Laser Quest's mazelike, multi-level arena lets nearly 40 taggers weave through the clouded fog with the grace of a skydiving basket-maker—taking cover behind barriers, swooping around corners, and raining beam-bolts down from the upper decks. Players can compete either as friendly teams or as lone wolves. Once they are surrounded by intense crossfire rarely seen outside of stormtrooper raves, players must use strategy, stamina, and well-timed hand-mirror shields to defeat the opposition.
During BounceU's parties, kids bound through inflatable play structures—and occasionally glow in the dark. At the center's Cosmic bounce parties, the main lights are replaced by special-effects lighting, which coaxes light from glow-in-the-dark accessories. The center's new location, in operation since May 2013, complements its shindigs with open-play sessions and more structured classes, appropriate for kids aged 2 and older.
Competitive and casual merrymakers alike will find Boulder Creek Amusement Park an action-packed spot for mini-golf and regular-sized batting cages. Putting extraordinaires can outmaneuver the obstacles of two Boulder Creek courses: the sport course offers long greens, sand traps, and a more traditional golfing experience, while the adventure course sends ball-tappers past waterfalls and a drawbridge, which they may only cross after playing rock/paper/scissors with an 800-year-old wizard. Stick to the prototypical 18 holes ($7) or putt till sunset by mini golfing for 36 holes ($9). Those who want to practice their power-swing can step inside Boulder Creek’s batting cages ($1.75 per 15 pitches), which test batters with slow and fast pitches. Mountain-challengers can attack the Mt. Boulder 24-foot vertical wall ($4 for two climbs, $5 for three), which serves as suitable practice for conquering your closet’s Mt. Laundry.
Go-karts hug the twists and turns of a 1/4-mile track. Six batting cages hurl baseballs and softballs at speeds between 50 mph and 80 mph. An 18-hole miniature golf course coaxes putted balls down greens ranging from 75- to 185-feet in length. Elsewhere, water balloons fired from a launcher soak opponents stationed at battle zones. For 20 years, Papio Fun Park has enraptured families with abundant outdoor and indoor activities and games.
The indoor facility hosts trampoline-hopping players at Spaceball or Jumpshot, while an arcade brims with quarter-operated air hockey, pool tables, and laundry machines disguised as video games.
In addition to its 32 action-packed lanes, Mockingbird Lanes offers amenities for the entire family, including a newly renovated full-service lounge and snack bar, billiards, a large game room, and bumper lanes to accommodate little ones or the clumsy at heart. Pull yourself up by your bowling shoestraps ($2 rental value) and refine your strike skills during three fun rounds ($2.75–$3.60 per round). Each of the alley's long, lean, and athletic lanes comes with automatic scoring, so disbelieving opponents won't mis-mark your 7-12 split.