Galaxy Skateway corrals families for unlimited spins around a gleaming rink, jaunts through a kids-only Playzone, and chances at winning prizes on token-activated games. Duos or quintets can lace up sturdy skates and practice familiar moves, such as skating backward, skating while connecting pinkies, or skating while cartwheeling. After zooming up an appetite, participants can perch at tables nestled near bright wall paintings to sup on a pizza-and-soda feast. Tokens give game players a chance to score treasures such as stuffed animals, and the Playzone beckons tykes to its multihued structures where they can climb, hide, or engage in debates on the necessity of naptime.
Funtown Family-Center's 30,000-square-foot facility echoes with the shrieks and hollers emanating from kids as they careen across the gleaming hardwood ellipse of the roller rink or beneath the black lights of the laser-tag arena. An inflatable obstacle course and indoor playground quarantines hopping youngsters in between cafe-fare feasts beneath beach murals. An arcade offers a selection of video games, and a personal hostess oversees each Fun Town party, helping wrangle attendees as they launch endeavors fueled by pizza and celebratory cupcakes.
Racers fly over the European-style road course, whipping past red-and-black boundaries as they maneuver in and out of the turns and straightaways. While they jockey for position and widen the gap between them and the competition, they listen to the race coverage on their radio helmets, striving to improve on their last lap time by cracking a whip over their engines until they gallop up to 40 miles per hour. This is the Andretti Challenge, one of five go-kart tracks within the six-acre Andretti Thrill Park.
The park?s attractions span amusements for nearly every age, from tyke-friendly fun on Rookie Row to single and double karts on the Super Speedway. The park also encompasses nonmotorized fun, such as the Andretti Edge climbing wall, mini bowling, and a tokenless, card-based arcade. And, as expected at any family amusement park, Andretti's staff includes a team dedicated to handling parties so that parents don't have to sneak into the park at midnight and power the arcade with their car battery. This scope and quality of entertainment earned Andretti Thrill Park the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Best of Melbourne Award: Amusement Parks from the US Commerce Association.
The Sable Nargile's name translates into English as "the black hookah," evoking both the spot's status as a hookah caf? and its relaxed nightclub atmosphere. An array of flavored-tobacco options provide exotic hookah pairings for the caf?'s nightly events and a smoke screen to throw off any spies hot in pursuit. Events range from appearances by local DJs, who fill the space with pop and electronic beats, to screenings of soccer matches and other live sporting events.