Dart Zone's indoor and outdoor arenas hold sweeping tag battles carried out with Nerf blasters and darts??a safe alternative to airsoft or paintball. Inside, an industrial labyrinth of orange and yellow barriers and partitions serve as bunkers and trenches against foam darts. The barriers are riddled with peepholes to allow stealthy shooting and treasonous thumbs-up signals. Since the arsenal of revolver-style blasters on hand fires foam ammunition, games can bruise only egos, not bodies, and clear goggles provided at the facility protect eyes. In warmer weather, battles shift outside onto tactical grass fields under the sun's capricious supervision.
Gandolfo's slices up fresh meats daily and flings more than 70 different sandwiches out the window of a yellow cab in true NYC style. Carryout or dine-in on specialties such as the piping-hot Mama Leone ($5.69 for half order, $8.89 for whole order) and the meatlessly delicious Madison Square Garden ($4.49/$7.69), or punch your stamp-licker with a Knuckle sandwich ($8.89)—hot pastrami on sourdough with cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, lettuce, tomatoes, marinated mushrooms, olives, mayo, and butter. See the menu for the exhaustive list of bread-bordered options.
Chef Dean Fuller serves up locally inspired breakfasts, lunches, and dinners within Riverside Grill's calming confines of soft lighting and comfortable seating. Morning munchers can contemplate the eternal conundrum of sweet vs. savory by sharing their Mediterranean scramble ($8.50) and french toast stuffed with huckleberry cream cheese ($6.99) with one another. Fast-breaking breakfasters and owners of defective alarm clocks, meanwhile, can swim a few brisk laps through the breakfast buffet ($9.99) or grab an egg sandwich ($7.50) as they Benny Hill it out the door. Lunch's lineup of sandwiches, salads, and soups will give office workers a much-needed energy boost after sitting through a long PowerPoint presentation on how to make compelling PowerPoint presentations. For dinner, get adventurous with the Basque shepherd's purse ($18.99), which, despite the name, is a locally inspired dish of lamb and chorizo sausage baked into a puff pastry with peppers, caramelized onions, and pepper-jack cheese. Committed carnivores will revel in Riverside Grill's 16 oz. rib eye ($28.99); like all its steaky brethren on the menu, the rib eye is made of Northwest-raised, grain-fed beef from a family-owned ranch. Finally, defuse your sweet tooth mere seconds before it detonates with one of Chef Dean's house-made desserts.
A balloon pops. In its place sits a white dove. The magician carefully retrieves the bird and places it inside a metal cage, which he covers with a black cloth. The audience holds its collective breath. Suddenly, the magician tosses the cloth into the air revealing that the cage has completely vanished, and there's not a teleportation machine in sight.
Brad Hatcher, a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, executes effects like this one during his family- and kid-friendly magic shows. In addition to regular magic shows, Mr. Hatcher also performs themed shows such as "Reading is Magic" and "The No-Bully Zone."
Thick, iced slices of cake are an essential part of birthdays, holidays, and other special events, yet some people must sit out the festivities due to allergies and intolerances. The bakers at D'Arcey's Catering, Bakeshoppe and Nutrition Services help hosts include all guests thanks to an on-staff dietician and designated gluten-free kitchen able to accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions. Using local ingredients, the bakers craft flaky pies filled with fruit and cream interiors, tiered cakes with several varieties of gooey fillings, and cupcakes with flavors more avant-garde than John Cage’s pantry. Alongside their baked goods, chefs craft a full menu of catering dishes that can serve as a prelude to their custom desserts.
Featured on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2011, Bouncin Bins sells and rents colorful inflatable bouncers of every ilk, from giant slides to obstacle courses. An online catalogue helps party planners select and rent a range of high-grade vinyl inflatables for their celebrations. In addition to themed bounce houses, it also offers dunk tanks, water slides, and interactive inflatable games, such as boxing rings, bungee runs, and oversized sumo suits for wrestling or forcing people to respect your personal space on the train.