Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $7.98 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $3.69 value).
Since 1965, bowling buffs have decimated the pins at West County Lanes. Slip into a pair of piebald loafers ($2.75 for a rental) and practice perfect follow-throughs as you hurl sporty spheroids down any of the 24 lanes ($3.25 per person each game, $3.75 weekends and holidays; $15 per lane each hour, $18 weekends and holidays). Powered by a savvy system, hanging monitors display scores as well as embarrassing childhood photos of any player who rolls a gutter ball. On Fridays from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturdays after 10 p.m., the futuristic lights and glow-in-the-dark lanes of cosmic bowling ($19 per lane each hour) comfort homesick time-travelers trapped in the ancient present.
Each expert equestrian at Pemberley schools riders ages 6 and up on the essentials of good horsemanship and welcomes them to pick his or her brain of its abounding horse knowledge. The first horseback-riding lesson will be a one-hour evaluation that surveys guests on their previous riding experiences to be paired with the appropriate horse and trainer ($60). The next two lessons are 30-minute, horse-handling sessions ($55 each), in which riders will learn how to entice graceful gallops out of their faithful steeds, properly tack their four-legged partners, and sleep standing up.
When the summer heat is too much to handle, the Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center becomes an outdoor oasis of cool water and play. Surge down three water slides, practice your backstroke in the competition pool, or let the currents carry you as you float down the lazy river. The center also houses changing areas, showers, lockers, and a sunny deck. In the aquaplay unit, a massive bucket dumps a waterfall on frolicking groups below and a shallow pool tricks little kids into thinking they're in an endless puddle.
Open year-round, Kirkwood Ice Skating Rink plays host to public skating sessions, lessons, and hockey games for fledgling wintertime athletes. The rink bathes in natural light, which pours through translucent panels to illuminate and spotlight skaters as they make their elliptical loops. Just beyond the rink's edge, a concession area serves hot eats worthy of consumption in the adjacent, fireplace-equipped warming area. A jam-packed monthly schedule details one-and-a-half and two-hour public skating sessions seven days a week, allowing skaters to get their icy fix regardless of conflicting guitar lessons or power lunches with dapper climatologists.