Things To Do In Surprise


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  • The Big Red 5K
    Ray Heon’s friends and family describe him as a man who had a big heart, a part of which was devoted to the Washington Redskins. These traits inspired the name for The Big Red 5K, a race established to celebrate Ray’s life after he died of cancer last November. Participants are welcome to run or walk the course, which begins at Lyman Memorial High School, loops around the Lebanon Green, and then ends at the Jonathan Trumbull Library. It’s fitting that those two buildings bookend the race, as a portion of all proceeds will be used to donate technological devices to them. Runners can commemorate their day by posing for photographers before or after the race, and they each receive a race packet with a T-shirt, race bib, and swag from the race sponsors. Participants or robots at the end of their battery packs can also opt to complete just a small segment of the race (one lap around the Lebanon Green). Those there to cheer runners on can spend the day listening to live music and visiting the food and merchandise vendors.
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    15282 West Ventura Street
    Surprise, AZ US
  • Chambers of Fear Haunted House
    When the macabre minds behind Chambers of Fear opened their first haunt more than 20 years ago, their bone-chilling scares filled only a three-car garage. Over the years, though, the attractions have grown to encompass everything from haunted corn mazes and scream cams to infinitely long algebra tests. These days, the experience stretches more than 25,000 square feet, with high-tech animatronics, creative scares, and traditional maniacs scattered among three haunted houses: Scary Tales, Darkness: Industrial Nightmare, and Chambers of Fear. Including "some of the best scares in the industry," according to Ed Edmunds of Travel Channel's Making Monsters, the sprawling spookfest startles with bloodied ghouls and manifest phobias alike.
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    11340 W. Bell Road
    Surprise, AZ US
  • Bouncing Bubbles
    You could get your friends together for a game of regular soccer. Or you could play bubble soccer.?Bouncing Bubbles organizes and officiates the latter, which finds players fitted inside inflatable spheres that they can use to knock against opponents as they scramble for control of the ball. Shoulder straps and handles keep the sphere secure against the body, though openings at the top and bottom keep the legs free to run and the respiratory system free to, you know, breathe. Packages include the bubble suits, goals, balls, and a Game Master, who explains the rules of a few variants of the game and acts as referee. Customers need only secure a place to play, such as a gymnasium or a grassy field or park.
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    14748 West Charter Oak Road
    Surprise, AZ US
  • Fightertown Paintball Park Phoenix
    Freshly splattered paint drips down the mazelike barricades and buildings that speckle Fightertown Paintball Park's two large fields, each of which pose their own scenarios and challenges. Players in full complements of rental or personal gear dive behind abandoned buildings in the urban landscape of Field 1, seeking advantageous flanking positions and picnicking sites by sneaking through the streets. Players deploying onto Field 2 descend into fox holes and trench combat, which teams can navigate by communicating through secret messages composed of paint splatters. The arenas host open-play sessions as well as long scenario events.
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    195th Ave. and Happy Valley Rd.
    Surprise, AZ US
  • Ghostlight Theatre
    Local thespians Matt McAuley and Richard Vines banded together with the Dysart Community Education Department to conceptualize Ghostlight Theatre on the tenets of entertaining and educating the community with the dramatic arts. The theatre's live productions give members of the community an opportunity to flex their theatrical muscles through acting, designing costumes, and pursuing careers as prop trees. Meanwhile, Ghostlight Theatre’s summer camps prepare budding thespians aged 10–18 for their moments in the spotlight.
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    15550 N Parkview Pl
    Surprise, AZ US
  • Surprise Hookah Lounge
    Surprise Hookah Lounge’s menu of more than 50 shisha flavors ignites olfactory senses with the tastes of sweet fruits and savory chocolate. Designed with relaxation in mind, the lounge lets visitors kick back under plumes of hookah smoke or try their hands at games of pool. Music, movies, and belly dancing serve as weekly entertainment. During karaoke on Tuesdays and Thursdays, singers belt out their favorite tunes or hum along to the constant buzzing sounds in their ears.
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    12751 W Bell Rd., Suite 11
    Surprise, AZ US
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