Rain, shine, or 6 inches of snow?groups can head to Big Dog Adventure Park's sprawling outdoor fields for high-octane games of paintball and laser tag. Spread across 100 acres, the fields cover varied terrain, incorporating both wide-open land and areas dotted with trees, bunkers, and foxholes that are ideal for furtive maneuvering. Players get onto the fields in games of classic Capture the Flag?or funkier face-offs such as Steal the Bacon?after renting their gear onsite.
The laughter of children echoes through the dense pine forest and across the sandy beach before breaking on the lake's water like a crystal vase smashed with an inflatable hammer. Each week, new groups of kids explore Camp Lakotah's 126 acres alongside Little Hills Lake, engaging in more than 30 activities within its state-licensed and American Camp Association–accredited facilities. Campers engage in aquatic play, land-based sports, and arts-and-crafts sessions, honing both their physical fitness and creative sensibilities.
Staffers cater to each camper's needs throughout the week, guiding each individual toward activities focused on his or her personal goals and interests. The camp can serve vegetarian and diet-restriction-conscious food, and counselors can sing all campfire songs in the styles of both Bruce Springsteen and Andrea Bocelli.
Sky-blue walls and sand-colored carpets greet each family at Kids Unleashed, where slides, hula hoops, and playhouses invite young ones to explore as they hone their gross motor skills. The make-believe beach beckons stocking-dressed feet to roam its shores, where children ride rocking horses and parents surf free WiFi instead of the carpet in a nearby lounge filled with coffee, conversation, and clear views of the kids’ activities. Story time piques young children’s interest in reading, and ping-pong tables help older kids to develop enough hand-eye coordination to read a book while performing a cartwheel. Parents may depart during most of the center’s classes and camps, as the creation of art projects stimulates inventiveness in each child, and cupcake-baking demonstrates that cakes have children too. After class or playtime, the café teems with homemade, health-conscious snacks.
The nine-hole course at Weymont Run Country Club leads players on a rambling chase through treacherous dogleg turns and narrow fairways. Built in 1971, the track extends for 3,124 yards over 84 bucolic acres, nuzzling up against dense forest on four holes and forcing players to remain wary of water hazards on two. The club also allows ample room for practice at its driving range, a perfect solution for those needing a pre-round warm-up or a testing site for a homemade catapult.
Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 36 course * Total length of 3,124 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 35.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 124 from the back tees
Twelve different fields sprawl over 40 acres at Outdoor Adventure's Paintball. Here, players aged 10 and older engage in capture-the-flag-style battles, using intelligence and cunning to succeed rather than brute force or screaming really, really loudly. To aid in evading the enemy, each field is peppered with obstacles, including old bunkers, discarded barrels, or dense woods.