Miniaturization often presents significant advantages—take the TV version of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, whose running time perfectly matches the average time between sour-gummy-worm cravings. Shrink some sports down to size with today's deal. For $10, you get one day of unlimited go-karts, bumper boats, and miniature golf at Malibu Grand Prix (a $19 value). This all-inclusive facility is located about 25 minutes northwest of downtown Atlanta in Norcross.
Lead-footed motorists and boatorists can experience the best of each with unlimited access to Malibu's high-performance go-karts and weaponized bumper boats. Zip around hairpin turns, pick up speed on straight-aways, and seem to fly over banked curves with a passenger in tow aboard Malibu's safe and speedy four-wheeled chariots. If other drivers cut you off at the pass, take out your frustrations on a group of hapless boaters. Your buoyant water skimmer is surrounded with bumpers to encourage planned crashes, and the vessel comes equipped with a mighty water cannon perfect for drenching enemies or spritzing overheated allies. After an afternoon of speed, slow down with the thoughtful, zen-like meditation that is miniature golf.
Mini golf is one of the few sports a person can successfully play for a lifetime, and comes in handy for actual golf, weed whacking, and defending your home from a renegade windmill that can only be stopped by a properly timed ball that soars between the windmill's blades and lodges itself in the windmill's air-intake pipe.
Today's deal is a great chance to let kids and child-like adults hone their skills for regular-scaled sports. Plus, unlike other competitive activities, such as dogsled racing and rap battles, Malibu Grand Prix has a shallow learning curve. In the interest of safety, bumper-boat drivers must be at least 44 inches tall; go-kart drivers must be at least 18 years old and 54 inches tall, while their passengers must be at least 40 inches tall. Before hitting their four-wheeled speed machines, go-karters should pull back hair longer than their shoulders and be sure to wear completely enclosed shoes.
Like most fun kid destinations, Malibu Grand Prix can try the patience of worn-out grownups, but review gurus say its games and attractions are worth the hustle, bustle, and adolescent anarchy. Both Yahoo! Travelers and four Yelpers give the park 3.5 stars:
5400 Brook Hollow Pkwy.
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