It started in 1981 as "The Newport Film Society," and by 1983, it had become the area's very first international film festival. Today, the tradition continues under the moniker of Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival. Despite the change in name and audiences' evolving tastes in popcorn, the event's mission remains constant: to showcase features, documentaries, and shorts by independent filmmakers from across the globe. Ranked as one of the top 10 short film festivals and top 10 international film festivals in Chris Gore's The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, RIIFF is also among the few such events recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to qualify short films for Oscar gold.
Retired NFL cornerback Ty Law has exchanged the gridiron for a far more forgiving, far more buoyant playing field. At his 18,000-square-foot Launch Trampoline Park, visitors of all ages bounce, flip, and twirl as they burn calories and defy gravity on three jumping courts—including one designed especially for kids and another for playing dodge ball—comprised of adjoining floor trampolines and angled wall trampolines. There’s also a mammoth foam pit so that you can be assured a soft landing should you attempt any feats of aerial wonder.
As fitness remains one of Law’s top priorities, he offers fitness classes that provide low-impact workouts while incinerating up to 1,000 calories each bouncy hour. For those seeking a break from bouncing, the park has an arcade and a café with free WiFi.
A New World unfurls its ultramodern laser tag arena across 7,000 square feet of murky terrain and tactical refuges. Atmospheric tunes fill the air as combatants volley their laser bolts across the arena’s cavernous corridors and black-lit fluorescence, cautiously traversing an ominous, all-encompassing mist purloined from London’s native fog factories. Photon-firers can rack up extra points by training their laser on the opposing team’s blinking bases, then duck behind temporary shields and widespread laser sprays when cornered by encroaching competitors. Blasters aged 3 and up can be fitted with the game’s featherweight vests, and a cozy lobby ensconces loungers amid reclining couches and an on-site arcade alight with 30 diverse games, air hockey, and a pool table.
At Mulligan's Island Golf & Entertainment, 60 covered hitting stalls look out onto 11 acres of target areas, a sprawling configuration that helped earn the facility a spot on Golf Range Magazine's 2011 list of top 100 ranges. Golfers can use the driving range's 20 heated stalls to practice during off-season months without worrying about cooler temperatures stiffening their swings, or they can invest in lessons that use digital teaching methods such as computerized swing analysis to lower handicaps. A USGA-rated course tests participants with nine holes of regulation-size golf, while an 18-hole pitch-and-putt short course and two mini-golf courses help golfers calibrate aspects of their short game. The practice mecca also tests swings at 10 batting cages that feed baseballs and softballs at adjustable speeds to suit both little leaguers and professionals fishing for compliments.
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