European Formula EK20 karts whiz by on Pole Position Raceway’s quarter-mile track, cruising at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Spectators crank their heads to keep up. There’s no wind to battle against, no sun blinding the drivers’ eyes, and no birds rigging the race by dropping smoke bombs because all of Pole Position Raceway’s competitions happen inside. This is thanks to a fleet of electric-powered karts, which accelerate more quickly and hug curves more smoothly than gas-powered karts without dumping out clouds of exhaust.
To sate speed cravings, drivers simply arrive and drive—show up and nab one of 13 spots in the next race. Then with a DOT-approved racing helmet, they push the pedal to the floor for roughly 10 minutes, drafting their opponents to fly past them near the finish line. At the end of each race, drivers receive a SpeedSheet that displays their race results, fastest lap time, and the likelihood of getting their own action-movie franchise. For those seeking to dive deep into the world of racing, Pole Position Raceway offers driving clinics and youth racing camps, where younger racers pilot EK10 karts that peak at 20 mph.
Recognized as the Best Family Attraction by Best of Vegas in 2010, Sky Zone fuses fun and fitness into one atmospheric package for guests of all ages, sizes, and skill levels. Inside the facility's 3-D-walled playing fields, jumpers bound and ricochet across angled trampolines that transform traditional games such as dodge ball and long division into challenging new tests of aerial prowess. Additionally, SkyRobics fitness classes add a new dimension to exercise routines, and the Foam Zone lets guests cannonball into a plushy pit of foam boxes to experience what it would be like inside one of the moon's many FedEx locations.
Not content with the disappointing, dizzying carnival coasters of their youth, the Sahara entertainmentologists and the NASCAR speed shamans formed a holy alliance to create Speed–The Ride, a coaster that races along 1,364 feet of track. Your adventures in the Speedpocolypse begin when you are catapulted by a burst of electromagnetic energy, only to be plummeted 25 feet below the earth's surface through a misty sewer labyrinth. Because the only thing more attractive to speed addicts than riding a NASCAR-approved machine is riding that speed demon through a busy casino, passengers will hit up to 70 mph as they speed through the nearly 200-foot Sahara marquee. Utterly relentless, the ride's cheek-smashing climax features a stunning twist ending where you'll stop 224 feet in the air only to realize the whole ride is starting again in reverse, like favorite palindromes such as mom , racecar, and Drew Barrymore.
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
With whirling colorful lights and a top-40 playlist, Roller Kingdom could give visitors the illusion that they're in a nightclub. But instead of dancing on the floor, guests strap on rollerblades or roller skates to glide across it. Novice skaters can improve their form during lessons or trade in their skates for laser-tag equipment and duel it out with friends in order to win prize tickets and the right to wear a homemade laser-tag championship belt made out of tinfoil. Outside the rink and laser-tag den, guests can play arcade games or belt out their favorite songs on the karaoke stage.
Located inside of the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Atlantis Family Fun Center is stocked to the gills with games and entertainment suitable for players of all ages. Games such as Fruit Ninja, Super Bikes 2, and Big Bass Wheel come to life with vivid graphics and sound effects, and air hockey tables invite twosomes to pick up a mallet and battle for placement of a floating puck. The center also features classic arcade games such as Galaga and Ms. Pacman, which imbue thumb-twiddling fun with a vintage retro aesthetic.