Since 1960, bowlers have flocked to Meridian Bowling Lanes’ 24 alleyways, each equipped with automatic scoring. Adding to the joy of knocking over pins, the arcade’s wide variety of games lets visitors hone their manual dexterity without taking up one-handed knitting. In case hunger strikes midgame, the alley’s snack shop serves up pizza, soda, and a full bar’s worth of beer, wine and liquor.
Laser Quest's mazelike, multi-level arena lets up to 30 players weave through the clouded fog with the grace of a skydiving basket-maker—taking cover behind barriers, swooping around corners, and raining beam-bolts down from the upper decks. Players can compete either as friendly teams or as lone wolves. Once they are surrounded by intense crossfire rarely seen outside of stormtrooper raves, players must use strategy, stamina, and well-timed hand-mirror shields to defeat the opposition.
At RedPin Restaurant & Bowling Lounge, servers carry nacho orders over to lanes. Yet, these aren?t your typical pile of stale tortilla chips slathered in lukewarm cheese or Cheeez??the squeezable pouch of dairy that kidz crave?these are pulled-beef nachos, homemade chips covered in ranch-raised chuck that's been slow roasted for hours. These kinds of delicious upgrades typify the venue's upscale bowling experience. The staff waits on players from the moment they're seated at 1 of 10 alleys, delivering their shoes and typing their names into the scoring system. As guests wait their turn, they can switch segments of a 60-foot video wall to broadcast their favorite shows or explore the three lounges spread throughout the game area.
Posh geometric furniture dots the entire space, from circular ottomans to the luminous, spherical pendants of the chandeliers. Embedded fragments of recycled red glass turn the bar top into a mosaic stage for martinis and pins trying to pass as oversize beer bottles. With its scenic views of the Bricktown Canal, a private room, and event dining plans, RedPin also hosts memorable special events for groups of varying sizes.
All meals arrive from the The Basement Modern Diner. Its menu highlights made-from-scratch, modernized renditions of bowling-alley cuisine: panko-parmesan breading surrounds the onion rings, and handmade burgers lead to desserts of ice cream sundaes, floats, and spiked milkshakes.
In 2005, Jason Williams and Ken Faught assembled a team of experienced racers and designers to create the driving experience at Pole Position Raceway. Williams, a motocross racer since 1984, and Faught, a three-time land-speed record holder at the Bonneville Salt Flats, recruited professional drivers Kurt Busch and Jeremy McGrath to help their engineers. They reimagined every detail of the track from the ground up, creating indoor courses that balance the grip of asphalt with the swervy fun of polished, concrete slick tracks. Pole Position?s Formula EK20 Pro Karts rumble over the track powered by 18-horsepower motors (nearly triple that of average gas karts), which reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour without filling the temperature-controlled arenas with fumes.
After the first Pole Position Raceway opened in Corona, California, it soon spawned 14 locations stretching to the Atlantic. Technicians maintain the fleet via handheld computers, and top drivers are regularly sent out to evaluate karts? handling and reading comprehension. During races, up to 12 guests compete in contests that last about 10 minutes.
At Arctic Edge Ice Arena, skaters of all ages learn the principles of figure skating and hockey under the direction of a coaching staff whose collective experience includes training US Figure Skating competitors and contributing choreography to the 2002 Winter Olympics. Between lessons, the arena opens for public skating so guests can practice their technique or etch their self-portraits into the ice. In addition to lessons and open skating, Arctic Edge hosts several youth and adult skating clubs, such as the Oklahoma Curling Club. The facility encompasses a concession stand and arcade, as well as a pro shop that serves both recreational and competitive skaters.
At Star Skate, you might find skaters trailing balloon bouquets or waving glow sticks as they circulate smoothly around the rink. These—along with providing dishes of ice cream, hot dogs, and soda—are a few of the ways the staff helps party guests celebrate birthdays and other events. But whether it’s someone’s birthday or not, guests can always celebrate the joy of frictionless frolicking by outfitting their feet with roller, inline, or speed skates at any of Star Skate’s four locations.