Golden Skate's 2,500 sq. ft., state-of-the-art laser-tag arena shows a glimpse of the future. Players can don battle vests and battle against each other with beams of light, as black lights illuminate teams of players as they scour obstacles in search of adversaries. Alternatively, roller skaters glide around the rink and into a bygone era filled with life's simpler pleasures. But despite the name, not everything here is awash in the golden hue of nostalgia. Modern pop music blasts through the rink's speakers, helping skaters maintain their rhythm as they brazenly coast through traffic lights.
Movable walls, luminous rocks, mirrors, ramps, and unexpected dead ends. These are just a few of the obstacles players face at Ultrazone Laser Tag, a two-level, 5,000-square-foot arena that, much like a spring-break DJ’s apartment, is always flooded with black light and fog. Before separating up to 36 players into three teams and setting them loose in the arena, a game master delivers rules and moves teammates to the vesting room, where they grab laser guns and flashing vests. As the beat of pulsing music hammers the arena, players stream into the field, launching beams at opponents and attempting to seize their strongholds. When players are hit they aren't eliminated from the action; a computer keeps a running tally of points throughout the mission and awards champion status to the team with the highest count after the game. The facility also includes an arcade packed with video games as well as air-hockey tables, pinball, and a snack area.
While many go-karts look like miniature versions of Formula racecars, the similarities usually stop there. This isn’t the case at Malibu Raceway. Atop a fully independent wishbone-suspension design, Malibu’s Indy-style Virage rumbles with an 18-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine inspired by its professional, full-sized brethren. Youngsters that didn’t get Playskool’s My First I.D. Forger for Christmas can whiz around the half-mile outdoor track in a 9-horsepower Sprint kart, which keeps little riders safely strapped in with a four-point, race-style harness. Blinking battalions of arcade machines stand guard over a game room underscored by the din of clacking pool balls, and a snack bar sates cravings with corn dogs, cotton candy, and popcorn.
Blanketed in wall-to-wall trampolines, Sky High Sports delights barefoot fun seekers with 45,000 square feet of springy terrain. Guests can hone front flips, backflips, and belly flops during intense free-bounce sessions. Each trampoline comes equipped with a specially designed spring-loaded frame and 2-inch-thick safety pads that grant patrons a landing cushier than a corner office at a marshmallow factory. Pintsize aerialist posses can safely practice their synchronized salchows on 360 degrees of trampoline walls while court supervisors watch from the sidelines and award hard-earned praise with oversize scorecards. Sky High also offers AIRobics fitness classes and monthly dodge-ball tournaments to help jumpers explore the outermost stratospheres of trampoline possibilities.
Inside Tac-Ops Indoor Airsoft's 6,000-square-foot arena, military and urban-warfare missions either succeed or fail. Either you capture the enemy’s flag or their stronghold remains. Either you disarm a deadly bomb or it destructively explodes. Either you snatch the secret documents or the classified details of Elvis’s location fall into the wrong hands.
Tac-Ops outfits each player not just with objective-based missions that call for occasional alliances and full-out battles, but also with the necessary airsoft gear and safety equipment. Once fully strapped, sharpshooters receive their mission orders and unleash themselves on a war zone swarming with jungle foliage and fluttering with red lights. Players test both their mettle and their aim as they plunge behind obstacles and slip between flittering crimson rays. To hasten their field time, each BB hurler can sign Tac-Ops Indoor Airsoft's waiver beforehand.