Lazer X FW is a haven of laser-guided fun and arcade amusement. A labyrinthine arena holds up to 40 laser taggers as battle rages over four tiers. Ultraviolet and strobe lights illuminate the billows of fog that obscure skeletons and aliens. Their newest game, Lazermaze, tests the agility of its participants through a room fraught with security beams and cowlick-fixing moms. The cavernous facility also contains an arcade stocked with Dance Dance Revolution and other joystick-based amusements.
Back Nine Family Fun Center condenses fun into the small, dimpled orbs of golf balls. At its driving range, clubs propel these balls as players hone each aspect of their swing. A nearby mini-golf course offers opportunities for good-natured family competition and successful confrontations with a windmill, and a pro shop stocks used clubs.
Apocalypse Games has carved its 37-acre site into four different fields to test the marksmanship and dodgemanship of paintballers in a variety of game types. On the speedball field, teams of three to five paint pugilists take to the air-ball fields for quick five-minute bouts of target practice. The large woods field offers plenty of bunkers for repelling flag capture attempts. In the swamp, however, paint-privates will search in vain for any underbrush to save them from oncoming paint orbs and paint-bear attacks. Perched on top of Bunker Hill, a large castle provides ample fortifications for the defending team to protect itself against the advancing enemy, who have 20 minutes to take the fortress. A ref is always around to make sure players aren't lying about their multicolored badges of courage or mother's maiden names. Call ahead to check availability.
The roar of rushing of water echoes through the towering walls of Splash Bay Water Park, where slides, rivers, and pools stretch across a 35,000-square-foot indoor facility. Kiddie pools ripple with whippersnappers clambering upon play structures and tumbling off giant lily pads, and inner tubes careen down a lazy river. After snaking and weaving riders across the rafters, three lofty slides fire their passengers out into pools below, and adults can lounge under a warm waterfall pouring into the giant hot tub.
Red Cross–certified lifeguards survey the scene all the while, quick to blow whistles at horseplay or beluga whales that have snuck through the hot-tub jets. On the upper deck, a snack bar peddles snacks and drinks, and arcade games glimmer, hum, and dole out prizes. Dried off guests can take advantage of the park's onsite hotel, complete with family suites and a restaurant.
"This is the coolest thing I've ever seen!" Whenever proprietor Laura Knipfer hears kids say things like this about Sky Zone Columbus, it makes her heart soar. It’s the same feeling she remembers having the first time she visited a Sky Zone franchise. The moment happened when she and her family gave another location of the indoor trampoline park a try while on vacation in St. Louis. That afternoon, each person emerged drenched in sweat and beaming with smiles. On the heels of those enjoyable moments, she knew she had to open her own location near home, an endeavor that has also earned accolades from Columbus Parent magazine.Both flat and angled trampolines cover approximately 10,000 square feet of the cavernous space, all catapulting kids and grownups under the watchful eye of safety monitors. In the main arena, jumpers freestyle on 33 trampolines, doing flips, belly flops, or directing traffic. A smaller court hosts players launching soft balls at each other during dodge-ball games and a pit of foam cushions cannonball dives. Non-jumpers can watch the action safely from platforms at the entrance to the arena or benches scattered throughout the facility. A concession stand restores nutrients spent jumping with pizza by the slice from Jet's, warm pretzels, and Clif bars, which can also be burned off in trampoline fitness classes and birthday parties at the facility.