Beyond its roaring arcade and indoor amusement park, The Funplex decrees that 8,000 of its 100,000-square-foot kingdom be annexed to the Realm where fantasy game MagiQuest disperses Magis on heroic adventurers through an interactive and spellbinding semivirtual lair. Carefully choose your Magi alias and grab your secret-yielding loaner wand (a $2 value) before embarking on a fantastical adventure filled with distinguished wizards, enchanting pixies, and cunning dragons. Seasoned with mystical spells and motion sensors, wands respond to trees, mountains, and flat screens sprinkled throughout the Realm, sharing clues so Magi can complete honorable tasks or surprise wicked goblins with an unexpected hug. With unlimited play (a $14.95 value), Magis can entreat the hours to swallow them into the transformative wormhole of role-playing bliss.
Two cushy levels of bouncy tubes, slides, obstacles, play structures, and an interactive arcade await sock-footed squirts at Kid Junction's clean and safe indoor jungle, ideal for kids aged one through nine. A fleet of skilled supervisors welcomes parents into a relaxing, vibrant amusement area, where you can accompany your tenderfoot as they propel through the tubes and slides area, packed with see-through panels, netting, webbed areas, and extra-smooth peanut butter. Toddler Town treats youngest ones to a soft sovereign nation-state, exposing them to crawlspaces and fundamental Playskool politics. Three dollars' worth of shiny tokens gives access to the sports-oriented arcade, where each game in the interactive arena has been tailored to boost motor skills, self-confidence, and the likelihood of being signed to the Toronto Raptors while in grade school.
A philosophy expressed by the acronym F.U.N. is to be expected at a childcare center with play-based curricula. Hands-on experiences at Bright Beginnings Childcare Center are designed to "inspire a child's natural curiosity, imagination, and creativity" while fostering social, emotional, and cognitive development. Surrounded by walls painted every color of the rainbow, infants and kids eat healthy snacks, smear paint, play games, and learn.
Play N Trade, an independently owned boutique, stocks a vast arsenal of gear for gamers playing on systems ranging from Atari to PlayStation 3 and seeking gently-used nostalgic classics or the latest pixelated adventure. Players peruse a library of new games ($19.99–$59.99) for consoles such as Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, and Wii, and—with the Try Before You Buy policy—ensure games are more challenging than a race against a chubby child on a pogo stick. In addition to the variety of new titles, Play N Trade also carries retro games and consoles including Atari and Nintendo, as well as rare Japanese imports. Used games ($9.99–$49.99) all undergo a thorough inspection before being added to the Play N Trade collection, and the store upholds a 30-day return policy in the event that a game is defective or fire-flower gardens refuse to grow.
Upgrade the framed family photos that have been hanging in your parents’ home for the past 600 years. With today's Groupon to ADC Photography, $20 gets you an in-studio session (a $150 value) and an 8x10 print (a $65 value), plus 25% off any additional a la carte prints (discount not valid for collections). Now that you aren’t riddled with acne or plagued with a six-year-old’s gummy smile, split the cost with your sibs and surprise your folks with a more up-to-date snapshot just in time for the holidays.In 1978, amateur bat photographer Gregory Hansen was in his front yard one night when a mysterious white orb appeared in the sky over his home. Diverting his attention from a particularly active nest of eptesicus fuscus, he began photographing the orb, which made no attempt to flee or conceal itself. Hansen continued to document the orb as it reappeared over his house, each night shrinking slightly “as though passing slowly into the spirit world,” Hansen observed. On particularly cloudy nights, the orb would not be present, prompting Hansen to speculate that ghosts may be allergic to thunder.
Frank Hesson began his career as a professional golf instructor at the age of 20, fine-tuning the swings of his students in the shadow of the McDowell Mountain Range at the prestigious Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, Arizona. Over the past 17 years, Hesson has worked as an assistant professional at four South Jersey golf clubs before becoming head professional at Renault Winery Resort.
During lessons, Hesson follows a teaching philosophy that simplifies golf skills and tailors each lesson plan to his students needs. Frank focuses on each player's individual playing style and tendencies for passive-aggressive golf-carting to help him or her develop comfortable, dependable swing mechanics. Teaching aides include on-course lessons on an 18-hole course, as well as virtual swing analysis and club recommendations from a virtual caddie.