Arnold's Family Fun Center's 200,000-square foot facility buzzes with flashing lights, bright colors, and adrenaline-fueled activities suitable for all ages. Guests use softball-sized bowling balls to bust birds masquerading as pins during rounds of duckpin bowling, and black-light mini golf plunges putters into the depths of an ocean reef as they fight radiant octopi and pirates. More than 75 go-karts
speed around two racetracks, and bumper cars let drivers explore the safer side of road rage. Inside one of the largest arcades in the area, guests try their luck at more than 200 arcade games, including favorites such as Deal or No Deal, Big Buck Hunter Safari, and Guitar Hero. A bounce area keeps young feet busy, and a pizza and salad buffet refuel energy reserves before rigorous games of laser tag.
Inflated structures, slides, and games fill the climate-controlled environs of the numerous BounceU locations that speckle the nation. At each site, staff members closely monitor all activities as little ones traverse obstacle courses or pull on oversized inflatable boxing gloves. The crew also invites parents to join in on the fun, letting them bounce alongside their kids or make sweeping edicts from atop a bouncy-castle throne.
In addition to open sessions, the indoor-play haven sets the stage for the Preschool Playdate program, where instructors lead games and activities. Special events include family-bounce night, which lets parents join in the bouncing or relax in the party room and do grownup things, such as eat marshmallows with a knife and fork.
Attracting more than 170,000 art enthusiasts to its events each year, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival showcases original work from hundreds of artisans showcasing everything from handcrafted pottery, sculpture, and metalwork to jewelry, fashion, d?cor, and photography. Audiences can witness art being made live during educational demonstrations as artisans sculpt clay, whittle wood, forge metals, and imbue baskets with the power of speech. Hungry craft-lovers can also sniff out specialty food items to sample or purchase while dancing across the sprawling venue to live music.
The International Great Beer Expo pools together 57 American and international breweries, allowing guests to sample more than 100 beers from around the globe. Equipped with six-ounce souvenir glasses capable of carrying an unlimited number of two-ounce pours from tap to taste buds, guests can sample porters, pale ales, and lagers from Germany, Peru, Trinidad, and several countries that operate underneath Canada. The expo surrounds a beer garden, where patrons can sit and think about their children.
Golf is a sport of physical precision and aerial dynamics, won and lost upon the pendulum of your swing. Use today's Groupon to brush up on your golf physics and practice blasting balls with your refined stroke. For $30, you get a 30-minute video swing analysis (normally $50) and large bucket of balls ($10) from Par Breakers Golf Academy, a $60 total value. This comprehensive indoor golf facility is a short 30-minute golf-cart trip from Philly in Oaks.
Bead Fest Philadelphia’s hundreds of jewelry and bead merchants hawk their wearable wares, luring in wrists, fingers, and necks with bejeweled bedazzlements. Add the glimmer of lampworked glass to necklace projects with handmade beads from 2 Bead Sisters, or replace second or third eyes with a glittering gemstone from Atlantic Gems, Inc. Like disco balls for your fingers, epoxy-based Crystal Clay blings out rings with a workable foundation ideal for pave-set Swarovski stones. Ceramics become wearable art at Firefly Design Studio, with double kiln-fired mermaid pendants and ethereal ceramic crabs singing siren songs to passersby and ribald sea shanties to one other. Beads crafted from Italian, American, and German soft glasses unite to encircle wrists with intercontinental savoir faire courtesy of Lone Tree Studio’s globe-trotting designers.