Getting out of the house is often hampered by the fact that most houses are located inside a bigger and fancier house. Step outside of the house outside of your house with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a bowling package for six at Terrace Sports, located in Temple Terrace (up to a $52.95 value). The package includes:
- One hour of bowling with shoe rental for six people (a $22.20 value)
- Any one pizza (up to a $15.75 value)
- $15 worth of game-room tokens
Terrace Sports indulges human fun glands with an all-encompassing combination of classic entertainment, modern games, and mouthwatering refreshments. Pin clobberers can strike out on five first dates at once during an hour of bowling, replete with six pairs of shoes and any piping-hot pizza from Terrace's on-site grill. Fervent joystickers can dispense their $15 in tokens amid Terrace's blinking battalion of arcade games. Take turns testing your mettle on Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution, or eschew digital diversions for time-honored classics such as skee-ball and air hockey.
Although Terrace Sports offers daily specials, this Groupon still represents the most flexible deal available.
Someone's little brother shrieks, mournful at being too small to play laser tag with his cousins. Another youngster wants to bowl, but can’t pick up the ball. To Terrace Sports's manager, John McMillan, these are simple problems. A crew member scurries through the laser-tag arena, holding the toy gun for the little boy who would otherwise be too small to play. Another sets up a ramp at the top of a bowling lane, helping the toddler to push the ball into the pins with a satisfying clatter.
Smiling on as his staff solves such crises, McMillan strolls through Terrace Sports, which he remodeled after taking the reins from his father. Leading the way to the laser-tag arena, skating-rink, indoor-climbing wall, bowling alley, and arcade, murals stretch down the entryway, saluting the nearby Hillsborough River with more than 85 depictions of the waterway’s inhabitants, dynamic ecosystem, and naturally occurring steamboats. The entryway leads to the snack bar, where a full menu of gator tail, buffalo burgers, and sweet-potato fries glide down countertops handcrafted from teak and embellished by solid-brass elephant heads.
Entering the laser-tag arena gives one the sensation of delving into the interior of a complex machine, with mechanical parts strung with LED lights lining the walls and generating an eerie glow. Imaginations run wild as players choose to take on roles as monarchy loyalists or rebel forces, with both sides fighting for command of the heart of the machine and firing at one another's bases. The guns, powered by unlimited ammo, unleash streams of crimson and emerald light, and fiber-optic aiming ensures pinpoint accuracy. Vests beep when another player is taking aim, giving warriors a moment to find obstacles to hide behind or nearby portraits of themselves to hide in front of. On an observation deck, cheers rise from friends and chaperones as a 32-inch monitor displays scoring and live footage from six in-arena cameras.