Woodleaf and Pla Mor Lanes each boast 24 avenues of pin-busting entertainment equipped with overhead automated scoring. After lacing up rented footwear ($3/pair), players can squeak shoes against polished floors in the run-up to their attempts at an oft-elusive five-strike Butterball Turkey. An arcade and pro-shop occupy idle hands, and full bar and snack shops (not included with this deal) sate thirsty pin-pulverizers between turns.
Since 1936, the historic Gem Theatre has moved movie lovers to laughter and tears with films in an elegant, comfortable single-screen vintage theater. Peruse current showtimes and choose a first-run film, which may include a romantic romp, a superhero adventure, an independent feature, or Casablanca II: Electric Boogaloo. Guests pick up their sodas and popcorn at the concessions stand in the carpeted lobby, whose ornate table lamps cast soft light on potted plants and flowers. In the red and gold 916-seat amphitheater, upholstered floor seats beckon audience members and balcony perches provide a sky-high view behind marbled wood rails. Before the film, guests watch wrought-iron vines curl around colorful birds in sculptures flanking the screen. Sumptuous gold curtains hide the big screen until showtime, allowing staff members to finish reenacting each film’s climactic scene in private.
The sound of feet slapping on the padded ground and little voices twisted by constant motion fill Xtreme Play. Jeff and Julie Austin, owners of the play center, have five children, so they are familiar with the busy chorus. The duo and its staff are also well prepared to keep an eye on youngsters as they bounce from inflatable obstacles or squeal down slides. At a miniature arcade, small hands grab Wii and PlayStation controllers, simulating adventures through castles and the civil-service tests to become a castle inspector. The babble of special events drifts from private party rooms, where pizzas fuel fetes.
Bellies can gorge on butterflies for a full eight minutes as their owners careen in speedy SODI RX7 adult karts or SODI youth karts around The Pit's impressive 70,000-square-foot track, complete with challenging turns and plenty of room for passing. After races, spiked spirits can smooth back out in the facility's large-windowed lounge, stocked with wide-screen TVs, free WiFi, and tales of rapturous velocity from grizzled go-kart seat belts. Members get to participate in future races for lower rates, get word of exclusive monthly specials, and have the option to participate in racing leagues that foster new friendships and more voluminous coifs.
Behind the security gates at Pomolas Ranch & Equestrian Center, visitors find a small, quiet barn surrounded by 13 acres of lush pasture and leafy trees. It's here, amid these sylvan surroundings, that they can polish their horseback-riding technique or take up the activity for the very first time. Both English- and Western-style riding lessons occur out on the grassy fields on clear days or, if it's stormy or after dusk, inside the lighted arena—large enough at 120'x160' for a full barrel or jumping course. The center hosts guests for individual lessons and equestrian-club members for regular riding, as well as the young guests who arrive for day and overnight riding camps during the summer.
At George Pappas' Victory Lanes, there are plenty of opportunities for people of all ages and experience levels to take a lane, from morning coffee-and-donut get-togethers for seniors to evening leagues for youths and adults. Reservations are available for birthday and corporate parties. Although bowling takes top billing, customers can check out billiards, the arcade, and The Finish Line restaurant, a full-service eatery with an extensive menu of breakfast, salads, pizza, dinner entrees, and cups of warm milk that will make your bowling pins so tired they'll fall over on their own.