When a great white shark approaches with opened jaws, the last thing you want to do is swing a golf club. But when that same scenario presents itself at Laser Assault, swinging a golf club is exactly what you should do—the path through those jaws leads to one of nine holes on the black-light mini-golf course. Other menacing creatures such as snakes and T-rexes guard the remaining eight holes, which wind their way through murals of aquatic critters and verdant jungle brush.
More creepy neon wall paintings illumine Laser Assault's two-level laser tag arena, whose labyrinthine corridors twist and turn past clusters of barrels and through clouds of fog—a one-minute video grants a vivid tour. Outside the arena, only an air hockey table glows inside the arcade, a non black-light space with classic games such as Hoop Fever—the more exciting sequel to Hoop Indifference.
At each of Fat Cats' five locations, strikes and spares light up the screens of automatic scoring systems. Bowling balls roll and skip down lanes in normal conditions, against retractable bumpers, or under the fluorescent glow of Thunder Alley, when the facility transforms into a music-filled fusion of a bowling alley and dance club. Each lane's crashing pins echo the softer clacking of putters at the glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course and the ringing lightshow of the arcade. Elsewhere, the scents of pizza and deep-fried bowling balls waft through the fun haven. Each Fat Cats location partners with different restaurants, including The Pizza Factory at its Salt Lake facility and Champzz Bar at the Westminster location.
The photographers of fortune at Kiddie Kandids Portrait Studio are seasoned kid-wranglers, and will prove their prowess at capturing high-spirited younglings in their oft-rumored but rarely seen "still" state—capturing smiles at their finest. To avoid the stiff, artificial poses that so often result from preserving offspring in carbonite, Kiddie Kandids Portrait Studio's shutterbugs get the wee ones relaxed and comfortable so that the special spark of their personality shines through naturally. After the session, (session fee normally $14.99), the best poses will be reassembled into striking 10"x13" and 16"x20" wall portraits ($19.99 and $59.99, respectively) complete with your choice of portrait enhancements ($9.99 each) such as black and white, sepia tone, or Robocop-vision.
Amid the royal-blue walls and black-and-white décor of Phone Restore’s electronics laboratory, skilled device technicians perform artful display facelifts on a range of gadgets. After drop-off, the specialists employ meticulous smoothing techniques to rid Apple-device screens of nicks, scratches, and unsightly rotary-dial growths. The store’s inventory of phone accessories—such as Skullcandy brand phone cases ($15–$40)—keep devices polished and protected. Patrons can also commission a screen repair for a Samsung, Motorola, or Android phone ($59–$139), or fix a water-damaged handheld after a GPS-enhanced bout of marco polo in the pool.
Presented by iQue Repair, iSmart protection plans safeguard clients from costly repair and replacement fees with two-year protection plans for most Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Repairmen swap out shattered iPhone 4S glass for fresh screens and replace iPad batteries with powerful nuclear generators not yet available for Android devices. The shop repairs devices whether they were broken before acquiring protection or after, and its philosophy of repair versus replacement saves cash for clients who would otherwise spend money on expensive at-sea burials for dilapidated iPhone 3Gs. Clients can easily file claims at any time by mailing the device in for a swift assessment, repair, and free two-day priority return mail or by bringing their injured electronics to an iQue Repair location.