Flabbergast owner Robert Amstadt and son Jeremy take a number of steps to ensure the safety of their smaller visitors—in addition to sanitizing the 15,000-square-foot playground each night, staff members secure each visitor with an electronic security armband that must be manually disabled upon their departure. While they do care about safety, the staff also lets children play freely on towering inflatable slides and obstacle courses, a bounce castle, and a climbing structure riddled with tube tunnels, slides, and climbing walls. The sea of neon play structures blends into an arcade filled with 50 ticket-redemption games. Staffers supervise as wee players test their accuracy in skee-ball, compete in treasure-finding games, and climb inside an inflatable booth to grasp tickets dancing inside a current of forced air.
All of Flabbergast’s staff members are high-school students and expend their own youthful energy as they interact with visitors, often helping children up and down slides, climbing with them in the play structures, or teaching math to imaginary friends. In addition to overseeing unstructured playtime, these staffers also organize play center parties for daycare trips, birthdays, and boy- and girl-scout groups.
The Fox Bay Cinema Grill marquee lights up the theater's outdoor marble ticket kiosk, transporting moviegoers to a bygone era of the silver screen. Renovated in 2000, the spacious art-deco theater drapes its large screens in scarlet curtains, and wraparound, swivel lounge chairs and tables wait to support patrons as they immerse themselves in the digital sound and projection pouring forth from the latest Hollywood hits. The theater doesn't only sate the imagination's appetite with lush filmscapes; servers shell out light finger foods and hearty pizzas and sandwiches throughout the movie, quieting growling bellies that may otherwise spoil the film's ending. Though not included with this deal, alcohol is available via Fox Bay's wait staff and at the lobby bar.
Healthy bodies aren’t born—they’re built. Construction commences at Le Club, where exercisers hone physiques in a fitness center stocked with more than 80 pieces of resistance strength-training and cardiovascular equipment—including treadmills and rowing machines—and a spinning studio with 21 stationary bikes. Ten climate-controlled tennis courts and three racquetball courts await the sound of whizzing spheres, and pools, including the 25-meter indoor and outdoor lane pools and the warm-water-therapy pool, welcome aquatic athleticism.
Spa massages and facials whisk away stress, and locker rooms induce relaxation with attached saunas and recordings of Maya Angelou reciting the phonebook. While parents work out, kids can explore Le Club’s youth offerings, which include a teen space maze and an outdoor playground for younger children.
• For $8, you get four 18-hole rounds of miniature golf (a $16 value). • For $10, you get nine holes of par 3 golf for two plus two medium buckets of range balls for use on range mats (up to a $20 value). • For $17, you get a half-hour private swing analysis from teaching pro Frank Robb (a $35 value).
For the students of To The Pointe Performing Arts, no dance step is just a dance step. Because the school follows a holistic approach to learning dance, every step comes with a bounty of knowledge—its place in the style, its cultural origin, the muscle movements it requires, and the discipline required to master it. Whether they're 6-year-olds encountering their first tap shoes or high-school students refining their skills in Russian ballet technique, the team of experienced dance instructors make it their business to forge not only great dancers but educated citizens of the world. In addition to youth classes, the studio also offers DanceFit and tap classes for adult students.