Before the Industrial Revolution, entertainment centers consisted of rustic diversions such as cup-and-ball, anagrams, and stirring rounds of the silent game. Appreciate the electrified fun of modernity with today's Groupon to Stars and Strikes, good at the locations in Cumming, Dallas, and Dacula. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of bowling, games, fare, and drinks.
- For $39, you get a summer pass for unlimited weekday bowling with two-for-one bumper cars and laser tag (a $99.99 value).
Both Groupons are also good for $25 off a birthday party ($150+) anytime in 2011.
Stars and Strikes treats congregations of thrill-seekers to a seemingly ceaseless surplus of group fun, with 55,000 sprawling square feet of bowling, bumper cars, laser tag, arcade games, and delectable entrees and drinks. Twilight bowling ($3.39–$4.39/game on weekdays, $5.19/game on weekends, or $21.99–$26.99/hour, plus $3.99 for shoe rental) features lane-side meal delivery, bumpers, cosmic bowling with DJs on Friday and Saturday nights, and mammoth TVs to entertain sulking gutterballers. The bowling bourgeoisie can upgrade to Boutique bowling, earning access to more than a dozen gleaming lanes with upscale seating and amenities. Diffuse sibling disputes with cathartic bumper cars ($3–$5/session) or strap on a glow-in-the-dark fiber-optic vest, embrace the powerful contours of a phaser, and burst into the black-lit laser-tag course with a melodic battle cry ($5/round). Stars and Strikes also houses more than 100 arcade games ($5 for 20 credits) featuring human-motored classics such as skee-ball and air hockey alongside more modern games such as Dance Dance Revolution and Awkward Cafeteria Protest.
Summer-pass holders can riot through the dog days with unlimited bowling and free shoe rentals on weekdays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. from May 23–August 30. The summer pass also grants two-for-one deals on laser tag and bumper cars, perfect for battle bonding and couples therapy. When energy reserves are fully spent, guests can take refuge in Coach's Corner, where nontraditional bowling-alley fare such as lemon-garlic tilapia with sauteed shrimp ($12.99) waits to wrap its warm lemon-juice-and-butter-slathered arms around hankering faces. The Vince Lombardi Lipsmacker burger ($7.99), surf 'n' turf ($14.99), and other delectable options can sate more substantial appetites and a list of salads provides lighter fare.
Stars and Strikes
The sound of fans cheering the Atlanta Braves or the neon lights beaming from the nearby laser-tag course signals to guests entering Stars and Strikes' 55,000-square-foot facility that they are far from their neighborhood's bowling alley. At state-of-the-art bowling lanes, guests enjoy food and bar service while watching sporting events on large TVs. An adjacent room crisscrossed with a thicket of neon-green lasers joins a bumper-car arena where players raucously prepare for their workday commute. Complimenting the myriad activities and arcade with more than 100 games is a restaurant and bar boasting gourmet pub fare such as blackened-tilapia salads, popcorn-shrimp wraps, and green-bean fritters.