In addition to providing recreational enjoyment, batting cages and miniature golf courses are excellent places to prepare children for a future filled with curveballs and malevolent windmills. Foster future success with today's Groupon: for $9, you get one round of mini golf for two children (15 and younger) and two adults, or 30 minutes in the batting cage (an $18 value for either) at Batter's Box Family Fun Center in Milton.
Housed in a bright blue barn, Batter's Box Family Fun Center is a flourishing farm of batting cages and miniature-golf challenges. Two adults ($5 each) and two children ($4 each for children younger than 15) may take on tropical-themed Adventure Island, which packs full-sized athletic competition into 18 scaled-down holes. As miniature golfers move their teensy feet throughout the greens, they are peppered with putting obstacles that include fountains, erupting volcanoes, and the shipwreck of the S.S. Minnow.
Aspiring Hank Aarons can opt for a half-hour in one of the fun center's 10 batting cages, where softballs and baseballs bravely catapult themselves at offending bats. Having chosen between softballs and baseballs, batters can pick their cage based on its pitch speed, which ranges from a slow softball arch to a cheetah-aping 70-mph fastball.
So-Yo & Batter's Box Family Fun Center
Housed in a yellow barn, Batter's Box Family Fun Center is a flourishing farm with batting cages and miniature-golf challenges. At the 18-hole, tropical-themed Adventure Island Course, miniature golfers move their tiny feet past putting obstacles that include fountains and the shipwreck of the S.S. Minnow. At the fun center's five batting cages, softballs and baseballs catapult themselves at bat-wielding hitters. Having chosen between softballs and baseballs, batters can pick their cage based on its pitch speed, which ranges from a slow softball arch to a 70-mph fastball. Those looking to host group events or celebrate their birthdays at Batter's Box can rent an upstairs party room where guests mingle and indulge in gourmet cupcakes.
More sweets abound at So-Yo Frozen Yogurt Shop, a haven of self-serve frozen treats that boasts 15 different flavors on a given day. Guests crown crested caps of yogurt with 30-plus toppings before kicking back on a country-style outdoor deck to revel in their custom creation.