Youngsters dressed in slippers, tights, and tulle prance across Fairytales & Tutus' shiny studio floor during Fairytale Ballet classes, wherein costumes, tales, and dance instruction combine to treat tots to interactive storybook adventures. Instructors kick off classes by teaching basic ballet positions, traveling steps, and terminology to students before transitioning into story time. As the fairytale unfurls, the young dancers act out the plotline using the techniques they just learned. Scarves, magic wands, and other fanciful props add extra flavor to the 45-minute-long imaginative stews. Classes are split by age group into fairies (3–4) and princesses (4–6), meeting once a week. View the schedule for class times here.
The first Bonkerz Comedy Club was founded in Wisconsin in 1984, when nightclub-owning brothers Joe and John Sanfelippo and best friend George Maltezos decided that it was more fun and less of a hassle to book comedians than musicians. Nearly 30
Standup comedian and Emmy-winning writer Ed Driscoll continues his career-long campaign of relentless rib-tickling in a quintet of appearances atop the stage of the new Louie Anderson Theater. Driscoll has composed material for Dennis Miller and Billy Crystal, opened for Louie Anderson, and contributed to or appeared on a litany of television programs and specials. July 19–23, Driscoll will take to the mic toting a relaxed and friendly style of standup that creates a community of chuckling by rejecting the elitist humor of Internet search engines and self-satisfied housecats.
According to Boyd Gaming, bowling centers make the perfect complement to casinos. Each different facility boasts automatic scoring, bumpers for kids, and full-service pro shops so bowlers can upgrade to the more modern, self-aware bowling balls. Here's a closer look at their four bowling centers:
The Orleans Bowling Center
The Orleans Bowling Center, ensconced inside the Orleans Hotel & Casino, tests ball-heaving stamina with 24 hours of daily bowl time across 70 lanes. The Orleans Bowling Center also features a cocktail lounge and a video arcade to keep entertainment at a high between frames.
Sams Town Bowling Center
The 56 lanes at Sams Town Bowling Center never shut down. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week this bowling mecca sings with a chorus of strikes and spares. While younger bowlers head to the snack bar, adults can sip drinks inside the cocktail lounge. Special event: The Xtreme Bowling Experience, which takes place Friday and Saturday evenings and incorporates disco-style lights.
Gold Coast Center
Gold Coast Center boasts some impressive numbers, including 70 lanes and 1,000 lockers for frequent bowlers. Other areas include an arcade, a bar, and a lounge.
Video slots and cocktails fill Suncoast Bowling's second-floor lounge, which overlooks 64 lanes through glass windows. For additional entertainment, large drop-down screens show music videos, and visitors can spend time in the video arcade and game room.
Early VIP admission to the second-annual Bikini Beer Festival kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino's rooftop pool. VIP guests sip specialty drinks from Cocktail City Vegas in the VIP lounge and can also imbibe in unlimited craft-beer samples from more than a dozen brands, including Big Dog's Brewing Company. Food is available for an additional cost. Partiers are encouraged to come in their swimwear so they can hop in the pool or attempt to get a nighttime tan from nearby building's florescent lights. DJs and local bands, such as indie new-wave act Play for Keeps, will blast tunes until the fest ends at 11 p.m. and will continue to play during the after party featuring DJ Paradice.