Up to 30 players can battle in Zaps Zone's 6,200-square-foot multilevel arena. They can choose from 12 different game modes, including base mode, free-for-all, and team free-for-all, all of which are more fun and challenging than using the guns to pick up disks in games of tiddlywinks. Between games, vistors nosh on pizza and hot dogs at the snack bar and catch up on the latest sports scores on the three 50-inch televisions. Meanwhile, tykes hop around in the inflatable bounce castles.
Slipping down one of five thrilling slides, winding their way through boulder cove, or stopping to refuel at the Lazy River Café, families relish the chance to spend time together while taking respite from summer heat. As kids hone their strokes during swim lessons, parents can lounge poolside or obliterate calories during a water aerobics class. After workouts, the picnic area provides a shady spot to lay out a lunch brought from home, purchased at the snack bar, or willed into existence. On Friday night, the water park gets a dose of sound waves as DJs spin tunes. Throughout the season, kids take advantage of themed activities on Country Western Day, Princess Day, and Pirate Day. The pool can also be rented out for private parties and functions and makes an ideal spot for birthday parties.
Paint flies all weekend long at Antioch Paintball Park, as teams of players vie for control of two fields littered with hay-bale obstacles or Sup'Air bunkers. Large nets next to the field protect observers and wayward butterflies from paintballs. The field boasts a large grill area for teammates to tell colorful war stories while eating grilled hot dogs and gulping down energy drinks after a quick rinse in the onsite showers.
Umigo Racing sends adrenaline-seekers careening through its indoor track atop high-performance carts that hit speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Umigo's sleek black roadsters whiz effortlessly through hairpin turns, speedy straightaways, and electrifying highway tolls, kindling excitement whether in competition with racing companions or tearing by on a solo session. Upon arrival, drivers suit-up in a freshly laundered race suit and neck brace, swathing craniums in a brand-new head sock. Racers fly through up to 20 laps in a single session on the innovative course design, which transforms into one of 20 different configurations every two to three weeks to keep rubber-burners on their toes.
Gator Paintball’s 27-acre facility boasts 10 diverse courses full of stealthy hiding spots. Players can choose how to divide their days among any of the courses. Suit up in provided gear and head for the Graveyard speedball course, where dearly departed hamster ghosts have the advantage over speeding paintballs this time. The Western Ghost Town course features an underground mine tunnel, an array of spooky edifices, and vehicles sitting at a spine-tingling standstill. Finally vindicate your genie wish for the ability to see through wood inside a two-story log cabin, or navigate a tree-filled field that surrounds a three-story castle. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and the facility opens during the week for reservations of at least 10 people. Other on-site features include spectator viewing on five fields, cooling mist fans, and a community of budding paintball artists. Reservations are recommended.
The Alameda County Fair Association provides entertainment through daily horse races, live music concerts, food, kids' attractions, competitive exhibits, livestock awards, and more. Bring family, friends, and ribbon-worthy swine to enjoy activities like pig races, tractor races, dog races, food-eating races, and an anticlimactic petting-zoo race. This year's fair boasts an eclectic lineup of performers, such as the renowned Beatles cover band BeatleMajesty, Grand Funk Railroad, Lonestar, and War. The range of activities at the fastest-growing fair in America is so vast, it makes the great plains seem like the plain plains.