The Brier Creek Elementary School PTA connects parents with their children's school, teachers, and administrators; those communities join forces to bring unique learning opportunities and fun events, such as the spring carnival, to the school. The PTA also helps influence important decisions and raises money to make Brier Creek the best possible environment for learning.
The alligator's enormous jaws remain gaping, large white fangs ready to chomp as child after child voluntarily scampers down its gullet. It's not feeding day at the zoo—it’s a day of bouncing and exercise at Bumper Jumpers’ 14,000-square-foot indoor playground packed with mammoth inflatables and games. Loping across the padded, multicolored floor, kids bound in a giant purple inflatable to play basketball or punt footballs through air-filled field-goal poles. Big yellow slides beckon tots before they frolic through inflated landscapes of orange dinosaurs, oversize mushrooms, and jump-roping imaginary friends.
After working up an appetite, kids can gnaw on healthy treats at the refreshments area before slipping into inflatable sumo suits or tossing balls at the mini bowling game. Bumpers Jumpers offers weekly programs so parents can drop kids off for three hours of play while they go about their day, and party packages help parents to organize memorable birthdays.
Bumper Jumpers keeps kids safe by closely monitoring them with both an attentive staff and an electronic surveillance system. Additionally, regular cleaning of purple sea serpents and twisty obstacle courses with Purell sanitizer keeps the venue free of 99% of germs.
Last year's mazes celebrated the bygone era of majestic railroads, whereas this year, the designers at Hubb's Corn Maze are reaching even farther back into the past for inspiration. Shaped like a pair of fearsome dinosaurs, the 2013 edition of the farm's four mazes sends guests roaming through paths spread throughout 10+ acres. Though the design is new, the fun remains the same as years past; after sharpening their navigational skills in a pair of shorter mazes, guests and adult-accompanied kids can search for 12 checkpoints in two mazes that stretch more than 2 miles. During each trek, roaming staff ensure that nobody gets lost or elopes with scarecrows. All paid participants can register for prizes.
Upon mastering the mazes, youngsters can ascend a tire mountain, explore a wooden play structure, race down slides, and craft sculptures in the sandbox. Concession stands energize guests with water, popcorn, candy, and Hubb's Hot Doughnuts, and, when scheduled, live acts such as magicians and bands entice crowds.
Motor skills and movement come disguised as playtime inside of Playtopia, an "edutainment" center with indoor playgrounds and other kinetic activities. Wee ones can climb rung ladders, barrel down tube slides, swing from the monkey bars, and let out energy in the bounce house. For a more relaxed activity, the glow-putt course features nine holes that glow in the dark and pit players against motorized obstacles. Playtopia also features a playground for toddlers aged 1–3, an arcade with more than 25 games, and a viewing area for parents.
At BounceU, tots descend upon an inflatable, climate-controlled playground in which they can bounce and ricochet in a safe, secure environment. Regular Open Bounce sessions set kids loose upon a plethora of mammoth inflatables that spark imaginations with their bright reds, purples, blues, and yellows, while private bounce rooms are also available. Whether bounding about in the Batman bounce house, slipping down air-filled slides, or navigating obstacle courses, children discover fun ways to burn off extra energy while building motor skills.
With a plush playground, games, pizza, cake, and a private-party room, the center also makes an ideal venue for birthday parties and special events. Nurturing minds and creativity equally, BounceU also invites kids to camps such as robot creation and programming camps and Create and Bounce, where they divide their time between physical activities and crafting art projects.
In Paintsburgh City, warriors use a rundown embassy and unoccupied police station for cover as they dodge opposing armies. Friendships have been put aside for the day as teams stealthily move about the 20,000-square-foot ghost town, aiming their CO2-powered paintball guns to hit targets and score bragging rights. The elaborate city is one of several scenario fields that make Xtreme Kombat's paintball and training facility a draw for both recreational players and professional law-enforcement and military personnel seeking challenging training environs. In addition to Paintsburgh's watchtowers and wrecked vehicles, the other themed fields—with names like Fort Massacre and Death Valley POW Hills—combine imaginative storylines with wooded landscapes, obstacles, and freelancing ghosts. The complex's fields are also illuminated for after-dark play.