Some things are more family friendly when done on a smaller scale, such as playing golf or sinking battleships. Enjoy an activity at its optimal size with today's Groupon: for $15, you get an all-inclusive package at Ellen's Amusement Center in Cedar Hill (up to a $34.50 value). The package includes:
- Admission to paintball, including gun rental, CO2 tank, mask, and 100 rounds of paint (up to a $20 value)
- One round of miniature golf (a $5 value)
- Two batting-cage tokens for 20 pitches each (a $3 value)
- Eight arcade tokens (a $2 value)
- One four-minute go-kart ride (a $4.50 value).
Ellen's Amusement Center delights families with three paintball courses, a two-story arcade, and a slew of other outdoor activities. Players strike stealthily from behind trees and barrels in the wooded paintball area, and tacticians match wits and trigger fingers on the trench-warfare course, on which team members must choose when to fire, when to run, and when to stealthily disguise themselves as unassuming mannequins. Colorful golf balls explode through obstacles on the mini-golf course, bouncing beneath the tracks of a miniature roller coaster or rolling down the neck of an enormous guitar. The two-story arcade and batting cages pit humans against machine intelligences bent on building fortunes of tokens, and flesh-and-blood opponents race each other in circles on the open go-kart track.
Though Ellen's Amusement Center sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Ellen's Amusement Center
Since its opening in 1988, Ellen's Amusement Center has provided visitors with a full range of family fun, including mini golf, go-karts, and paintball. The 18-hole miniature golf course is littered with such whimsical obstructions as a diminutive oil rig, a mini rollercoaster, and the obligatory windmill. Racers negotiate hairpin curves on the tire-lined go-kart track. A crossfire of chromatic projectiles enlivens four paintball fields, where players dive behind bunkers on the speedball courses or camouflage themselves as commando squirrels on the woods field. The facility also boasts batting cages equipped for hardball and softball as well as a redemption arcade filled with two stories' worth of video games.