Cousins Dean Del Prete and Paul Sattler started playing paintball for fun in 1986. Noticing a lack of places to play or find equipment, the pair took advantage of this business opportunity and founded Cousins Paintball the following year, creating a one-stop shop for players. They started out with the only paintball field on Long Island, and since then, they have grown to encompass 10 New York locations with scenario and speedball fields. Today, teams equipped with full mask and semiautomatic paint markers wander across their 20- to 80-acre spaces, searching for the opposing team's flag. Eco-friendly paint ensures trees do not suffer lasting damage, and themes such as hide-and-seek and cops and robbers add variety to a full day of games.
Despite its sprawling floor plan measuring 3,000 square feet, Jumpin’ Jeepers still offers unfettered sightlines for parents to keep track of youngsters as they whiz down slides or hoist themselves up the facility's two-story mesh and plastic play structure. Youths develop social skills as they play together, donning whimsical dress-up clothes or crawling through the play structure's maze-like tunnels. Tinier tots can bound about in age-specific areas stocked with scaled-down apparatuses. And guardians relax at the onsite café, which boasts organic snacks and obviously inorganic WiFi.
In the middle of the floor, surrounded by 150 blinking and dinging arcade games, a 24-foot rock-climbing wall stretches to the ceiling. That's how jam-packed Sportime USA is with attractions. As if all those games weren't enough, there's the XD theater—a 4-D virtual ride that combines 3-D movies with specialized motion seats. Neon-lit laser tag continues the tech trend, and bumper cars and roller coasters provide old-fashioned fun. Batting cages, billiards, and a multilevel playground are only a few of the other attractions ready to entertain families and friends of all ages.
With two European-inspired quarter-mile courses, Grand Prix New York's sanctuary for speed captures the thrill of karting in the country's largest indoor race complex. Racers rumble and roar over speedways that change elevation six times, careen cars around 14 turns, and boast a gravitational pull quadruple that of a black hole. Drivers race in championship-caliber Sodi RX7 gasoline-powered karts equipped with race-proven safety-wrap systems and 6.5-horsepower engines that reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Six custom tracks help racers curb repetition, and tyke-friendly Brownstone and Tunnel tracks give mini racers the opportunity to get behind the wheel. Apart from its karting specialty, Grand Prix New York houses a bowling alley, billiards room, arcade, and bounce castle. The onsite restaurant, appropriately named Fuel, serves up a menu of Bar B Que, burgers, sandwiches, burritos, and pizza. Fully enclosed and air-conditioned, Grand Prix New York shelters families from heat waves and summer storms, offering a comfortable arena for healthy competition or proving that six failed driving tests can be a fluke.
LIFE The Place to Be is like a chameleon in the form of a giant 25,000-square-foot building. The space can serve many different purposes: a venue for weddings, the site of Sweet 16 parties, and a fun center with activities for all ages. Aside from the event space—which incorporates amenities such as projection screens and a sound system—the facility houses a rock-climbing wall, four mini AMF bowling alleys, and 3,000 square feet of arcade games.
At The Party Zone USA—a 44,000-square-foot indoor-recreation center that has recently changed hands to a new owner—guests satisfy their need for speed during hours of active play. Youngsters and adults alike accelerate through twists, turns, and vertical drops on a dragon-themed roller coaster or test their mettle on other amusement-park rides. A Lazer Runner arena and an aeroball court let patrons improve their dodging skills, whereas bumper cars give wee ones a chance to bash into their friends and safely practice parallel parking. Kids can also accrue long strings of prize-earning tickets inside the center's huge arcade.
The assortment of activities and live performances makes the entertainment complex an ideal spot for birthday parties and other group events. The new owners are also planning to add a food court with snacks such as Nathan's Famous hot dogs, Hershey's ice cream, and Starbucks coffee.