Mulligan Family Fun Center's three locations surround parents and kids with sprawling smorgasbords of kinetic entertainment. Outside, each park's sunny grounds encourage healthy activity with putt-testing miniature-golf courses and the hairpin turns of go-kart tracks. In the batting cages, aspiring sluggers test their swing while recognized major-league sluggers test their disguise against the park's do-not-admit posters. Back inside, climbers scale the rock wall?s vertical challenges and friends battle friends in laser tag?s intense light-based combat.
Each location also has its own signature activities. The Torrance location's rookie go-karts, for example, enable younger drivers to take a turn down the track, whereas the Palmdale location boasts a longer, 1,500-foot track for children and adults alike.
People of all ages are drawn to the sensations of racing?the wind in their hair, the adrenaline coursing through their veins, the checkered flags fanning them while pit crews feed them grapes. So Go Kart World ensures everybody can find the racer's thrill in a safe environment. Its so accessible, in fact, that its raceways have been shared by families and celebrities including Jonah Hill, Jodie Foster, and Quentin Tarantino.
Six winding go-kart tracks give racers the ability to handpick their experience. One arena is designed just for bumper cars, whereas a polished-concrete slick track welcomes slide-intensive sprint-car racing. The park's biggest draw, however, is its two-story Super Track, which tests drivers' skills and stamina with a one-third-mile course set 15-feet above the ground and filled with hair-raising 26-degree turns. Each course even uses its own style of kart, from kid-sized machines to adults' champ and euro karts that can reach speeds more than 40 mph.
Sky Zone fully embodies the concept of bouncing off the walls, as the facility is lined with gigantic trampolines on the floors and angled trampolines on adjacent walls. Ideal for people of all ages, shapes, and physical abilities, the trampolines unite to form one massive sea of bouncy terrain, upon which visitors can play or compete with hanging basketball hoops. Sky Zone is home to Ultimate dodgeball, an interactive twist on the classic playground sport that has teams jumping and dodging at new heights. Additionally, the park is great for birthdays and special events. Serious boot camps and aerobics courses allow guests to get into shape and have fun at the same time, unlike running from a stampede of buffalo.
During the Halloween season, Pa's Pumpkin Patch converts a small corner of Long Beach into an autumnal fun land that encompasses rides, carnival games, and pumpkin fields. On grounds decorated with cornstalks and scarecrows, kids whip around Pa's wild roller coaster and slip down the giant inflatable slide. They then jump on ponies for leisurely lopes and pet goats and baby chicks at the petting zoo. Between reflective strolls through the mirror maze and bounce time at the Halloween Kastle inflatable, kids can also win stuffed animals and toys at carnival games. Before calling it a day, families can sip and nibble seasonal treats at the snack bar and then pick up a pumpkin to take home, carve, and enter into contests such as the presidential election.
The squash-savvy staff at Shawn's Pumpkin Patch flaunts a cornucopia of variously sized pumpkins to adorn fall festivities. Against a rustic backdrop of straw bales and cornstalks, pyramids of gigantic, medium, small, and mini pumpkins ($1–$80) sit ready to be taken home and carved to mimic the visage of a zombie or a beloved imaginary friend. Although not included in today's Groupon, Shawn's Pumpkin Patch also hosts pony rides, mini-train trips, and a petting zoo ($3–$6/person).
The sight of a medieval castle surrounded by tall cacti may seem anachronistic at first, but it's hard to question the image when one is trying to putt a mini golf ball into a grassy hole off the circulating paddles of a windmill. It's whimsical moments like this that make Golf N? Stuff's name feel understated. Beyond the two lush 18-hole mini golf courses that draw year-round visitors, the entertainment center boasts go-karts, bumper boats, and more than 100 arcade games. Batting cages let both kids and adults perfect their swings. Visitors can refuel on hot dogs, Dippin' Dots ice cream, and soda at the snack bar.