Inside the Extreme Grand Prix Indoor Family Fun Center, drivers strap themselves into European-style electric go-karts and zoom around the quarter-mile indoor track at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. A preliminary safety briefing ensures that every racer is familiar with the rules of the track. The venue also has a large arcade, snack bar, bounce houses, kiddie karts, free wifi and 25 big screen televisions to meet the needs of both kids and kids at heart.
At Pink Galleon Billiards and Games, dozens of hot-pink pool tables make up just part of a colorful and enticing backdrop. Beach-themed decor abounds, and life-size airbrushed murals of pirates, mermaids, and nautical displays sprawl out across the walls. Since the first cue ball was hit in 1993, Pink Galleon Billiards and Games has expanded to two locations spread throughout the Saint Louis area. In addition to pool, Pink Galleon blitzes boredom with ping-pong, foosball, unlimited thumb wars, and arcade games. The family-owned business also boasts a menu of finger-friendly eats, ice-cold beers, and mixed drinks, all of which helped its South County location earn the title of Best Neighborhood Bar in South County from the Riverfront Times.
At Battlefield Lanes, the rumbling of rolling balls and clattering of pins fill the air as the alley’s flat-screen televisions keep score. On select nights, glow bowling transforms the facility with psychedelic colors set ablaze with black lights. To fuel orb-flinging arms, the alley’s snack bar dishes up pizza, popcorn, and hot dogs. After a nibble, guests can vary their competitive activities in the arcade room or at the fleet of billiards tables, where circling sharks munch on dropped pool cues.
The day’s biggest sports games unfold on the big-screen TVs at Redbirds Sports Cafe. Clients have the option to play Nintendo Wii in the bar, sinking pool balls into the pockets of 9 pool tables, hitting bull’s-eyes on electronic or classic cork dartboards, and scoring goals in air hockey. To complement the sporty atmosphere, cooks specialize in hearty game-day favorites such as chicken wings served in 1.25-pound batches and party platters full of appetizers like cheddar poppers and mini burritos. An arcade harboring a Nintendo Wii amuses guests while a jukebox projects various rock and dance jams throughout the festive game space.
It?s hard to be everything to everyone, but Bentley SportsPlex gets close: it?s at once a facility for fine arts, tutoring, and an arcade. The family-fun center has bounce houses, a gym, batting cages, and a gymnasium for basketball and dodgeball. Just recently added: a 1200-square foot laser tag arena.
In addition to its family-fun facilities, Bentley SportsPlex aims to be a haven for kids to express themselves. There?s a staff of talented professionals on hand that can provide guitar and bass guitar lessons, painting and craft classes, and tutoring services. There's even a theater branch so youngsters can learn how to accurately convey the pathos of what it?s like to be grounded.
Sharky's Billiards and Grill caters to billiards buffs with a plethora of Brunswick Gold Crown nine-foot pool tables and a menu of delectable eats. Under the ambient lights of the pool hall, players challenge each other to games of 8-ball, 9-ball, and stick-ball, an exciting and totally illegal fusion of billiards and baseball. Stay fresh during your two hours of play with a cheeseburger and fries ($6.50) or a platter of chips and salsa or cheese dip ($2), then knock back a cold bottled or draft beer ($2 for domestic, $3 for premium) to maintain laser-like focus during daring bank shots. Aside from showing off its top-of-the-line pocketed tables and laid-back atmosphere, Sharky's entertains customers with pumping music and karaoke parties.