Glowing monkeys scamper toward a neon waterfall, and a knight bearing a radiant yellow lance rides past a bright orange octopus emerging from the ocean. What appears to be a time-traveling session gone awry is really the evolving environment within Putting Edge’s indoor black-lit mini-golf course, which whisks players to deep seas, Aztec jungles, and medieval times. Since opening its original location in Canada, Putting Edge has now expanded to 16 North American locations, all of which invite guests onto its challenging 18-hole courses to seek victory over opponents and the forces that keep their teeth from not glowing as brightly as they could. Elsewhere, the facility houses private party rooms, concessions, and an arcade filled with gamer favorites such as air hockey.
Glowing wall sconces glint off burnished-wood furnishings at Skores Sports Bar and Grill, where textured yellow walls hoist up 19 plasma TVs. Cheering sections perched atop bar stools can hurl hoots and hollers at the NFL and UFC athletes who grace these screens as bartenders pour craft suds from the likes of Goose Island, and as chefs conjure upscale bar fare from secret recipes and homemade ingredients. With grumbling stomachs silenced, diners can swivel hips to the toe-tapping tuneage of a DJ, live band, or internet jukebox, or hone their hustling skills on any number of dart boards or touchscreen games. Those glued to the TV or their child's science project can take advantage of Skores’ delivery services, which ferry food to patrons as late as 2 a.m.
Beneath a tangle of ivy and vines, a giant python slithers past a giraffe and his rhinoceros chum. As youngsters rush toward the clutter of creatures, what sounds like a scene from the jungle transforms into a day of indoor amusement at Go Bananas. In addition to the miniature python-themed roller coaster and a train ride circling the giraffe and rhino, tykes defy gravity in the bounce castle, collide into other bumper car drivers, and calculate friction coefficients while pummeling down the slide. After scaling the multilevel climbing structure and navigating its tunnels and tubes, kids can return to terra firma to dispense tokens into the arcade's abundant machines, which include classics such as Centipede, skee-ball, and air hockey, and newer games such as Big Bass Wheel and Deal or no Deal.
At the snack bar below a mock thatched roof, staffers reenergize guests with treats such as pizza and Hershey's ice cream before they revisit rides with their parents, who can ride along for free.