At each bowling center, balls hurtle down smooth, polished lanes as LCD screens keep track of scores and shimmering party lights illuminate the faces of determined bowlers. After lacing up some slide-enabling shoes and clearing the gutters of deciduous pins, bowlers set their sights on toppling 10-pin clusters. Carpets bedecked with psychedelic swirls lead to shelves stocked with neon-colored balls, which proffer their pin-busting talents to bowlers of various sizes. Fingers can warm up by mashing buttons in an arcade full of entrancing video games or bench-pressing french fries at the onsite grill and pub.
Vibrant wildflowers grow over acres of fields, streams trickle through woodlands, and birdwatchers gaze at creatures in flight. The scenery at Skyline Farm can be breathtaking, and thanks to a group of dedicated locals, 46 acres of its land are guarded in a conservation easement held by the Royal River Conservation Trust. These protected lands stay open to the public, who can explore a 1.7-mile trail network or attend antique auto gatherings and music festivals. The farm's grounds are also home to the Skyline Farm Carriage Museum, which displays classic vehicles used before Henry Ford discovered that there was a car in his garage.
Because making art should always be fun, Paint On Tap bills itself not as an art class but as 'art entertainment.' During each session, artist, owner, and instructor Donna Nickerson leads students of all experience levels through easy-to-follow steps, using provided brushes and canvases. By the end of the session, each visitor completes a colorful masterpiece that they can take home and use to spruce up a bedroom or to hang over a boring Picasso in the dining room. The location and subject matter varies with each class, and wine or beer is available for purchase for artists over 21.
The Fitness & Performance Studio is captained by a team of three fitness experts—Mike Caiazzo, Andrew Kinslow, Martha Lavertu. The trio of trainers invite fitness-seekers of all athletic abilities into their private studio, where they lead custom personal-training sessions, high-intensity boot-camp classes, and challenging strength-and-conditioning workouts. The trainers pack their bright studio with functional equipment, including kettlebells, medicine balls, and TRX-suspension straps.
Cavorters of all ages caper about Joker's Family Fun and Games's massive indoor play zone, which is stocked with games and attractions that inspire climbing and sliding. Kids can scramble into the three-tiered A-Maze-Zing playhouse to navigate tubes, web bridges, and conference rooms, and toddlers can maneuver through the mini maze or hop aboard the train ride for a sightseeing jaunt around the tracks. Future adults can challenge one another in sundry classic arcade games such as skee-ball and air hockey, and more than 50 video games await thumbs desperate to win garlands of exchangeable tickets. Whippersnappers achieve liftoff in lieu of jetpack overalls on a Jolly Jump air bounce then safely glide down a 22-foot inflatable super slide. At the 14,000-square-foot Portland location, youngsters can also blast comrades in a space-age laser-tag zone, scale a towering rock-climbing wall, and master putting skills on an 18-hole mini-golf course. After extreme bouts of frolicking, families can quell tummy rumbles with slices of housemade pizza slathered in Joker's signature sauce or peek at the menu to peruse sandwiches, burgers, and chicken tenders.
5,000 square feet of indoor rock walls outfitted for top-rope belaying and bouldering entertain guests of all experience levels at Maine Rock Gym, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014. Suitable for ages four and older, visitors can partner up to climb meandering problems across varying angles and overhangs. Indoor, onsite clinics instruct climbers at introductory or advanced levels, and guides lead outdoor excursions to Maine's granite cliffs and New Hampshire's White Mountains.
Opening in December 2014, Evo Rock Gym will be decked in over 16,000 square feet of climbing space on its 42-foot-high walls, with a large top-out bouldering area. A separate climbing area for kids will also be tucked away in the facility, along with rooms to host birthday parties for young revelers. In addition to an aerial silk yoga room and cardio machines, visitor amenities will also include changing rooms, showers, and lockers on-site.