In a go kart, you're much closer to the source of horsepower than when you're riding in a car. All that invisible force leaps to life when you hit the accelerator, gently pushing you back into the seat. Drivers at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix feel that pull as they whip around a quarter-mile racetrack in gas-powered Sodi GT5 Proline karts. They slip past one another while making 11 brake-stomping turns, all with a vantage point not afforded by watching races on TV.
The karts feature air-intake units that trap their exhaust and keep the atmosphere fresh, and the track?constructed from 1,300 used Goodyear tires and the shredded remains of Mario Andretti's learner's permit?is outfitted with three observation platforms for track marshals to regulate each lap and guarantee riders' safety. Three-point safety belts, roll bars, helmets, and neck braces also protect racers during their white-knuckle trips around the track. A full-time mechanic keeps finish lines crowded by calibrating karts to run within three-tenths of a second of one another and hanging hundreds of pi?atas from the checkered flag. At the facility's bar, Octane, racers can refuel with drinks and food while watching stock-car races on the five 42-inch TVs.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, as party songs thump in the background, lasers beam over a row of 24 lanes—each home to a rack of glowing pins—and reflect off their thin layer of oil into the fog. Of course, Playdrome Devon Lanes hosts regular open-bowling hours throughout the rest of the week, when it echoes with the sound of crashing pins and celebratory sirens from the on-site arcade. Though unseen, heard, or smelled, the signal from complimentary WiFi streams through the air as well, allowing players to post their high scores online or to look up the cheat codes that enable the bowling balls' rocket boosters. Playdrome Devon Lanes also allows customers to bring their own food and beverages.
Players at Lehigh Valley Paintball wage simulated war across a variety of battlefields, choosing from a variety of play styles on both speedball and woodsball fields. The staff can also customize markers with engravings or leather wristbands, useful for proudly showing team affiliations, graphic designs, or helping identify guns that have escaped.
On Friday and Saturday nights, the black lights flicker on, and Happy Types Family Fun Center opens for cosmic bowling, where bowlers shoot for 300 on lanes equipped with optional bumpers. Along with family-friendly bowling open throughout the week, the center also features a huge variety of indoor and outdoor games and activities. Go-carts tear around the track year-round, and families can hone their batsmanship at batting cages, clubsmanship on the mini golf course, and climbsmanship on the rock wall.
Sesame Place, the nation's only theme park based on the award-winning Sesame Street, combines the spirit of the show with thrilling rides, cool water slides, and eye-catching shows. And of course, people get to hang out with their favorite furry friends?whether they're Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, and Elmo or newer additions, such as Abby Cadabby, Murray, and Honker and Dinger.
Patrons can pose for pictures in a life-size re-creation of the TV show?s classic set, soar above the park in the twirling Elmo's Cloud Chaser ride, or head to Cookie's Monster Land. This colorful area of the park, which opened in 2014, contains five rides, a three-story net climb, and a soft play area. The adventure park also offers seasonal concerts and events included with park admission.
They say that a family that plays together stays together, especially when they've got each other in the cross-hairs of a laser. At the family entertainment complex of Ultrazone, everybody's inner kid comes out to play in an electric playground teeming with teams of ultraviolet warriors. The sprawling laser tag arena is one of the biggest on the East Coast, sporting multiple levels of battle grounds where visceral action scenarios play out amongst a myriad of obstacles. Rounds are played in multiple gaming formats and are divided by age levels so younger players aren't trounced by birthday parties for Bigfoot. Gun shy attendees can get their kicks popping quarters at Ultrazone's video game arcade.