"You're up." At more than 200 AMF Bowling locations across the U.S., that message is passed between friends as they heft a ball, step to the line, and take aim. Now synonymous with bowling, the AMF Bowling Co. was founded in 1901 as American Machine and Foundry. It wasn't until 1946 that the company made a splash in the bowling world, when it introduced the automated pin spotter to the public.
Today, AMF's nationwide network of bowling centers is a source of year-round entertainment for people of all ages. Outfitted with a classic bowling alley design, the centers also feature advanced scoring systems, upgraded interiors, laneside video walls at select locations, and a delicious menu of traditional American dishes and snacks.
At Ape Index Rock Climbing, instructors lovingly referred to as "apes" assist climbers of all fitness levels as they scale walls that stand at more than 32 feet tall. Owner and instructor Amos Cox designed the gym to include more than 75 top ropes, a bouldering tunnel, and a 3-D globe that challenges climbers with its rounded façade and active volcanoes. Climbing paths range in difficulty to accommodate guests of various ages and experience levels, which makes the gym an ideal place for family bonding, birthday parties, or other group activities.
The managers of Scuba Professionals of Arizona have logged 50 years of underwater experience between the two of them. In the center's brand new pool, they put their acquired training from Scuba Schools International and American Nitrox Divers International to good use, leading scuba lessons for beginning and advanced divers of all ages. Their onsite store vends and maintains equipment for snorkeling and scuba classes, as well as organizes diving trips to destinations as close as Lake Pleasant and as far as Fiji.
Wazee's World invites families and gamers of all ages to roam freely around an elaborate futuristic laser-tag arena and psychedelic cosmic mini-golf course. Simulating the feeling of being inside an Atari console, the 7,500-square-foot multilevel laser-tag superstructure places bearers of light among glowing walls, blinking buttons, alien figures, spaceship set pieces, and more. Utilizing the Nexus laser-tag system from cutting-edge gaming techs Zone Systems, the laser-tag arena offers a variety of new ways to play the classic space-age shoot-out game while funding research on perfecting laser pointers that actually keep students' attention. Continuing the empyreal effect, cosmic golf guides outer space putters through a galaxy of nine challenging holes. Under the rays of black lighting, golfers of all sizes can putt around aliens and extraterrestrial artifacts glowing an otherworldly neon hue. Instead of laser guns, players are armed with glow-in-the-dark putters and golf balls, allowing them to gain the hands-on experience needed to beat alien invaders at their own game once they arrive.
Youth Sports and More teams up with a variety of local businesses to present kid-centric after-school activities. Camps and classes are held at institutions such as Zapien’s Martial Arts Academy, The Scottsdale Studio of Music, and Xtreme Gymnastics. Each location boasts licensed instructors and low student-to-teacher ratios that ensure ample attention. Kids can polish their stage presence during performing-arts sessions, or work off energy during martial arts practice. Music lessons introduce new instruments, and horseback-riding lessons grant youngsters the skill to finally win six-legged races.