After decades of winning the admiration of stock-car racing fans with his aggressive driving strategy and off-track charisma, Rusty Wallace now gives others the chance to experience the rush of racing. He joined forces with Sodikart to roll out the Rusty Wallace Kart Experience, pairing kart with driver at some of the country's most celebrated racetracks. Racers can hop in a custom RT8 (or its kid-friendly counterpart, the LR4) and hit the gas, tearing up everything from the versatile road courses and speedy main track of the Atlanta Motor Speedway to the challenging lava pits of the Milwaukee Mile.
But this go-karting business has a big brother?the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. It's a high-speed trip into the pro-racing trade, with breathtaking ride-alongs and racing experiences in stock cars. Guests buckle up and sit shotgun alongside professional drivers as they fly down straightaways and around curves. They can even get behind the wheel themselves, finally feeling what it's like to be a professional driver.
Happy shouts float across Swings-N-Things Family Fun Park, whipping out of the mouths of drivers racing around go-kart tracks and captains ricocheting off one another in bumper boats. The satisfying clunk of colorful spheres falling into holes on the mini-golf course perks up ears in the sprawling complex of indoor and outdoor attractions. Go-kart drivers whiten their knuckles behind the wheel of 9-horsepower Honda engines, tearing through a quarter mile of twists and turns on the Grand Prix track as if it were a high-school principal’s lawn. Alternatively, patrons frolic across the park’s two outdoor mini-golf courses before practicing their aim in a laser shootout game, and children ages 10 and younger scramble their socked feet over slides and rides inside the Kids Korner indoor play area. Swings-N-Things Family Fun Park is easily accessible from the area's major highways.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa tilts characteristically as a nearby sphinx rests beside a bush. What sounds like an atlas come to life is really the theme of one of the two 18-hole mini-golf courses at Rinky Dink Family Fun Center. After a round, customers can hug the turns on a go-kart track, soak and ram fellow seadogs on squirt-gun-equipped bumper boats, or test home-run skills at three baseball and three softball batting cages that hurl balls at up to 80 mph, which is the speed of light. Once indoors, guests can fire foam balls at targets from air cannons in the black-lit Pirates vs. Aliens game or navigate their way through an inflatable bouncer maze. The indoor playground features three levels of climbing structures and slides. An arcade hosts more than 35 video and redemption games such as Ms. Pac-Man, Dance Dance Revolution, and the new motion-sensitive Nap Nap Revolution, while tinier tykes stack giant waffle blocks or navigate a ball pit in the toddler area.
Winner of ParentsConnect's award for Cleveland's Best Indoor Playspace in 2009, Amazone Family Entertainment Center sets the stage for jungle-themed parties and open play sessions. Its three-story playground surrounds kids and parents in slides, bridges, and plastic trees, all accented by faux foliage that simulates the gorilla-run play centers of the Amazon. Elsewhere, the glowing eyes of temple creatures peer down at players within a black-lit laser-tag arena. An orchestra of laughter and electronic beeps emerge from within the arcade, which hosts 50 games, including air hockey, skee ball, and racing. To fuel playtime, Amazone's team slings pizza at a snack bar and hosts celebrations within five themed birthday-party rooms. The facility also caters to parents with comfy couches and free WiFi that lets them stream their favorite cartoons.
For the second year running, the Piston Power Show and Excalibur Auto Body fills 1,000,000 square feet with cars, motorcycles, trucks, and airplanes, as well as family-friendly activities and prizes, making it one of the largest indoor vehicle displays in the world. In the vehicle showcase, visitors stroll past more than 1,000 transportation contraptions, admiring the gleaming chrome of classic cars, a fully restored B-17, and a meet-and-greet with the tiny horses that pull the engine's piston. New this year, the Ohio Bike Week Pavilion and Fall Show will showcase live music from bands including The Earthquakes and Thunderstruck, hot dogs, beer, and herds of rowdy motorcycles (food and drink not included with this Groupon). Parents can instill a love of speedy locomotion with interactive displays, simulators, the All-American Soap Box Derby boasting a 250-foot long Indoor Rally track for side-by-side racing, and a fun kids’ zone featuring famous cars from Transformers and Starsky and Hutch. A live band croons nostalgic tunes from the '50s and '60s to offset the atmosphere of fierce competition in Thunder Row, a collection of 32 show cars from around the country wooing judges with powerful engines and svelte figures in the swimsuit competition.
Step inside this family-friendly entertainment hub to test your laser skills across 4,000 square feet of black-lit battlefield. Q-Zar's futuristic funscape hosts a tonal tango of fuchsia, cerulean, and radioactive sherbet, interrupted every so often by energized beams. In games of laser tag, aim trumps age, beam-based bravery beats pure brute strength, and strategy almost always prevails over wandering around aimlessly while talking about football. Whether young, old, or medium, all players can prove supremacy behind a laser gun if they enter the game with a good attitude. Laser tag can be a pretty intense workout, so let Q-Zar's playlist of energetic tunes invigorate you as you dish out and dodge neon laser dashes.