In addition to providing recreational enjoyment, riding in go-karts and playing miniature golf are excellent ways to prepare children for a future filled with high-speed car chases and malevolent windmills. Start prepping with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of laser tag, go-karts, mini golf, and other games at Sports Emporium in Carlisle.
Sports Emporium's 20-acre indoor-outdoor entertainment mall invites friendly competition among sportsfolk of all ages. A two-story Lasertron arena immerses up to 34 players in futuristic fantasy during each 40-minute session ($14/person), swallowing teams in 6,000 square feet of glowing, black-lit terrain. Rubber burns on three go-kart tracks geared to drivers of different ages and tricycle crash records ($7); skaters put some squeal in their wheels on the wooden floor of the roller rink ($5.75/skater) as they soak up bright lights and pumping tunes. Castle and western themes dress up two mini golf courses ($7/person for one course; $11/person for both courses) for sunny afternoons of civilized putting amid trickling fountains and lush flora; and an indoor rock-climbing wall provides an experience akin to scaling an actual mountain, but without the yodeling goats.
For friends looking to get a sampling of the adrenaline-packed amusements, the Super Fun Pack ($22.50/) provides a choice of four games at a discounted price and includes a $2 credit on a reloadable card that can be used on more than 100 games in the arcade or traded for a handful of magic beans. Though not covered by today's Groupon, the air-conditioned complex also houses the Victory Lane Café, where weary bodies can celebrate a mechanical mole massacre by filling up on classic American sandwiches, snacks, and desserts.
Carlisle Sports Emporium
At Carlisle Sports Emporium, revelers hone their hand-eye coordination in an arcade with more than 100 games and two whimsical 18-hole miniature-golf courses. Sprawled across 20-acres, the entertainment complex houses the 7,500-square-foot two-tiered LASERTRON laser-tag arena alongside multiple go-kart tracks, defining it as a definitive place to play. Guests can shine up their short game on a medieval-castle or western-themed mini golf courses, practice their best back spins at the roller skating rink, or grab a homemade pizza or french fries at Victory Lane Cafè. Visitors can also stretch their sinews on the computerized indoor climbing wall—which can simulate classic climbs such as El Capitan or Devil’s Tower.
29 S Middlesex Rd.
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17015