Surrealist murals of outer space—complete with orbiting dolphins and bowling pins—look down from overhead as customers topple pins on the 32 USBC-certified bowling lines inside Planet Fun. This cosmic theme extends throughout the 50,000-square-foot family entertainment center, and kids and adults flock to its many attractions. At the two-story indoor laser tag arena, epic sci-fi battles are fought with focused beams of light amid spirited debates over hypothetical confrontations between the Enterprise and a Star Destroyer. The nine-hole mini-golf course allows guests to immerse themselves in the black-lit glow of the sea, accompanied by sights of giant neon oysters, starfish, and divers. To refute theories that life isn’t all about games, Planet Fun also boasts a redemption arcade stocked with more than 100 titles. After exchanging tickets for prizes, players tackle stomach rumblings at the on-site Starz Grill, which serves up a family-friendly menu of steaks, salads, burgers, chicken, pasta, and all-you-can-eat crab legs.
While in the Mirrormaze USA, you may turn a corner and see a surprise dead end or an infinite reflection of yourself, staring back from all sides. The maze holds thousands of mirrors that bewilder and confuse, and a few funhouse mirrors that transform you into a new you, stretched thin, squished flat, or sporting a cape and hat atop a steed.
Scampering through Lazer FX–Lazer Tag's 7,500-square-foot labyrinth, combatants volley photons in exhilarating 20-minute skirmishes. Laser soldiers don luminescent vests and DayGlo bowties before entering the arena, where a mix of 30-odd friends and foes dodge blasts while darting from refuge to refuge. For groups of four, the battle extends out of the arena and onto the 8,000-square-foot arcade floor. Here, more than 120 games—including pool tables, skee-ball lanes, driving simulators, and air hockey—promote hand-eye coordination more effectively than soccer.
It's natural for kids to engage in creative play, becoming architects, veterinarians, swashbuckling pirates, or tenured professors inside their own imaginations. The Children's Museum of South Carolina just helps them learn while they do it. Perhaps that's why the museum?like the scores of children who visit it?has continued to grow since first opening in 1994. In two decades, the museum as expanded from a small shopping-mall space to a 7,500-square-foot facility packed with interactive exhibits.
In the Sea Turtles Dig the Dark exhibit, kids crawl through a sandy tunnel to see a nest of loggerhead turtle eggs and learn about endangered-species conservation. Meanwhile, the Hurricane Simulator recreates a massive storm's 78-mile-per-hour winds, and the USS Kids-A-Float exhibit explores the parts of a boat and how South Carolina's pirates might have weighed their treasure. The museum also hosts events that range from storytelling to weekly hands-on workshops. Though most of this learning happens on-site, CMSC representatives travel to local schools to lead five-week science camps.
What was once a stately building in the Bermuda Triangle has gone topsy-turvy, thanks to an experiment gone awry from Professor Wonder and his team of brilliant scientists, who were using the mansion as top-secret laboratory. After WonderWorks crash-landed upside-down in Myrtle Beach, the eccentric researchers accepted their fate and kept their experiments up and running. Today, kids and adults who visit the whimsical discovery center can get their hands on more than 100 interactive exhibits, such as a hurricane shack that tests your ability to withstand Category 1 winds, a bubble lab, and a roller-coaster simulator. Before stopping by The Works Eatery for lunch, discoverers tackle an indoor ropes course and challenge one another to games of laser tag (not included with regular admission).
At the start of every game, fog fills Surf's Up Family Fun Center’s multi-level, underwater-themed laser tag arena. It’s one of several obstacles that up to 60 players tackle as they sneak up on opponents and navigate labyrinthine corridors decked out in black-lit murals of aquatic critters.
Laser tag isn’t the only adrenaline-pumping activity to be found inside the 18,000-square foot fun center. Four challenging paths lead climbers to the summit of a 24-foot rock wall equipped with an auto-belay system. Meanwhile, pucks zip across air hockey tables in an arcade with more than 60 games, including Dance Dance Revolution and its classic sequel Rest Rest Revolution. Otherwise, twisting tubes connect the multi-level play structure in a soft play area for younger kids, who can also ride down slides or play rounds of skee-ball.
To refuel hungry guests, an all-you-can-eat buffet serves 10 types of pizza, as well as pastas, salads, desserts, and soft drinks.