Katrina Wells was frustrated. The new mother loved spending time with her child but still longed for a place to relax and sip coffee. Family-friendly play centers had been widespread when she lived in South Florida, but they seemed entirely absent from her new home in Long Island. Undeterred, Wells took initiative and designed a business that would cater to children and their parents.
Across Le Play Cafe Indoor Play Area & Coffee Lounge's 2,000 square feet, imaginations spring to life at performance stages, dress-up areas, and pretend kitchens. A climbable play structure helps little ones to develop gross motor skills, and age-appropriate toys delight toddlers. On the other side of the play center, scents of fresh roasted coffee fill the café as parents relax, socialize, and share photos of their baby dolls. In addition to cheering children and adults, Wells' brainchild also puts a smile on Mother Nature's vine-covered face. Her eco-friendly facility boasts LED lighting and oversize windows that help to reduce energy costs.
A veritable mountain greets climbers inside The Rock Club, challenging them to scale its 40' high face without speaking a single word. After pulling their eyes away from the main wall, guests discover the gym's other rocky offerings, including 80 climbing stations, more than 200 individual routes, and muscle-testing bouldering cliffs. Experienced staff members with a passion for climbing roam the gym, eager to help veteran climbers reach new heights, introduce new climbers to the sport during beginners' classes, or describe the scent found at the top of the Himalayan Mountains.
Why build a business based purely on surprising people? “Because life moves fast and we don’t play nearly as much as we should,” say Surprise Industries founders and sisters Kat Dudina and Tania Luna on their website. By setting up surprises for big groups and individual clients alike, the duo, along with their imaginative staff, encourages the giddiness of play that often gets lost in the shuffle of adult responsibilities. With only a location and a time to arrive, participants are swept into an unpredictable adventure that may involve anything from attending an ice-sculpting workshop to being elected chairman of the Federal Reserve.
EscapeMaker.com facilitates transit-friendly and sustainable excursions within 500 miles of New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, or DC with their online guide to the northeast United States. The staff reviews towns and plunges deep into popular regions to unearth the most compelling and budget-balancing activities around as well as intriguing sights. An EscapeMaker feature aids trip planning by custom aggregating each step of the trip into one handy document, ensuring that sojourners always have helpful info on hand, such as phone numbers, directions, and translations of campfire songs in local languages. In addition to their stalwart guidance, EscapeMaker.com also hosts weekly specials from bed and breakfasts, hotels, and other travel enterprises.
Your excursion will depart from the north side of 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, at 9:00 a.m. Because Urban Escapes doesn't like to wait around for latecomers, make sure to get there 20 minutes early. During this time you can make combat buddies in line and give each other cool tough-guy code names such as Iron Steel and Millard Fillmore. A bus will pick up your newly formed militia and transport you to New Breed Paintball in West Milford, NJ, about an hour away from the city. After checking in, you'll spend about two hours traversing private fields under the unblinking eye of watchful referees, dodging airborne paintballs as if they were so many rabid butterflies.
On Luxury Hunters’ scavenger hunts, sleuths use smartphones—which participants must provide themselves—to nab photos and videos of luxury goods that they uncover throughout New York City. At each event's kick-off, adventurers gear up for competition by reviewing the sponsor’s upscale goods and visualizing the high-end dinner prizes up for grabs. Next, vagabonds rush out to numerous trendy restaurants, shops, and bars to hunt down luxury products. Prey includes items from high-end brands such as Alma Tequila, Perugina Chocolate, The Film Annex, and more, representing a wide range of interests and vowel combinations. At a complimentary concluding soiree, guests may receive prizes based on the quality of their photos, and all guests depart with swag.
With more than 20,000 New York singles lining its shelves, Meet Market Adventures offers free online dating, plus imaginative offline events. Shuck off shyness during the Singles Walking Wine & Spirits Crawl, which lets solitary sippers swish and swirl their way to common ground. Join in on an evening of witty banter with the Singles Comedy Night, or join a team of four people for the Singles Amazing Race & Scavenger Hunt, a frenetic Benny Hill dash about town that creates ideal conditions for sparks and zero openings for awkward first-date silences. Dog lovers can unleash their ardor during Dog Day Afternoon, a perfect way to test out puppy love and respective resistance to allergies. With admission to three events, participants will have several chances to meet other singles, try out a new activity or venue in the city, and dust off decrepit datebooks long relegated to doorstop status.