Surfing indoors typically requires an open-face waterbed and a high-powered hair dryer, but not at Surf Xtreme. The recreation center?s automated surf simulator, the Flowrider, creates the illusion of surfing with shallow, fast-moving water, which flows at speeds of up to 30 mph. Constructed of a trampoline-like material, the floor cushions falls as effectively as the marshmallow floors of Candy Land?s retirement homes, and CPR-certified attendants ensure surfers cruise safely through the ride?s heated waters.
For a break from aquatic shenanigans, guests can bound about the 2,400-square-foot trampoline area that flanks the simulator. Kids and adults can cavort with unrestrained glee, ricocheting off the walls bordered by protective padding. Alternatively, youngsters can take to the paintball field, whose customizable bunkers can be configured for games of Capture the Flag or Last Man Standing.
Paint flies all weekend long at Antioch Paintball Park, as teams of players vie for control of two fields littered with hay-bale obstacles or Sup'Air bunkers. Large nets next to the field protect observers and wayward butterflies from paintballs. The field boasts a large grill area for teammates to tell colorful war stories while eating grilled hot dogs and gulping down energy drinks after a quick rinse in the onsite showers.
A stress-shedding family-friendly sport for splatter soldiers of all types and stripes, paintball grants its combatants the perfect backdrop for one-on-one duels or group-oriented maneuvers. Spread out your tickets over six solo sessions, or round up five friends, coworkers, or NBA starters for a fast-paced adrenaline-fueled jaunt across unique indoor and outdoor terrains that can include pastoral fields and themed villages. Each trek arms guests with a battle mask and goggles, semiautomatic paintball marker, hopper and tanker, and orientation that lays out the rules, safety precautions, and the symbolism behind to Jackson Pollack’s early work.
Professional paintball player Dave "The Beast" Bains competes in tournaments around the world, but he always comes back to his family's paintball park to share tips with newcomers or referee a game. Some days, he'll pick up a marker and take to the sprawling arena himself, joining other guests as they scramble past giant spools, towering inflatable bumpers, and gigantic tunnels. The sounds of whizzing paintballs and laughter resound across the park's eight fields as players duck behind castle walls and roll over turf and grass. After games, they'll retire to the staging area and rest beneath the shaded picnic area or cool off in the gentle spray of water misters.
Dave and his staff open the fields to guests aged 10 and older, assigning groups of players to separate games according to skill and experience level. They equip guests with professional markers, paintballs, and protective gear.
Players scramble on wide-open, plain-like swaths of grass at Wild Adventure Paintball. This even terrain would make it easy to spot opponents, except that the sightlines on these four playing fields are interrupted by obstacles. The spoolfield is dotted with giant wire spools and bales of hay, for instance, while the lego field features large building blocks to duck behind or construct a life-size replica of the Starship Enterprise. Between games, you can purchase drinks and snacks to enjoy in the picnic area.