Videogame aficionados unite at Pixel Battles, where Xbox 360s, Wii Us, PlayStation 3s, Kinects, 3D gaming, and a retro room tempt fingers with the newest digital challenges. One of the only video game venues in the area allows players to cozy up to black leather chairs and plasma TV screens to test their skills. Gamers can settle into the latest games with friends on multiple plasma TV screens. In addition to individual gaming, Pixel Battles also hosts themed birthday parties, special events, and tournaments to help gamers battle in healthy competition.
Skaters glide and twirl across the smooth surface of Springfield Skate World's vast roller rink. With a 10-session skate punch card, roll patrollers have a license to enjoy eight-wheeled excitement any time during regular public hours. Skaters can circle the rink to the sounds of music they request from the DJ, or they can blade to throwback tunes while doing the Nixon Hop during retro night every Sunday. After famishing public-skate sessions, the wheel toed can head to the snack bar to put away a large popcorn, a large cotton candy, and a large soda. All 10 skate sessions include complimentary quad-skate rental, with the option to upgrade to in-line skates for a $3 fee or to a 1956 Chevy Thunderbird for a $35,000 fee.
A former three-sport standout at the University of Oregon and current Oregon sports commentator, Jordan Kent employs his athletic experience to lead kids' day camps filled with football, basketball, and soccer drills and competitions. Part of the nonprofit Jordan Kent Foundation, Jordan Kent Skill Camps seek to build self-confidence and discipline in young athletes of all ability levels. For one week, campers train under Jordan and his team of coaches comprised of local high-school athletes, former college athletes, and adult volunteers. The camps aim to teach boys and girls ages 7–13 the value of character and hard work as they engage in a series of scrimmages and contests. A nutritious lunch is provided each day to keep energy levels high, and coaches also build nutrition education into the camps to jumpstart healthy eating habits. On the last day, campers leave with a cookbook full of good snack and meal ideas, as well as a SportHill T-shirt, helping kids remember their time at camp without having to create elaborate cave paintings on the walls of their forts.
At Camp Putt Adventure Golf Park, colored balls carom along the greens of two 18-hole courses spread across two idyllic acres. Rustling trees and ponds provide the setting for relaxing rounds, during which players must putt their way through logs, around flowerbeds, and past other obstacles to keep their scores low.
The City of Eugene Recreation Services' dedicated staffers encourage locals to build strong relationships and muscles through diverse recreation programs offered year-round. They organize and lead snowboarding and kayaking programs for outdoor adventure-seekers, helm dance classes, and operate fitness facilities to provide indoor retreats for youth and families'. At Echo Hollow and Sheldon, staffers slip into indoor pools to lead aquatic fitness classes, or stay out of the water to monitor lap swims. In warmer months, the Amazon outdoor water arena allows swimmers to shoot down water slides at speeds faster than comets sprinkled with coffee. Aiming to make activities enjoyable to all partakers, the City of Eugene Recreation Services provides a bevy of adaptive recreation services for participants with disabilities as well as a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year.