Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Go-karts
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
At Putt-Putt Fun Center, there's no shortage of fun activities?all of which are family-friendly. Mini golf gives groups the chance to hone their whacks on an 18-hole course, and the go-kart track offers cars designed for kids, grown-ups, or both parent and child. The batting cages are another way to take on some friendly competition, as participants practice their swings in hopes of sending a ball soaring across the cage or back into the tube it came out of to teach it a lesson. Those activities can also be rolled into a birthday party package, which may include access to a private party room and pizza.
Though Science Central, a non-profit organization, first opened its doors in 1995, the facility touts a history that dates back to its opening in 1929 as the city?s light and power plant. Now the building illuminates minds instead of bulbs, with 32,000 square feet of exhibit space, a rotating schedule of traveling exhibitions, three classrooms, and a demonstration theater. Budding minds venture through horizon-broadening exhibits that cover diverse scientific areas such as the human body and meteorology.
Stepping into the Roller Dome Skate Center is like traveling back in time to the 1950s. The two retro rinks on the north and south side of town are still run by original owner Marg Wall—now in her 90s—who is proud to say that the centers' gleaming floors and '50s decor still draw skaters of all ages. But some things have changed. Amid modern amenities including with air conditioning, advanced sound systems, and lighting, skaters can enjoy turns round the rinks during open-skating sessions and special events, such as birthday parties and family nights. The seasoned instructors teach newbies how to skate during group lessons, and in speed-skating sessions, skaters learn how to quickly race around the track, practicing avoiding banana peels left by gorillas in go-karts. Both centers also offer on-site pro shops, where guests can outfit their skates with colorful wheels and skate bags.
Canlan Ice Sports has three NHL-sized rinks, and all three receive their fair share of carvings during professional skating lessons, open-skate sessions, and high-intensity hockey leagues. Of the many offerings, the center’s weeklong hockey camps develop trainees' agility and shooting skills, just as its three-on-three youth-hockey leagues pit one inadequate barbershop quartet against another. Regardless of the reason for arrival, visitors can always grab food and refreshments at the Thirsty Penguin, a full-service restaurant and bar that overlooks the rinks and doubles as a secret meeting spot for Batman’s roundest nemesis. For off-ice excitement, guests can visit the inflatable playground, freely traversing the double-sided slide and other components comprising the bouncy playland.
Lazer X FW is a haven of laser-guided fun and arcade amusement. A labyrinthine arena holds up to 40 laser taggers as battle rages over four tiers. Ultraviolet and strobe lights illuminate the billows of fog that obscure skeletons and aliens. Their newest game, Lazermaze, tests the agility of its participants through a room fraught with security beams and cowlick-fixing moms. The cavernous facility also contains an arcade stocked with Dance Dance Revolution and other joystick-based amusements.
Set your strike ball loose on any of the 32 spacious lanes at Crazy Pinz, all of which are surrounded by a mass quantity of flat-screens and projection screens. As you catch a sports game on the surrounding videoscape, track your real-life championship with the center's state-of-the-art scoring system. Though not included in the Groupon, if hunger and thirst start splitting your stomach, pick up some spare eats at Coconutz, a full-service eatery on site, or squelch desires for deliciousness at the Snack Shack, a stop-'n'-go destination dedicated to fueling today's unsung American heroes—children.