The family is the basic unit of society—yet, statistically, family members are the very people most likely to steal your Arch Deluxe. Solidify family alliances and suss out enemies with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a 7-inch personal pizza, a medium soda, three hours of unlimited video games, a round of mini golf and a game of laser tag at Rink Side Sports and Family Entertainment Center in the Gurnee Mills Mall. Rink Side was named one of the best places to have a birthday party in a past issue of Parents magazine.
Rink Side is part black-lit space terrain, part family game room, and part pizzeria. Buckle into a laser tag vest and prepare to be transported into another dimension—a darkened, 2,000-square-foot, neon-scintillating arena where you’ll blast beams at friend and foe alike in a tense match to see who is the laser prince. Or, if you’d rather putt peaceably amid glowing hues, opt for 18 holes of black-light mini golf. Rink Side’s mini golf is under-the-sea-themed, surrounding players with sharks, turtles, and treasure chests filled with cicada molts. When game time comes, update your away message for three consecutive hours of screen bonding.
After a long day of play, cash in any game tickets for prizes in the arcade, and recharge with a medium soda and 7-inch pizza from Rink Side's restaurant and snack bar. Purchase multiple Groupons to treat your friends to a fun, fancy-free outing, secretly training them to see in the dark so they can protect you from race cars without headlights.
Though reviews are limited, Rink Side Sports and Family Entertainment Center gets a four-star average from five Insider Pagers and an average of 3.5 stars from three Yelpers. It has more than 1,000 fans on Facebook.
Rink Side Sports and Ice Arena
Tip-toeing around black columns illuminated with rings of neon, players catch and zap friends the second they show themselves under the fluorescent light's glow. This happens every day inside Rink Side Sports' 2,000-square-foot Laser Blast arena, which accommodates up to 20 players per match. Just outside that arena, an arcade erupts in a cacophony of bells and whistles emanating from more than 100 video and redemption games. Nearby on the ice rink, ice is carved during public skating hours and kids master the triple Lutz during figure-skating programs led by experienced instructors, many of whom belong to the Professional Skaters Association. These activities all exist under one roof, as well as a 2,700-square-foot 18-hole black-light mini-golf course and a snack bar, which serves hand-tossed pizzas that can be tossed by hand into eaters’ mouths.
6152 Grand Ave.
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