With whirling colorful lights and a top-40 playlist, Roller Kingdom could give visitors the illusion that they're in a nightclub. But instead of dancing on the floor, guests strap on rollerblades or roller skates to glide across it. Novice skaters can improve their form during lessons or trade in their skates for laser-tag equipment and duel it out with friends in order to win prize tickets and the right to wear a homemade laser-tag championship belt made out of tinfoil. Outside the rink and laser-tag den, guests can play arcade games or belt out their favorite songs on the karaoke stage.
Maxamillians Billiards and Sports Bar allows cue gurus to battle it out in a 9,000-square-foot colorful-orb haven. With 14 regulation-size Connelly Ultimate tables, Maxamillians invites chalk jockeys to prove their angle-judging prowess or to illustrate the tricky tenets of Newton's 16th Law of Motion. Balls collide in a cavernous brick-lined room in the 9,000-square-foot bar, leaving plenty of room between tables. An 80-foot bar keeps throats wet, and the Boston Pizza Company dishes brick-oven pies to pool sharks.
Squealing giggles and the buzzing of arcade games echo throughout the 10,000-square-foot Funtagious Fun Center, an indoor center filled with family-friendly attractions, voted “Best Family Fun Spot” by the Lowell Sun Poll. Underwater sea creatures, pirate treasure troves, and other deep sea features glow in Shankz, an indoor, black-light miniature golf course where golfers take aim at holes carved into pitch-black greens. The sound of toppling pins emanates from a quartet of miniature bowling lanes, where youngsters can roll strikes as easily as strongmen can squeeze butter out of a bundt cake. Guests can also square off in games of billiards, or at the "Balladium" ball blaster arena, the "Time Freak" time challenge arena, or take on classic arcade games such as skee-ball and air hockey.
With six distinct courses etched into the New England countryside, Sterling Golf Management promotes pin-hunting recreation for Boston-area golfers of all abilities. The longest and most difficult of the six, The Shattuck Golf Club's 18-hole course kicks off with a 409-yard par 4 where players hack their way toward a green that is visually wreathed by the rising red rocks of Mount Monadnock, setting the tone for a scenic, 6,764-yard round. Groves of trees ensconce the fairways and barter over carbon dioxide at Norwood Country Club's recently renovated course, a relatively flat layout characterized by smallish greens and flanked by a lighted driving range. The newest member to the Sterling Golf Management team is the Rockland course, where 18 par-3 holes wind between tall oaks for a picturesque par-54 round. Designed in 1921 in the Donald Ross tradition is the Maynard Golf Course, a picturesque par 70, 9-hole course with a full-service clubhouse. The same sylvan makeup returns at Newton Commonwealth's course, where lush tree lines cast shadows over a creek as it snakes across the fairways of seven holes. Rounding out the grassy sextet, Chelmsford's nine-hole course takes golfers careening across 2,467 yards of narrow fairways, placing straight drives or skilled golf ball pilots at a premium.
Although it’s a sprawling, multi-leveled gym with separate areas for aerobics, cardio machines, and boxing, the folks at Forever Health and Fitness Center strive to cultivate the ambiance of a small neighborhood club. To truly invoke this sense of community, they provide even more than their already impressive lineup of gym amenities, which include 18 diverse group classes, an outdoor floor-hockey rink, and saunas—they also house an on-site hair salon and a full service pub where exercises can toast to a great game in the racquetball courts.
Aromatic spices blend with hearty meats and veggies on Madras Grill's extensive menu, which is filled with traditional Indian cuisine. A house blend of coriander, red chilies, cumin, and turmeric joins chicken for a dip in a pool of light onion-and-tomato sauce in the Madras chicken curry, which is finished with a refreshing splash of coconut milk ($13.95). Artisan Indian breads ($2.50–$8.95) soak up runaway sauces and bake in a range of styles, from unleavened and deep-fried to stuffed or invisible. The smoked-eggplant punjab specialty, baigan bharta ($12.95), sates vegetarians, while a meat-filled trio of chicken tikkas, lamb kebabs, and shrimp cooked in a tandoor oven pairs with protein seekers in the Madras mixed grill ($17.95). Warm yellow tones surround wooden tables and chairs cushioned with burnt-orange cushioned seats. Decorative lighting illuminates entrees, and a wall-mounted wooden wheel stares unblinkingly at a large TV flickering behind the sleek bar.