, competitors ranging from pint-size to full-size unleash spherical fury seven days per week. Strikes, spares, and sequential cheers ring through the center late into the evenings on weekends, which features laser bowling on Fridays and Saturdays. Automatic scoring helps cut down on disputes between opposing players or teams of Olympic figure-skating judges. In addition to games between friends, the facility also plays host to pin-punishing birthday parties, as well as leagues designed for all levels and ages. A recently sprouted billiards room lures eyes away from slick lanes and onto felt tables and high-definition televisions, while an on-site pro-shop stocks the latest shoes, gear, and accessories.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Brands Used: Bingo
Pro Tip: Fun, friendly, clean, non-smoking environment to play Bingo and win cash.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Free meals for everyone
Recommended Age Group: Adults
The aroma of salt and butter fills Alco Capital Theaters in Boynton Beach. Manager Larry Forbes has worked in theaters for three decades, having started out projecting midnight rock flicks at a drive-in in Fort Lauderdale. He therefore balances a sentimental attachment to film with the practical aspects that make it good for business. "If there's a problem and you have a technician?which we do onsite all the time?you can fix it immediately," he points out. Although the majority of work is projected from film, the theater's eight screening rooms are not warehouses for nostalgia. Digital and Dolby 3-D projectors deliver sharp pictures and immersive experiences to stadiums of 1,500 lumbar-supportive seats, as digital speakers and ADA listening devices make eardrums quake.
During the winter, moviegoers prepare for the upcoming awards season with a full slate of Academy Award?nominated films. On some summer days 700?800 kids will flood the theater by 10 a.m. for adventure flicks and romantic comedies, and when things slow down in the fall, Forbes fires off notices of indie premieres and director Q&A sessions to members of the Movi-E Mail Club, who have chatted with director Susan Seidelman and burgeoning stars from The Palm Beach County Film & Television Institute. On federal holidays, the staff host a special matinee for students, and every Tuesday they pile free popcorn into reusable plastic buckets and vacant laps. The theater's dedication to its audience extends to special requests?Forbes remembers slipping a man's wedding-proposal video into the previews one night. Although he doesn't remember the film, Forbes does remember the woman's answer: she said yes.
Palm Beach Skate Zone's 75,000-square-foot facility encompasses two ice rinks and a roller rink under its climate-controlled eaves, which host public skate sessions, ice- and roller-hockey teams, figure skating, and parties. The year-round roller skating and ice-skating schedule beckons the public to glide around Skate Zone’s rinks, which are all well tended and never used for ice fishing. A dedicated team of coaches and managers works diligently to maintain the skate center’s award-winning Blackhawks youth ice-hockey teams, a travel hockey program, and the Palm Beach Figure Skating Club, whose skaters are trained to remain perfectly still when in the line of sight of a woolly mammoth.
On most days at Palm Beach Strike Zone, one can see an onslaught of bowling balls traveling down the lanes. On others, it's a helmet-wielding maniac sliding headfirst into the pins. Whatever the method employed, the alley's quality lanes ensure fair play and minimal friction. At the sports bar, visitors practice their bowling biceps by repeatedly lifting mugs of beer and slices of pizza, craning their necks to watch flat-screen televisions. Party rooms give birthday kids the chance to address their friends in private, before retiring to the lanes to take in a light and sound show as they bowl. And poker and cornhole games round out Palm Beach Strike Zone's opportunities for fun.
Kids aged 6 months to 10 years wander from workstation to workstation, tickling the ivories on a toy piano here, stacking blocks there, and socializing with their peers. The center offers 10 stations in all where kids play and learn with interactive materials such as puzzles, dolls, and a toy kitchen—each part of The Bee's Knees Learn & Play‘s Montessori-inspired methods for engaging young minds. Founded on the idea that kids learn more efficiently when play and education are intertwined, the facility's educators let kids learn from each other, the instructors, and the toys populating the play space at their own pace. They let children of different ages mingle to nurture development, and also add structure with 60-minute age-specific classes that feature activities such as singing, story time, and take-home projects. Kids aged 2–3 years work with letters and colors, and kids aged 5–10 years may begin mastering Spanish before reenacting telenovelas at the puppet theater. In keeping with the Montessori method, there are no mechanized toys onsite. Instead there are wooden rocking horses, dolls, manual train sets, and other child-powered toys that provoke kids to use their full imaginations. Parents can also bring their kids to the learn-and-play center for open play and private birthday parties.