After strapping into classic quad-roller skates, families and friends glide onto the maple hardwood rink to trundle and attempt new moves. While one of the main attractions, skating isn't the only healthy way to burn energy at Starlite Family Fun Center. There's also the multi-level soft playground where kids run, jump, slide, and swing. In the laser tag arena, teams fire photons at each other while slinking through fog and neon lights. In between heart-pumping action, visitors can head to the arcade replete with more than 30 games.
A full-service cafe with pizza and burgers makes the space an ideal party spot. Their Star Wars Adventure Party includes 3D laser tag battles against Darth Vader. It also features pizza, soda, and light sabers for each guest. The center also accommodates youth sports teams as well as businesses for festive celebrations.
Top 40 hits blast from speakers on the walls at Starlite Skating Center, sending skaters bouncing to the beat as they glide across the rink. Though the music is modern, the roller rink itself is a throwback: it's made of genuine hardwood maple, like the ones that were so popular in the 1960s. Zooming on top of it is as easy as picking up a pair of rental skates?but for those who?ve never traveled on eight wheels, the centers offer skating lessons, teaching students skills from basic balancing to skating while you're in a handstand.
The centers entertain families off the rink, as well. Players can test their skills on 50 arcade games, while littler children jump and swing in the padded playgrounds. The Sharpsburg location also has a laser tag arena, where siblings and friends square off in space-age shooting matches.
At Rockbridge Adventures, wholesome doses of exercise lurk secretly beneath layers of amusement as adult kids and actual kids climb, slide, and soar across a collection of indoor attractions. Openly defiant against gravity, bungee trampolines send jumpers flipping through the air 20 feet above the ground. Climbers race up a 24-foot rock wall, and in the padded battlezone, siblings joust for power or, more importantly, the front seat on the ride home. Healthy huffs and puffs continue in the Xbox Theater as well, where a large screen dances with Kinect games that constantly keep minds and feet moving, like a spelling bee held on a bed of hot coals. The facility invites all visitors 4 and older to open-play sessions, and also hosts dodgeball tournaments, team-building events, and birthday parties.
At GL Dance Fitness, working out is often a form of cross-cultural exchange. As Latin-inspired music from around the globe reverberates in the studio, instructors lead students through high-energy dance moves that draw inspiration from salsa, belly dancing, and merengue. Specialty classes tweak the formula, slowing things down a bit during Zumba Gold, adding a strength-building element with small weights during Zumba Toning, and introducing students to man’s first best friend—the chair—during Zumba Sentao. Kids also get their groove on during six-week Zumbatomic sessions that utilize tot-appropriate beats to boost metabolisms and encourage the confidence necessary to excel on math tests and beat back bullies with nothing more than a perfectly executed musical number.
Kate Saville Hawkins opened Poshin Paint to provide a space where people of all artistic abilities can socialize while tapping into their creativity. It's all about discovering new talents and nurturing self-expression. The studio hosts canvas-painting classes for adults and painting parties for kids. The team of artists is also mobile—they can bring easels, paints, tables, starry nights, and other essential supplies to customers' homes for private parties. Kids' parties can include decor and cupcakes.
An official training center for the United States Polo Association, the Polobear Polo Club will teach the basics of the game to interested riders of any skill level. Each experienced instructor will demonstrate how to safely hold and swing the mallet, basic riding techniques, and rudimentary rules and strategy (rule one: no centaurs). Next, each student will be introduced to one of Polobear's training horses. After bonding with the animal (ideally while building a deck together), you'll take to the facility's large, grassy polo field and test out your polo-tential. Classes take place in groups of six or fewer so that all students receive detailed one-on-one guidance. Call to schedule your lesson.