Fun Station USA fills its indoor space with the scaled-down amenities of an amusement park, such as mechanical rides, a multileveled maze, and a large concession stand stocked with carnival cuisine. At all hours of operation, the air buzzes with excitement?a byproduct of jingle-jangling machines, flashing lights, and splashes of color at every corner. After acquiring tickets from myriad arcade games that include skee-ball and air-cannon shooting galleries, revelers head to the redemption counter to exchange their winnings for prizes and foreign currency.
Slides, climbing structures, and three inflatable jumpers and obstacle courses outfit Wood Kingdom's 5,000-square-foot indoor playground, while a separate snack area and private birthday room quarantine feasting children from frolicking ones. Elsewhere, knowledgeable staffers in the family-operated business' indoor and outdoor showrooms walk patrons through an extensive stock of home-playground equipment and outdoor furnishings, including trampolines with safety enclosures, basketball hoops, and gazebos. Wood Kingdom personnel subsequently delivers, installs, and maintains each piece of equipment, ensuring that sheds continue to reject move-in offers from portals to the underworld and swing sets are properly assembled.
Alfie?Adventureland Amusement Park's resident mascot and caped crusader?must have some good genes. The superhero hasn't aged much over the decades, even though the rest of the park has changed considerably since its opening day in 1962. Alfie now welcomes guests into a park with more than 30 nostalgic and new attractions. Among them, a giant pirate ship swings like a pendulum, the Hurricane Coaster flies through a 180-degree turn, and the ferris wheel lifts passengers up and around in cars shaped like hot air balloons. Adventure Falls adds water to the mix, sending boats down a steep flume and drenching riders so they don't have to sit in the water fountain to feel refreshed.
Games of skill, an onsite arcade, and a sit-down restaurant complement the thrills, as does occasional live entertainment. The fun continues well into the evening, when the park lights up like a giant Christmas tree. The spectacle is for more than just show?in recent years, Adventureland has resolved to go green, and has added more than 50,000 LED lights as well as solar panels to help power the maintenance facility.
The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
Kids hearts start racing as soon as they see Kids 'N Action's murals, which depict cartoon friends cruising on a railroad and careening around a racetrack. At this indoor playground, wee ones bring those scenes to life. They hop on a train that meanders around the soft-play structure, where kids scramble through tunnels and zip down slides on four different levels. The go-karts on the track zoom at safe speeds, and toddlers play in their own designated section. An onsite arcade hosts games that aren't peppered with violence or breaking-news interruptions, while the sustenance prepared at the cafe is kept strictly kosher.
Pump It Up's two indoor inflatable arenas bounce socked striplings high off the ground with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Trained, amiable staffers supervise fun-filled visits where parents can leap around with their kids through gargantuan, air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an air-filled obstacle course. Attendees can also focus their free play for special events, such as custom birthday parties and themed, private team parties. These themed soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. Both giant arenas are climate controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by the well-trained staff and local police. Supplementing its thorough rule enforcement with expert installation and anchoring, Pump It Up holds itself to strict safety standards.