Jump!Zone throws open its doors to the kids of the world, inviting them to frolic on a safe, bouncy play area comprising six themed inflatables. Little ones revel in the shadow of a 17-foot, air-filled Batman, who defends the playground against invading car dealership gorillas. After practicing for their sweet 16 on the Cars–themed speedway, kids can explore the depths of the Atlantis attraction. Foosball, air-hockey tables, and a full arcade also occupy young bodies between leaps and bounds in the bounce castle. During arena play sessions, parents take advantage of free WiFi in the café area, which also slings toothsome snacks to zap appetites accrued from hours of play.
Patrons descend upon Adventure Landing for a day of friendly racing, laser battling, swinging competition, and scares. Indulge that pesky need for speed when zooming through a twisting quarter-mile track aboard an Adventure Speedyway go-kart, or putt across a pair of 18-hole miniature golf courses studded with lush foliage, rushing waterfalls, and the holographic visage of Chi-Chi Rodriguez. More intense head-to-head interaction can be had with a black-lit battle inside laser-tag arenas, Jacksonville’s themed around ghostly pirate battles and Jacksonville Beach's themed around Area 51 alien encounters. Competitors can feel free to indulge in a playtime potpourri, blending rounds of favorite activities or putting them all toward a five-act laser-tag play. The freedom of choice applies to how patrons use the five attractions; however, they must all be used in a single visit, making it a convenient way to happily exhaust over-energized tweens and tots.
Batt Family Fun Center's facilities lure bowlers of all ages with a plethora of smooth lanes, some of which are surrounded by bumpers, and league and specialty bowling. Roll one of Batt Family Fun Center's colorful, varying-in-weight bowling balls toward innocent pins while wearing stylish yet effectual nonscuffing footwear. Xtreme bowling, a cosmic-bowling experience that takes place on Friday and Saturday nights, dazzles the eyes with lasers, disco lights, black lights, and fog, and doles out stimulation for the ears in the form of loud music and the sounds professional athletes make when they get injured. An arcade room and snack bar ensure those waiting to roll remain entertained and full of flavor. Rounding out the family fun are billiards tables and glow-in-the-dark mini golf.
A serpentine path winding through a muddy field, the 5-mile course at MuckFest MS is designed to get runners as dirty as possible while also testing their endurance. More than 20 elaborate obstacles—including mud lakes, steel-constructed obstacles, crawls through muck, and rope ladders—further separate contestants from the finish line. Among the more grueling challenges are a two-story wall of connected ropes and a fireman's ladder whereupon competitors must slide down a 20-foot pole or else they turn into a dalmatian. Finishing times are tracked by in-bib chip timing, and both competitive and recreational runners are encouraged to participate. Runners can also band together to form fundraising teams, whose earnings benefit multiple sclerosis research and direct-support services for those living with MS.
Owned and operated by The Potter’s House International Ministries, King Pins Bowling center improves hand-eye coordination with air hockey, billiards, and more than 20 automatic scoring lanes. Between frames, patrons can grab a cheesy pizza at the snack bar or catch a game on either of the alley’s two jumbo screen TVs.
Allowing for occasional naps in a plush theater armchair or across a leather bowling lounge, it's conceivable that you could stay within Latitude 30's 50,000-square-foot entertainment emporium for days without falling victim to boredom. The roar of the crowd fills a 100-seat sports theater as fans track the main event on the 12.5-foot jumbotron, taking advantage of commercial breaks to eye the 13 surrounding HD screens and keep up with the scores of important football games and spelling bees. At CineGrille, another vast HD screen plays current adventure flicks and romantic comedies as guests enjoy legroom fit for a very tall king. Meanwhile, waitstaff quietly delivers an extensive menu of prime rib kebab, pizza, and gourmet burgers.
For more active entertainment, pins thunder in the 20-lane bowling alley, and at the arcade, players compete on big-screen video games or work redemption games to win prizes ranging from Legos to PlayStations. Colored lights spill across comedians, musical acts, and DJs at the Vegas–inspired Latitude Live before the Axis Bar keeps the party going with drinks and dancing.
Originally built in 1927, 5 Points Theatre has undergone a transformation throughout the years from "talkie" palace to neo-modern nightclub to contemporary art-house cinema, earning accolades from the Florida Times-Union for its eclectic and offbeat lineup of films. The upcoming calendar hosts a variety of exclusives and special showings in addition to popcorn-popping Hollywood releases. Stop in for cult-classic midnight screenings, during which the theater transforms into a pumpkin carriage piloted by the delicate dreams of cinematic fans. The eclectic mix of motion pics ensures you'll still be able to catch Blue Valentine between viewings of foreign flicks, such as the Best Picture–nominated British historical drama The King's Speech.