The sounds of hockey sticks slapping pucks, ice skates carving figure eights, and trampoline springs squeaking fill Midwest Training and Ice Center. Adding to the soundscape, experienced staff members shout words of encouragement during adult and youth activities that unfold throughout the 34,000-square-foot gymnastics training facility and the Olympic-sized ice arena.
To help visitors grab an edge on their competition, personal trainers stage workouts in the fitness center, which includes strength and cardio equipment, group classes, and locker rooms equipped with a sauna—one of the best ways to relax post workout, and the second best way to cook a turkey. Though the facility focuses on competitive-training programs, its doors also open for public skates, open gyms, youth summer camps, and birthday parties.
Open until at least midnight nightly, Dyer’s night-owl-friendly Stardust Bowl III hosts bowling face-offs in a sprawling complex with 48 lanes. Merrillville’s even larger Stardust Bowl II lets patrons scatter pins on one of 68 lanes or shoot for table pockets in the billiards room. Arcades at both alleys bolster joystick-specific agility, and after working up an appetite hefting heavy balls, bowlers can quell their hunger at Merrillville’s coffee shop or Dyer’s full-service restaurant. Birthday parties and groups garner special discounts at both alleys, and at Dyer’s partygoers can keep secret handshakes truly secret by retiring to one of five private party rooms.
While watching the 2005 film Roll Bounce, moviegoers were probably too busy staring at roller-skating stars Nick Cannon and Bow Wow as they busted high-flying, acrobatic moves on the rink. With so much action on screen, audiences may not have had the chance to notice something slightly subtler—that the film was actually shot at Lynwood Roller Rink and Miniature Golf. Take one step inside the old-school facility, though, and the location scout’s pick seems almost too obvious: the rink's dedication to classic decor, such as bright-red neon lights and multiple disco balls, give it the feel of an untouched time capsule. But don’t let the vintage vibes fool you entirely—the rink also hosts new-school events.
Jak's Warehouse's bright green, off-kilter sign hints at the fun to be had behind its weathered-brick entryway. Within the industrial-themed indoor playground, children dodge beams of light in a laser maze, collide in a bumper-cars arena, and navigate tunnels and launch volleys of foam balls in a Ballocity climbing structure. Under the glow of black lights, they compete in games of laser tag and play through a nine-hole, city street-themed mini-golf course. The four-story Sky Trail climbing structure’s elevated platforms and swinging ropes let small visitors nearly touch the ceiling of the expansive space, while on the ground, nearly 100 modern arcade games fill the Warehouse floor with lights and Morse-code messages from Pac Man to his wife. Though Jak’s Warehouse doesn't permit outside food or drink, casual café fare is available at the on-site Forklift Restaurant, including sandwiches, hot dogs, and pizzas.
Inside each Sky Zone location, a wall-to-wall half-pipe made entirely of trampolines gives children and adults a venue where they can safely hop, bounce, and somersault to their hearts' content. The vast, taut, springy flooring doesn't end at the walls, but instead the trampolines continue upward to form angles. Visitors can meander along the bounceable terrain in the open trampoline arena, throw themselves into the giant foam pit, or sharpen their competitive edges in trampoline-assisted sports such as basketball and dodgeball. SkyRobics classes merge gravity-defying fun with fitness during instructor-led workouts that include calisthenics, core exercises, and strength-building aerobics to help guests shed calories without hurting their joints or taking a wrong turn on a treadmill.
Have a movie that you have been dying to see? Check it out at Showplace 12 in Schererville.
Pick up a tasty meal at their restaurant, located conveniently within the theater.
Take the kids along too — this theater is a great spot for families with activities that even little ones will love.
Drive ins aren't just for fast food restaurants! Make a visit to the drive-in theater and watch a movie conveniently from your car.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.