Bouncing Off The Walls is the perfect place for kids to do just that. The interactive entertainment center is home to several play areas where little ones can climb, tumble, slide, and bounce around during open-play sessions. Each child's admission also includes entry for two adults and unlimited imaginary friends, as well as access to Mommy & Me classes with story-time yoga or crafts. In addition to open play, parents can reserve private parties with optional add-ons such as balloon artists and cupcake decorating.
When John A. Roebling immigrated to America from his native Prussia in the 1830s, he had no idea that he would forever change the face of his adopted country's architecture and economy. After developing a special type of twisted-wire rope for hauling canal boats, the Roebling business boomed with the dawn of the suspension bridge, its cables gracing such monuments as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. During the company's heyday under the management of John Roebling's children and grandchildren, it served as a vital centerpiece of the Trenton region's industry, employing more than 8,000 workers at four factories at its peak.
Though the works shuttered in 1974, an extensive cleanup and restoration of the Roebling Mill site gives visitors a glimpse into the past, showing what life was like for thousands of men and women who worked in the steel mills and labored on the factory grounds. Patrons marvel not only at meticulously preserved industrial artifacts such as photographs, wire ropes, and machine parts, but also remnants of everyday life in the nearby company town. Walking and trolley tours take families and tourists through picturesque views of the early 20th century, while trips to the archives allow researchers to comb through a wealth of primary sources.
In 1969, aficionados from six midwestern states formed the Midwest UFO Network?MUFON for short?to improve and organize their growing reports of UFO sightings. Now known as the Mutual UFO Network, MUFON's more than 3,000 members have formed chapters throughout the United States and various countries around the globe.
More than 900 of those members are trained field investigators who interview UFO witnesses and compose written accounts of sightings. Some of those findings, as well as the latest research findings, are showcased at MUFON's annual International UFO Symposium, which rotates through the United States and is sometimes held on Earth's second moon. MUFON runs similar events throughout the year, and prints more info about sightings and UFO science in its monthly journal.
Sesame Place, the nation's only theme park based on the award-winning Sesame Street, combines the spirit of the show with thrilling rides, cool water slides, and eye-catching shows. And of course, people get to hang out with their favorite furry friends?whether they're Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, and Elmo or newer additions, such as Abby Cadabby, Murray, and Honker and Dinger.
Patrons can pose for pictures in a life-size re-creation of the TV show?s classic set, soar above the park in the twirling Elmo's Cloud Chaser ride, or head to Cookie's Monster Land. This colorful area of the park, which opened in 2014, contains five rides, a three-story net climb, and a soft play area.
The adventure park also offers seasonal concerts and events included with park admission. For one such event which runs from September 20th through October 26th, The Count?s Halloween Spooktacular, kids don their favorite costumes and watch three Halloween shows, explore themed mazes, and climb atop the Sesame Street character hayride for some not-too-spooky Halloween fun. The Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade features everyone's favorite Sesame Street friends dressed up in costume.
Inflated structures, slides, and games fill the climate-controlled environs of the numerous BounceU locations that speckle the nation. At each site, staff members closely monitor all activities as little ones traverse obstacle courses or pull on oversized inflatable boxing gloves. The crew also invites parents to join in on the fun, letting them bounce alongside their kids or make sweeping edicts from atop a bouncy-castle throne. After dark, BounceU offers up an experience designed for tweens and teens with cosmic open bounce sessions that feature music, lighting, and glow-in-the-dark accessories. In addition to open sessions, the indoor-play haven sets the stage for the Preschool Playdate program. Special events include family-bounce night, which lets parents join in the bouncing or relax in the party room and do grownup things, such as eat marshmallows with a knife and fork.
There are many times when hilarity hides and withdraws, but with today’s side deal, it ensues. For $15, you get a ticket to the preview showing of The Foreigner on Tuesday, January 26, or Wednesday, January 27, at the Bristol Riverside Theatre (a $29 value for a regularly priced ticket; student tickets are $10 with a valid ID). Called “a hilarious farce, full of loopy jokes” by the New York Times, The Foreigner has also received glowing critical acclaim from the Village Voice, among others.