Painted Earth makes it simple for amateur artisans and ceramic virtuosos to produce colorful pottery pieces using a variety of stencils, stamps, and patterns. Start by choosing your desired vessel from a vast selection of more than 500 ceramic pieces ($6–$70), including coffee mugs ($10–$17), dinner plates ($14–$20), and miniature figurines ($8–$30) to festoon with the likeness of a pet or distant relative. Pick a design from the store's volumes of idea books, select from more than 100 colors, and then create a design for an earthenware masterpiece. For artists suffering from painter's block, Painted Earth hosts an online inspiration gallery, and friendly staff members stand ready to assist with the pigmenting process. Glazing, firing, and vibrantly hued paints are included in the flat studio fee ($6 per person per visit), and polished objects are ready one week later.
RIley's Farm recreates the convivial, rustic atmosphere of an 18th century public house, serving up freshly baked bread, Scottish beef pies, and cider-baked ham alongside mugs of ale and glasses of wine. In the nearby orchards and berry fields, visitors can pick their own bushels of apples, pears, and strawberries, and a schedule of living-history reenactments sends audiences deep into America's past to witness scenes from the Revolutionary War and Gold Rush.
Fiesta Village provides fun-seeking families with a multifaceted recreational destination. Unlike 100-yard dashes, the winding Fiesta Raceway gives lead-footed youngsters the chance to put their metallic extremities to good use, and a pair of mini-golf courses provides an all-you-can-putt birdie buffet. Head for the roller rink for a leisurely leg cruise, or hit the ride park for attractions such as the tilt-a-whirl, Bogey's Bounce House, and Slugger's Super Slide, which shows kids that gravity does more than just keep us from bumping into clouds. A 2,400-square-foot laser tag arena allows children to wield future weapons with mock-deadly cunning. Fiesta Village offers a concentrated dose of entertainment that surpasses the diluted offerings of much bigger recreational municipalities, such as Funky Towns and Paradise Cities.
At first glance, the area looks abandoned. A trickling creek makes the only noise, carving past the trees and empty buildings that fill an ancient tribal village. But the airsoft player isn't fooled. He knows his opponent is out there somewhere, lurking behind a tree-trunk or camouflaged within some tall grass. It doesn't take long for a small, plastic BB to come whizzing over his right shoulder. The competition is on.
Setting is everything at Jericho Airsoft Park. Its four themed airsoft fields—including the Recon Ruins field described above—transport players into combat trenches, military bases, and uninhabited jungles. The outdoor terrain sets the stage for games of close-quarter, simulation combat. Friendly battles unfold amid the bunkers of the military-themed Firebase and within the twisted tunnels of the Trenches field, the park's largest competition area. But despite their appearance, these outdoor areas are not ungoverned wastelands. All players must wear safety gear and adhere to a strict set of rules, including calling every hit and giving nearby opponents the opportunity to surrender.
Occasionally, the rumbling sounds of authentic military vehicles also fill the park, and they take players from field to field. Other special events occur throughout the year. On Halloween, for example, the cries of the undead spill over bunkers and hilltops as players battle zombies, who everyone knows can only be defeated by tiny, plastic orbs.
Twenty-eight state-of-the-art lanes, a large sports bar, and a huge arcade. At Trevi Entertainment Center, families and friends discover plenty of activities to wile away the hours. A great spot for parties, the center also boasts two private bowling rooms and banquet halls.
In 2005, Jason Williams and Ken Faught assembled a team of experienced racers and designers to create the driving experience at Pole Position Raceway. Williams, a motocross racer since 1984, and Faught, a three-time land-speed record holder at the Bonneville Salt Flats, recruited professional drivers Kurt Busch and Jeremy McGrath to help their engineers. They reimagined every detail of the track from the ground up, creating indoor courses that balance the grip of asphalt with the swervy fun of polished, concrete slick tracks. Pole Position’s Formula EK20 Pro Karts rumble over the track powered by 18-horsepower motors (nearly triple that of average gas karts), which reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour without filling the temperature-controlled arenas with fumes.
After the first Pole Position Raceway opened in Corona, California, it soon spawned 14 locations stretching to the Atlantic. Technicians maintain the fleet via handheld computers, and top drivers are regularly sent out to evaluate karts’ handling and reading comprehension. During races, up to 12 guests compete in contests that last about 10 minutes.