At Extreme Fun’s inflatable playland, kids bounce, climb, and slide across 27,000 square feet of springy tunnels and obstacles. With feet snug inside socks or thumbless mittens, young ones can explore the climate-controlled play area’s collection of sturdy inflatables, which include Nickelodeon characters, Superman–theme obstacle courses, and Finding Nemo stations that take kids through the cushy mouth of a great white shark. In addition to the inflatables, extreme Fun also features a collection of interactive video games.
The instructors at Lu Lu’s Pottery help students transform their talents into tableware through a variety of techniques and classes. Use glass remnants to recreate unforgettable scenes from Footloose on tabletops in the tiled-tables class ($50+), or brighten up the path to a backyard outhouse by enrolling in the stepping-stones class ($15+). Retired wedding DJs can repurpose their spinning skills in the individual wheel-throwing class ($50), creating receptacles large enough to hold their vast memories of the bunny hop, and homeowners with difficult soil can create a tree sculpture ($40) to replicate absent foliage. Classes last two to eight days and include one to two firings, tools and clay, and expert guidance. Call to inquire about current offerings and to reserve your spot in class.
Thomas and Friends Live! stars the beloved characters of Thomas, Percy, Diesel, and all their friends in a fun-filled theatrical extravaganza. The latest production, Thomas Saves the Day, follows the gaggle of anthropomorphic trains as they prepare for the annual Magic Lantern Festival on the island of Sodor. As the engines work together to repair the lighthouse that guides visitors to the island, children will learn important lessons in discovery, friendship, cooperation, and how to slip loose from a giant octopus while scuba diving. The 90-minute musical's brand-new songs will have tots clamoring in adulation for an encore and throwing gummy bears onto the stage, the highest form of pre-K praise.
The 18-hole, par-71 Springfield Oaks course, with the spatial sprawl of its front nine and the tree-packed tightness of its back nine, offers an ideal habitat in which to improve your swing or battle your broker in an all-or-nothing, x-treme golfing throwdown. The Jerry Matthews–designed Red Oaks, recently re-opened, features a fun and challenging 9-hole course on well-groomed greens. Purchase two Groupons and combine them to play 18 holes of golf at Red Oaks, doubling your chances of hacking away at the course's 31 par.
At Shark Club, the casual atmosphere makes it a comfortable spot for a pub-style meal. Diners can even nab a free game of pool with a food or drink purchase. On an average evening, cues click against balls on the table in the corner, a trio of friends laughs over drinks by the bar, and a server brings out plates of baked whitefish and barbecue-bacon burgers. If you?re in the mood for southwestern tastes, try the steak fajitas with saut?ed peppers and sweet onions, or if that isn?t filling enough, prepare yourself for the Monster burger. This 4-pound grilled burger comes with ham, bacon, two cheeses, and onions on a hand-crafted country bun and will take at least four stomachs or one cow to conquer.