Armed with state-of-the-art lasers, players dodge enemy beams in a 5,000-square-foot arena awash in neon and black lights. During open-play sessions held Friday–Sunday, up to 20 participants weave their way through the obstacle-laden space on a variety of missions. The lasers also function outside, enabling Galaxy Gaming to frequently host outdoor missions in yards with enough obstacles.
Competition continues in the gaming lounge, where more than 200 computer and console games run on more than 60 PC, PlayStation3, and Xbox 360 stations. Gamers can play friends or other patrons with all-day passes or during Friday and Saturday all-night sessions, which last from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. or whenever Mario throws out his back. Galaxy Gaming's resident techies also rid computers of viruses, build custom PCs, and create personalized gaming rigs.
Nestled within Empire Mall, Xcite Family Fun Center enraptures youngsters with inflatables, video games, and tasty treats. Sock-clad kids bound across the center’s ever-changing selection of inflatables—which frequently includes Batman- and Disney princess-themed bouncers—navigate obstacle courses, and race down slides. The arcade entices players with games such as air hockey, skee-ball, and Star Wars Racer, and the enclosed toddler zone pairs wee ones with age-appropriate inflatables, slides, and coloring-book versions of the tax code.
In between rounds of bouncing and gaming, kids can reenergize with grilled-cheese sandwiches, pretzels, or pizza at the snack bar. Open-play sessions run until 9 p.m. Monday–Saturday, and parents or grandparents can accompany their children for free.
All manner of monsters prowl the halls of the Sioux Falls Jaycees Haunted House. Sadistic clowns smile from shadowed corners, herding visitors into a blood-spattered room where a ghoul in a straitjacket waits. Strobe lights and fog convince the senses that they've entered an otherworldly dimension or a very dusty camera, concealing the ghastly robotics and props lurking around each bend—such as a leering, demonic child named Hex. Though the attraction seeks to terrify, its ultimate goal is far more altruistic: ticket profits go to the Sioux Falls Jaycees, a community-service group whose volunteers don masks and gallons of fake blood to staff the entire house.
Next Edge's experienced instructors offer a variety of self-defense athletics and mixed martial arts classes, including MMA, judo, combat hapkido, and more (view the full class schedule here). World Championship medalist Bruce Hoyer teaches Jiu-Jitsu using a class structure that combines general instruction with individual training to hone grappling skills and train up formidable ground-fighters. Muay Thai--a stand-up practice that requires full use of all the limbs you can spare--aids individuals interested in pursuing an avenue in mixed martial arts or simply getting in shape, while those looking for a diverse, pounds-shedding workout can attend Next Edge's fitness classes, which employ a combo of cardio, free weights, and body weights to force the unfit fluids out of the body. This Groupon also gets you half off any equipment purchased at Next Edge during your month of mixed-up martial arts.
With 12 slick lanes, mouthwatering fare to munch on, and a laid-back adjacent lounge, Valley Lanes & Rec Center fills bowlers with chow and immerses chow lovers in the joys of bowling. Those opting to spend their time hitting the lanes can gear up, donning an included pair of bowling clogs, for 30 punishing frames. In between thundering games, bowlers can disguise the rumble of their ravenous bellies with fine snack-bar fare including gladiator pizzas ($3.39–$4.09 for a 7", $10.99–$15.99 for a 14"), french fries ($1.49), or jalapeño poppers (six for $4.49), washed down with their large soda.
As the mercury starts to dip and the days become shorter, achieving a golden hue becomes increasingly harder. Stay as bronze as baby shoes with one spin in the power UVA-lamp-powered level-four tan. For instant gratification, opt for the UV-free Mystic Tan, which breathes life into former ghosts with a uniform, sun-kissed coating. Or take things slow and steady with 50 minutes in the Santa Barbara and Del Rey beds. Unsure tanners can defer to one of the on-staff tanologists, who will happily help clients select the option best suited to their needs.