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Walking into Rolling Thunder Skating Center feels a lot like walking into an indoor carnival: there are rides inside, an arcade with video games and skeeball, and there's even a mural of a rollercoaster on the walls. Still, the center's core identity pulses on the groove of pure roller fun, boasting an expansive rink and its own pizzeria. Around the whole scene, skaters can glide and groove to Top-40 tunes. Parents can join kids on the rink, or watch from the booths in the seating area to ensure that their kids are safe and aren't mouthing any lyrics to Will Smith's Parent's Just Don't Understand.

7017 Roosevelt Boulevard
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Inside the Wells Fargo Center, the Philadelphia Soul's crew of bashers run patterns with power and precision over the 50-yard gridiron. Arena Football is a lightning-fast game bounded by unique rebound nets that deflect pigskins and whole flying pigs at either end zone. Groupon customers will watch the Soul strive against the Arizona Rattlers from sideline seats as they listen to songs from the Emerald Isles and sip green beverages during Irish Night, which begins at 5 p.m. at the AT&T Pavilion on the Lincoln Financial Field side. Fans can retrieve their sideline tickets and hot dog or pizza vouchers at will-call, skirt the middle linebacker, and redeem their voucher at Chickie's & Pete's inside the arena.

3601 South Broad St.
Philadelphia,
PA
US

The Examiner featured Kix and Giggles. Three Parents Connect reviewers give it a five-star average and lilaguide reviewers give it an average of 3.5 stars:

9356 Old Bustleton Ave
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Signature service: Boni Wolf

Established: 1983

Reservations/Appointments: Optional

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Q&A with Boni Wolf, Director

Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?

We help people follow their dreams in the entertainment world. Many of our students are out there doing commercials and TV shows like Law and Order, Boardwalk Empire, Nutella, Capitol One, Cartoon Network. PPL Electric and more. Over 25 kids were in student films this year the school set up.

How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?

We help clients to learn about the entertainment business and the right steps to take to have a career in acting. We help students with roles in local films and teach them the right way to audition for a role. We are working on the second season of our kids TV show and a new local teen radio show. Our students all have the opportunity to be in them.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

If your kid wants to be an actor ... or is looking to build confidence and self esteem, better public speaking skills ... and learn how to interview for a job, then this is the right place.

257 N 3rd St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

In 1977, before becoming one of Philadelphia?s few remaining arcades, University Family Fun Center was a laundromat with a few pinball machines in the corner. Games soon drew more customers than laundry, so the family-owned joint quickly morphed into a full-fledged arcade. These days, it houses many classic games, including skee-ball, air hockey, and ?(of course) pinball. Contemporary favorites also abound, including Guitar Hero and a Batman game where caped crusaders pilot their choice of 10 Batmobiles through 36 missions. A majority of the arcade?s games take the redemption model, meaning they yield tickets that can be traded for prizes such as stuffed animals and maps that lead to the secret printing presses converted by Benjamin Franklin into pinball machines. Named a top late-night bar alternative by CBS Philadelphia, the arcade welcomes gamers until at least midnight; Thursday??Saturday, boss levels can be defeated until 2 a.m.

4006 Spruce St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Munch on tasty pub grub at Buffalo Billiards. The menu at Buffalo Billiards does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. Ready for a drink to unwind? At Buffalo Billiards, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar. Make sure to check out Buffalo Billiards' happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday. Need room for one more? Add another to your party — Buffalo Billiards is great for large groups. Complimentary wifi is available as well. Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.

The restaurant's "rush" is all weekend long, so diners should be prepared to wait for a table. Show up in sneakers or a suit at Buffalo Billiards, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance. For the tastes of Buffalo Billiards from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.

Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.

The food here is super budget-friendly, too, with most items costing less than $15.

116 Chestnut St
Philadelphia,
PA
US