The chatter from an arcade drifts across the rink at Skate Zone 71, coupled with the aroma of freshly made pizza filling the air near the cafe. There's also the alto blare of faux laser fire in a laser-tag area, and sometimes DJs spinning top 40, hip hop, and R&B. There are public skating sessions as well as evenings just for adults, and the space is an ideal venue for hosting children's birthday parties or gently breaking the fact that the wheel already exists to an excited inventor.
The Chiller Ice Rinks are owned and operated by JMAC, the majority owner of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, ensuring constantly chilled surfaces and a bevy of creature comforts. Public ice skating allows gliders to practice toe loops, triple axels, or the skating scenes from Saving Private Ryan, and then change in public dressing rooms, spectate from the 1,000-person seating section or an enclosed second-story viewing area at the Lewis Center establishment.
Looking to quench a need for speed? Grand Prix Karting has your solution on tap. Inside the 120,000-square-foot center, drivers ages 14 to 88 roar to speeds of up to 30 mph—junior karts for ages 8 to 13 top out at 20 mph—as they hug rubber-tire walls on tight turns and slam the accelerator on straightaways. The center consists of two separate tracks that can be connected into one super track, providing over half a mile of twists, turns, and thrills.
Pins have been toppling at Sequoia Pro Bowl since 1963, but in 2014, the Columbus hot spot has added a new dimension to the bowling game. Its cutting-edge BES X scoring system transforms simple matches into highly interactive experiences filled with fun cartoons and arcade games. Linked to a 42-inch, flat-screen television installed at each lane, the system is capable of tracking statistics such as ball speed and converted splits for more serious competitors. However, casual visitors can use the system's photo capabilities to snap selfie shots that come to life as on-screen animations as they bowl. The BES X technology also has the capability to transform a match into a five-frame, arcade-style experience by loading one of the available games, including Monster Factory, Battle on the Lanes, and Bowling Hood. With its social media connections, the system even allows visitors to check in on Facebook and send text messages directly to the screens of friends at nearby lanes.
Refueling between frames is possible thanks to Sequoia's hearty menu of filling pub-style fare. Guests can also visit the 7-10 Club Sports Bar, packed with ping-pong, cornhole,and karaoke singers reciting the Bowling National Anthem. Or patrons can try their hand at ticketed arcade games that can be turned in for prizes. During the summer months, an outdoor sports bar and 5 sand volleyball courts provide a new arena for friendly competition.
The telltale sounds of fun fill the air at either Magic Mountain Fun Center location, as friends and families careen around tracks in go-karts, compete on mind-bending mini-golf courses, or do battle in bumper cars. Piping-hot pizzas fuel days of rides and arcade games, and the park's varied birthday packages catapult parties into a fun-filled gamut of feasting, bumper boats, and laser tag. Open late, the parks afford guests the opportunity to while the night away or lure their night terrors in front of a speeding bumper car.