The recently renovated Landmark Skate and Fun Center offers families a cornucopia of indoor activities inside an air-conditioned entertainment emporium. A skating ring sets the stage for jaw-dropping pirouettes during open-skate sessions and private events. Hands and eyes concentrate their efforts against automated enemies in the arcade area, and a techno-dance area lets feet showcase their rhythmic floor-touching skills. For kids, the play zone boasts a series of super slides and a balloon room, where children can safely bounce around without fear of sailing off into space.
With your arm armed with a wristband, you'll be free to revel in unfettered access to all of Sam's Fun City's rides and special attractions. Start by getting your vroom-vrooms out at Kart City, a lawless land of underage driving whose mayor takes bribes of red Starburst. Children nostalgic for the simple joys of early infancy can take a trip to Yesterville and go for a spin on the Jitter Bug Swinger. For those who'd rather reminisce about the more recent past, bring back the sandwich you ate an hour ago with a ride on the Give Peace-a-Whirl tilt-a-whirl. A round of Hollywood mini-golf gives you 18 opportunities to hone your victory dance's jazz hands and pirouettes, while an indoor play area provides welcome relief from the sun's crushing gravity with two giant inflatables and a three-story play structure.
Housed in a yellow barn, Batter's Box Family Fun Center is a flourishing farm with batting cages and miniature-golf challenges. At the 18-hole, tropical-themed Adventure Island Course, miniature golfers move their tiny feet past putting obstacles that include fountains and the shipwreck of the S.S. Minnow. At the fun center's five batting cages, softballs and baseballs catapult themselves at bat-wielding hitters. Having chosen between softballs and baseballs, batters can pick their cage based on its pitch speed, which ranges from a slow softball arch to a 70-mph fastball. Those looking to host group events or celebrate their birthdays at Batter's Box can rent an upstairs party room where guests mingle and indulge in gourmet cupcakes.
More sweets abound at So-Yo Frozen Yogurt Shop, a haven of self-serve frozen treats that boasts 15 different flavors on a given day. Guests crown crested caps of yogurt with 30-plus toppings before kicking back on a country-style outdoor deck to revel in their custom creation.
Whether painting pottery or fusing together bits of glass, students at Paint'n Parrot leave the studio with a keepsake of their own design. With tons of ceramic pieces to choose from, artists can daub color onto plates, cups, and figurines during pottery-painting sessions tailored for kids or adults. Or they can create the surfaces themselves during fused-glass classes, which enable students to conjoin colorful slabs of glass into decorative dishes and Christmas-tree ornaments.
Hot Wheels Skate Center gives speed aficionados all the room they need to jump, roll, and race around the rink with ease. Once outfitted with a pair of freewheeling skater shoes, head to the gleaming 20,400-square-foot hardwood arena to showcase your award-winning roller-funk routine. Although this Groupon includes regular skate rental ($2), speed skates ($4) and inline hockey skates ($4) are also available, allowing skaters to glide on the foundation of their choosing to the boogey-friendly beats of top 40 tunes. To cool down after a sweaty roller-derby match or calm nerves frazzled by skating against the flow, visit Hot Wheels' snack bar and select from a stockpile of soft drinks, pizza, hot dogs, candy bars, and other stomach-friendly fare. Check out the skating schedule for a list of convenient public skate sessions ($5–$7).
Pump It Up of Mobile specializes in indoor, inflatable arenas for children. During a fun-filled pop-in visit, children can leap around gargantuan air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an air-filled obstacle course. Pump It Up’s giant indoor air arenas are climate-controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by a well-trained staff and unforgiving bouncers. Parents bounce for free during pop-in, so childless adults who want to play will need to borrow a neighbor’s kid or win one by collecting soda tops.