Skatin' Place offers guests a trio of entertaining activities replete with music, laser beams, and the sounds of clinking coins. Neon lights and disco balls cast a groovy glow over the roller skating rink, as skaters glide forwards and backwards during open skating hours and private parties. Meanwhile, inside the laser tag arena, glowing obstacles and intergalactic artwork set a futuristic scene for teams of sharpshooters, while an arcade offers old-fashioned fun for nimble fingers, as players amass tickets to trade in for prizes or newer, better, younger siblings. And, to help fuel all the family-friendly fun, a snack bar serves casual fare such as pizza, nachos, and slush-a-roos.
Eagle Trace’s 18-hole course covers a verdant expanse of scenic greenery nestled along the Mississippi River. The newly enhanced links feature straightaways and short holes abutted by tall trees, creeks, and bunkers filled with castle-free sand. The course’s layout offers five different color-coded yardage distances from each tee, which challenges a range of swinging skills. The covered pavilion eating area hosts a picnic table and grill to provide sanctuary for hungry players, and practice facilities help golfers perfect their game. After scheduling a tee time, club jockeys can ride a mechanical steed to each hole with the included cart rental.
At AirMaxx Trampoline Park, age really does become just a number. Here, adults and teens giggle and frolic alongside their kid counterparts, channeling the unbridled energy stores from their youth years. The indoor facility houses multiple lanes of trampolines, which each incline into a slope at their trail's end, waiting to propel jumpers into spectacular flips and aerial tricks. In addition to family-friendly open-jump times, the facility dedicates late Friday nights to teen dates, filling the space with lower lights, louder music, and more regrettable haircuts. They also host arcade games, laser tag, and mini golf. During Maxxercise classes, the trampolines transform into workout havens as instructors lead sessions that combine aerobics moves with high-flying fun.
Largely choreographed by Minnesota Dance Ensemble's executive director Stephanie Eichman and artistic director Amanda Chouinard, modern dance piece Amalgamation fuses several duet and full-ensemble works to create one cohesive show from the underappreciated movements of everyday life. In "Slow Deluge," Eichman personifies the graceful flow of streams, lakes, and the last sweet sip of Gatorade in the bottle. In another piece, her dancers gesticulate through the embarrassing things people do when they think no one is looking. Chouinard stages the visceral experience of hearing a song for the first time in “Kyprios," then turns to more lighthearted material in a sequence that uses experimental movement to fix an absurd lens on popular sports. The two choreographers' collaboration culminates in a buoyant catwalk-inspired piece that struts and sashays to music by Nancy Sinatra, The Cardigans, and No Doubt.