Ever since the first bowling alley opened, players have paid for their chance to roll. But every Friday night from 9?11 p.m., Villa Lanes LLC flips the script. During the alley's "orange pin night," staff hides prize-winning pins throughout its 20 lanes, and any bowler who rolls a strike on sets with the colored pins wins themselves a handful of cash.
Of course, winning some extra dough isn't the only thing that's kept players swarming to Villa Lanes. Neon hues cast their luminescence over the alley during weekend cosmic bowls, while frequent league and tournament games up the competitive ante. In addition to a 105-seat banquet hall, the center cordons off four lanes in a private suite for events such as birthday parties and gatherings of pirates relearning the game with their hook hands. After the final frame, guests can play rounds of skeeball and air hockey in the arcade or nab a table at Molly's Place, which specializes in American and Mexican classics.
A professional basketball player for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Ron Howard founded Game Day Sports Camp with his wife, Reesha, as a way to both build kids’ characters and to prevent them from turning into stone due to sedentary lifestyles. During action-packed days, kids—led by thoroughly vetted, energetic counselors—shoot layups in basketball, practice intricate soccer footwork, and seize their opponents’ flags during games of football. Alternative activities supplement sports with team-building exercises and creative activities such as chalking sidewalks, crafting jewelry by hand, and building puppets. Special weekly events, such as Halloween in July, H20 Day, and Carnival Day, keep each week exciting. Above all, Ron and Reesha’s camp aims to honor life’s intangible victories, imparting in each participant the self-esteem and integrity necessary to handle all life’s challenges, whether dealing with relationships or wrestling an alligator during a gentlemanly duel.
The flowing waters of the Maumee River gird the northernmost fairways of River City Links' 18-hole putting course, inviting misaimed golf balls to plop alongside the aquatic artery?s cargo ships floating to Lake Erie. The waterway nestles alongside the course without cutting through it, enabling the course to maintain its straightforward layout. This, in turn, lets golfers focus on the fundamentals of their game without the distraction of elaborate hazards such as lava pits and ball-eating goats. After a relaxing day on the course, players can lounge on the clubhouse?s white wraparound deck and look out over the river, listening to the breeze that whispers through the weeping willows.
Looking to put a new spin on a classic family activity, the minds behind Glowgolf decided to give the game a phosphorescent update. Incandescent courses place friends and family amid a tropical-fantasy golf world of neon orange, green, and violet surroundings. Players putt luminous orbs through vibrant treasure chests and glimmering windmills while negotiating tricky obstacles near walls portraying black-light-lit aquatic scenes. With more than 20 locations spread over 10 states, Glowgolf's fluorescent labyrinths challenge human players and traveling gnomes.
Pocahontas Swim Club cements social bonds each summer, welcoming guests of all ages to swim, dive, and lounge in its 25-meter, six-lane pool. The family-oriented space prompts its patrons forget the heat as they time their laps or clamber aboard pool toys. To accommodate activities beyond swimming, the club surrounds its aquatic attraction with other amenities, including a shaded wading pool for youngsters, a covered picnic area complete with grill, and a sand-volleyball court. Party-planners can reserve these spaces for private barbecues and birthday get-togethers. While pool visitors practice their strokes, a seasoned staff oversees all amphibious endeavors. Coaches channel their own competitive experience to motivate swim- and dive-team members, and nurturing teachers guide students of all skill levels—from first-timers to athletes whose butterfly stroke hasn't gone completely airborne—during swim lessons. The swim club also gains considerable star power for summer 2012, when 1976 Olympic gold medalist Matt Vogel joins the team to manage the pool and assist the team trainers.
The instructors at ASP Diving train every day of the week so they can bring the most current knowledge to their students. They offer a full menu of courses that range from PADI open-water scuba certification to other specialty certifications such as cave diving, ice diving, and wreck diving. They also service and repair equipment at the shop, or allow customers to peruse a vast line of gear and apparel from brands such as Trident, Dive Rite, and Scuba Pro.