Roller skating often evokes images of ‘50s-era teens clad in poodle skirts and the black-and-white makeup that was customary at the time. But at both freshly renovated Sparkles Family Fun Centers, roller-skating proves itself as a 21st-century pastime by incorporating contemporary technology. From a DJ who spins family-friendly beats at both locations to the laser-tag zone and black lights that set the Gwinnett rink aglow, modern-day touches pervade each space. The arcades are stuffed with extra helpings of bells and whistles; skee-ball and electronically scored basketball compete for attention with racing video games that re-create famous auto duels or the 1954 Drake Relays. At nearby multistory indoor playgrounds, kids get back to physical recreation, scurrying across bridges and whipping down slick slides.
Being a kid can be stressful. Between avoiding cooties, losing your teeth, and renaming all of your action figures, sometimes you just need to burn off some steam. That's where Kids Up comes in.
A sweet escape from childhood tribulations, this indoor kingdom of play is home to bounce inflatables and so much more. Foam-cushioned floors lead to a playhouse with three obstacle-ridden levels that challenge kids to solve fun puzzles before sliding back to the ground, where they'll find an interactive dance floor that lights up with each step. There's even fun to be had for kids 5 and under, who can safely play in a padded arena while their parents take advantage of the playground's free wireless Internet access.