As the weather turns cooler, celebrating the season often means bundling up on the couch with a mug of cocoa and a heated book, which is great until stir-craziness sets in. Today's Groupon offers the cure by getting you out of the house and onto the ice with an ice-skating pass and skate rental at Centennial Sportsplex for $4 (an $8 value). Ice skating was invented in 1983 as a means of enjoying the company of others in a cold setting, a goal that Napoleon declared, "The ultimate pursuit, although it inevitably ends in too much fun." Sk8 or Die: Vertical Rush: When a Russian nuclear submarine gets trapped in the arctic ice, the only skater who can get close enough for a rescue attempt is five-time Olympian and U.N. Mercenary John Nash. But who is sending him mysterious text messages about the secrets that lay in wait at the top of the world?Sk8 or Die: Meltdown: John Nash is ready to represent the United States in the Beijing Olympics. But when factory pollution causes massive ice meltage across the nation, Nash is forced to face the deadliest foe of all: climate change.Sk8 or Die: Seventeen-Seventy-Sk8: This time-bending prequel follows John Nash as a voodoo amulet causes him to go back in time and inhabit the body of his great-great-grandfather, a colonel in the Revolutionary War. Released in the United Kingdom as The Skate-triot.
At Sumner Skate Zone, disco balls shower the blue-and-white-checkered floor with sparkling patches of light. As the beat rolls onward, so too do the wheels of traditional, speed, and inline skates. Off the rink, an arcade room buzzes with the sounds of reckless point scoring and the giggles of ticklish joysticks.
During skating breaks, visitors can refuel on pizza, nachos, and cookies at the snack bar or peruse the center's stock of skating gear and accessories. Open-skate sessions, parties, and special events populate the arena on a daily basis. An afterschool program helps to ensure kids have a safe place to do their homework or discuss the impact of performance-enhancing drugs in the world of spelling bees.
A-Game Skate Academy’s staff of experienced skating instructors helps pupils perfect their gliding form year-round from the indoor rink at A-Game Sportsplex. Though the teaching approach varies based on skaters’ age and experience, the skating curriculum begins with classes that focus on basic balance and posture before pupils advance to more challenging material in later classes, such as hockey-specific skills, figure-skating jumps, and how to parallel-park a zamboni.
A-Game also offers many open-skate sessions, allowing guests to practice their form on their own time. Before taking to the ice, skaters can peruse the pro shop for skate guards, blade covers, gloves, and other necessities or rent out a pair of skates so they don’t have to fashion their own out of a cowboy boot and a machete.
Slowly tiptoeing through a thicket of greenery, a warrior stumbles upon a stack of blocks hidden among glyphs. Lost in an attempt to decipher the etchings, he fails to hear the enemy approach, who then fires his weapon into the warrior's back. The warrior emerges unscathed, though his team has taken a hit in this round of tag in Laser Chase's 4,000-square-foot jungle-themed arena. Between 15-minute laser-blasting bouts, visitors can gather in the viewing area to watch other contests or amble into the arcades for battles on the small screen. Alongside open play sessions, Laser Chase also hosts birthdays, corporate cage fights, field trips, and gatherings with various party packages available.