Named by USA Today as one of the top 10 roller-skating destinations in the country, United Skates of America in Tampa provides indoor family fun with a spacious rink and various skating games. Jam skating combines dancing and gymnastic moves set to Top 40 hits, and skating limbo blends the formerly disparate joys of rollerblading and chiropractic therapy. When fatigued by the rigors of the rink, children can refuel on pizza and soda at the snack bar. Inside the arcade, they enjoy games of air hockey and Ms. Pac Man, which teaches kids the importance of a nutritious diet high in fruit and ghosts.
As an actress, model, and recording artist, Caprice Burrell is no stranger to the spotlight. But it's as a fitness instructor and CEO at Alter Ego Pole Fitness & Wellness Studio where she truly gets to shine. Burrell's positive attitude fosters a supportive, nonjudgmental environment in which women can confidently unleash their inner vixen. In addition to a range of ladies-only pole-dancing lessons, the posh studio hosts ab-toning and Zumba sessions, along with special events and parties where revelers celebrate birthdays, weddings, or pole-welding certifications with sweets and champagne.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center stands firm as a bastion of live entertainment, opening the doors to its two distinct venues for a wide array of productions. Inside Prudential Hall, 2,700 seats fill the multitiered auditorium where ballets, symphony orchestras, and Broadway shows flourish beneath radiant lights and a domed ceiling. Victoria Theater, meanwhile, beckons visitors to its more intimate 500-seat confines for jazz concerts, contemporary dance performances, and monster-truck rallies.
Established in 1909, the Newark Museum gradually expanded from its two-room origins to the bountiful 80 galleries of today, with a campus comprising a one-room schoolhouse, sculpture garden, and planetarium, in addition to the main museum. Traipse through one of the many ongoing exhibits such as The Glitter and The Gold: Jewelry from the Newark Museum, which displays a glinting anthology of jewelry from the early 1700s to the present, including the "Butterfly Lady" brooch from Newark’s historic jewelry industry and a collection of colonial Rolexes. The impressively curated Tibetan Collection brings to life the Himalayan territory through exhibits such as the 15 biographical, narrative paintings of Tsongkhapa–The Life of a Tibetan Visionary, and Pots of Silver and Gold, replete with traditional Tibetan motifs of lotus buds and dragons.
A palatial playscape, Inferno Limits Paintball & Laser Tag spreads its activities across 30,000 square feet. And 7,000 square feet are dedicated to arcade games alone, from classic skee-ball to multiperson racing games. The laser-tag arena is so large that up to 48 players can battle one another in scenarios that change every three months. A versatile space, the paintball field can be adapted for smaller, faster games or more complex ones, and skirmishes can unfold both inside and outside. But the arena's most daring challenge is to avoid Justin Bieber, should he ever stop by again. To refuel gamers, whether they're tuckered out from shooting basketballs, lasers, or paintballs, the caf? doles out pizza, hot dogs, and chicken fingers.
Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center is a kids' paradise. Usually, at least. On most days families and birthday-partiers roll around its large wooden rink and master video games or collect tickets from redemption games in the arcade. But the 18+ crowd also gets the occasional DJ night of its own to break out the combustion-powered grownup skates. In fact, the Center loves to throw themed events that appeal to all ages, ranging from gospel jams to '80s tributes to carnival days. The cafe serves pizza and hot dogs, and for newcomers there are also skating lessons.