Go-karts can help teach children the fundamental rules of the road: Its banked tracks reenact dangerous cul-de-sacs, and its rules remind of the importance of wearing a helmet while driving. Conduct your own crash course with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get four go-kart tickets, 10 batting-cage tokens, and 20 arcade tokens at Selden Batting & Grand Prix, located a mile east of Nichols Road Route 25 (a $39 value).
Selden Batting & Grand Prix satisfies the competitive appetites of fun-starved families with a wide variety of outdoor attractions. The Grand Prix racecourse invites pedal-pushers to test their slaloming skills behind the wheel of one of three gas-powered go-karts, each equipped with safety harnesses to keep competitors strapped into their unencumbered carriages. Rookie carts allow juvenile drivers (50 in. and taller) a chance to rule the road, and the double-seaters leave room for a hitchhiking instructor ($6 per ticket value, all go-karts). Mirth-seekers can also fine tune swinging skills with baseball and softball batting cages, where machines lob practice balls of varying speeds and orbits ($1 per token value, 10 swings per token).
Selden’s arcade assembles a cross-section of computerized competition and old-fashioned favorites. Engage hand-eye-leg-solar plexus coordination with virtual festivities such as Dance Dance Revolution, air hockey, and basketball, and then exchange your high scores for prizes ($0.25 per token value). Or, feel free to take a seat at the shady picnic pavilion and entertain taste buds instead by sampling from a spread of homemade ice-cream flavors or one of the 85+ different flavors of italian ice, including spumoni crème, cherry, and rainbow.
Selden Batting & Grand Prix
The squeals of tires and the cracks of bats reverberate across the grounds of Selden Batting & Grand Prix as fun-seeking guests get their blood pumping. Big kids and adults buckle up in gas-powered Grand Prix carts, whereas kids at least 50 inches tall get behind the wheel of Rookie Karts and those too tiny to drive slip into a double-seater next to Mom or Dad. After a victory lap, groups don helmets at the batting cages to swing at baseballs, softballs, and floating Faberge eggs. Inside the arcade, hands slam pucks at air hockey and shoo away impulsive jazz hands at Dance Dance Revolution, as redemption games challenge gamers to win prizes.
Selden’s ice-cream stand, meanwhile, overflows with more than 85 flavors, as well as rainbow italian ices, chocolate sundaes, and soft serve. Guests celebrating a birthday can make a reservation for an ice-cream-sundae party or other themed event at Selden, replete with games, go-kart rides, pizza, and sundaes.