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.