Running, jumping, and sliding isn't always something that's openly accepted?even encouraged. But at Pump It Up it is. A kid-friendly destination specifically designed to get kids minds and bodies in motion, the entire facility opens its doors to whippersnappers three days a week during open jump, where they can exercise, use their imaginations, and interact with other children. Pump It Up also hosts birthday parties for groups to celebrate while airborne, with themes that range from fierce pirates to cowardly superheroes.
Also known as DJ O'Please, Micheal Eddings has turned the tables for everything from break-dance competitions to car shows to wedding receptions to skating rinks. Though DJ’ing is his specialty, he doesn't limit himself to just the music: he also runs live fantasy-football drafts to get leagues started with a bang.
Robin Hood Lanes attracts a discerning bowling crowd by rolling out a no-frills, classic bowling experience complete with 24 polished wood lanes. Grab rental shoes (a $3 value/pair), pick out a weighted sphere, and come swing a ball at 10 nervous pins, who might consider increasing their life-insurance policies as you take aim for two games (a $3.50 value/game/person until 6 p.m.; a $4.50 value/game/person from 6 p.m. to close). Bumper-bowling lanes are available for gutter opposers, and children 15 and younger can bowl for free all summer long (2 games/day until 6 p.m.; shoe rental not included and online registration required). When famished strikers and sparers need refueling, the on-site Friar Tuck Inn restaurant provides a selection of alleyway fare. Robin Hood Lanes keeps balls rolling until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and midnight every other night of the week, perfect for showing owls how much fun they could be having if they weren't always out hunting for the perfect nest lantern.
Carolina Smoke's pitmasters release bold, succulent taste bursts with a slow-smoked menu of down-home eats. All meats are hand-rubbed and eye-watched, never pre-cloaked in flavor-smothering sauces or frowny-face masks. Sink teeth into the tender beef-brisket sandwich ($10) or delve deep into the flavor furnace with a prime rib ($21). Diners can further slake smoky cravings with a half or full rack of baby-back ribs ($14, $22) or feed famished fingers a gratifying grip of hot wings ($10). The restaurant's policy of allowing eaters to add their own sauce permits patrons to customize flavoring and ink unique impressions on napkin and facial canvases. Behind the eatery's shingled sides and white shutters, dining-room guests can bookend bites with sips of Carolina sweet tea.
Elevated Sportz combines the gravity-defying fun of a trampoline center with the enchantment an indoor playground in one all-encompassing entertainment arena. Inside the two-sectioned play center, bouncers can hurtle into the air and play games of dodgeball and basketball on wall-to-wall trampolines equipped with protective pads. On the other side of the building, a multi-tiered jungle gym with hiding spaces, twisting slides, and ball pits entices younger visitors to expunge pent-up energy or practice stealth maneuvers for upcoming cookie-jar raids. Visitors watching their family and friends defy gravity can relax in the cafe with a sandwich and a smoothie while surfing free WiFi.