Sometime in 1952, Gilbert and Vernie Kingree stood in front of Stoney Creek Park—the combination grocery store and dance hall they owned—watching a friend skate up and down the street on his new roller skates. The Kingrees, the parents of five children, immediately saw how roller skates could entertain the whole family. They quickly decided to add a wooden roller rink to their facility, and that’s how Stoney Creek Roller Rink & Fun Center was born.
Since that day, the owners have continued to add new attractions in an effort to entertain familial units. These attractions include bumper cars, laser tag, and an arcade with more than 85 games, only half of which are actually sleeping robots. Visitors still glide around a classic roller rink on rented rollerblades or skates, but they can also putt on a nine-hole green-turf miniature-golf course. Smaller visitors hop inside a ball pit after navigating plastic tubes and slides in the indoor play area, and guests of all ages refuel with oven-baked pizza and hot wings served in an onsite restaurant.
Hot Shots Family Fun Center enchants guests of all ages with four outdoor attractions. Three streams, six ponds, and a waterfall line the par-40 miniature golf course, cultivating peace of mind as players grapple with creative hazards. Friends can test their fear factor on the 24-foot drop slide, attack one another with a barrage of cushy Nerf balls using Cannonball Air Blasters or enjoy the Hot Shots bounce house. Everyone enjoys the food at the Nineteenth Hole Cafe, where adults can even enjoy a sip while kids wear themselves down.
It's an impressive achievement. Somehow, Central Park Funland has figured out the exact formula for fun for the whole family. Take more than seven acres of indoor and outdoor space. Add more than 20 rides and attractions?and then find even more room for 100 video and redemption arcade games. The end result: more than 100,000 guests a year of all ages and 364 days of nonstop laughter and glee.
Outdoor attractions welcome visitors to the park during warmer months, and oftentimes that includes the heart-pumping roar of go-karts, which zoom around tracks at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. Other areas contain carnival classics such as the Tilt-a-Whirl as well as a souped-up, adrenaline-packed take on the ferris wheel: the Rock-O-Plane, where each rider's gondola spins upside down.
While mini golf and the other outdoor activities take breaks for snowy weather or the occasional meatball storm, the fun never stops indoors. Here, a futuristic landscape spreads over a laser tag arena, and rock climbing walls stretch toward the ceiling?yet that's still only the beginning. Perhaps it's best to grab some pizza at the cafe and plan out the day's agenda.
Kings Dominion boasts family entertainment ranging from thrill rides to kids' areas, a water park, and live entertainment. Over 17 roller coasters and high speed attractions await groups, such as the all new Windseeker, which plants riders on a 301-foot tower in swings that travel up to 30 miles per hour. A Peanuts themed kids' area entertains with Snoopy rides and discount psychiatric advice, while a 20-acre water park includes high-speed water slides, lazy rivers, and dual wave pools. Guests seeking to take a break can sit back to watch live entertainment, or prepare for zombie uprisings with the Kings Dominion annual Halloween Haunt.
Kangaroo Jac's is more than just an indoor play center. It's a maze, fortress, playground, slide pavilion, and obstacle course. The catch is that every is inflatable. Meaning sock-clad tykes are free to safely bounce and slide off the walls. Additionally, there is a video arcade with air hockey and a snack bar, plus a parent's lounge with free WiFi.
As a professional golf instructor, Leslie W. Mercer worked tirelessly to make the game accessible to everyone. His daughter, Anne Marie, opened The Highlands Golf Park in 1997 to ensure her father's efforts–and more importantly, perhaps, his love of golf–made an impact on future generations. To this day, The Highlands remains a family affair. Anne Marie's daughter, Gretchen Scheuermann, now runs the park and guides golfers as a LPGA Class A teaching professional.
The Highlands Golf Park provides a robust golfing experience to match its rich history. A versatile driving range is the centerpiece of the facility's practice features. Carved into the natural landscape, the range boasts 44 grass and mat tee stations, areas for pitching and chipping, and lights for practicing at night or after accidentally popping the sun with an errant tee shot. Away from the range, players can soak up tips during lessons or polish up their short game by putting through the 18-hole Pirate Pete's Mini Golf Course.