Great Play's trained instructors have two goals: help kids develop motor skills and ensure they have a blast. At Great Play, tykes from 6 months to 10 years build the foundational elements that can help jump-start early athleticism and self-confidence. Rather than endlessly repetitive drills, coaches keep kids engaged with fun-focused lessons that incorporate games and activities specific to little ones' ages and abilities.
Of course, learning only starts with the right environment, and at Great Play that's been designed as a truly unique space called the Interactive Arena. The 3,000-square-foot room features eight projectors, a directional sound system, and over a dozen sensor systems that detect kids' movements. All this advanced equipment allows kids to step into a video game where their physical skills come alive digitally. Kids learn to throw, for instance, by hurling a ball at a projected shelf, lined with digital bottles that break upon impact. Kids ready to tighten their throwing techniques can pitch into an animated strike zone, as the Arena's walls transform into a stadium filled with cheering fans. Younger kids develop their skills through imaginative play like limbo on a sunny beach, freeze-dance sessions where the best poses get captured and projected on the big screen, and jumping lessons that take place in wintry hills.
iFLY’s state-of-the-art indoor wind tunnel lets acrophobic and aerophobic adrenaline junkies experience the sensations of skydiving under safe conditions. iFLY will suit you up with a helmet, goggles, flight suit, earplugs, and a can of gravity repellent, before an instructor teaches you the basic maneuvers and hand signals. Once you've learned a lesson, you'll be unleashed into the vertical tunnel’s artificial wind current for some air time at terminal velocity. The entire process lasts about an hour, including waiver signing (flyers under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign), a 15-minute class, and a flight slot during which your group takes turns flying. In addition to the flight experience, the multimedia package includes one souvenir video.
Indoor skydiving is accessible to a wide, family-friendly age range, meaning that Grandma and Grandpa can celebrate their 60th anniversary with more than the traditional cake shaped like Andy Griffith. iFLY’s free observation deck allows for maximum show-offiness, so invite along an audience of hard-to-impress friends, lovers, and butlers to marvel at your simulated plummet through the heavens.
Strikz Entertainment features everything groups need to entertain themselves, keeping the party alive until midnight or later with bowling, billiards, complete food menu, arcade games, and a full bar. The center boasts 20 standard bowling lanes with computerized scoring and automatic bumpers along with meeting space for large group events. Twelve more lanes wait in the Rose Room, a boutique bowling lounge with a 23-foot projection screen, high-definition televisions, and cozy couches for people to sit in between frames. Upbeat music in the laser-tag arena gets pulses racing while casual gladiators prowl throughout the area's fog-filled corridors and blacklit wine cellars. A hundred games fill the arcade area, inviting guests to rest for a bit and test their reflexes with a round of skee-ball or Pac-Man.
In between matches, Strikz Entertainment refuels patrons with hearty servings of hamburgers, finger foods, and cocktails. Servers also drift throughout the space, providing lane-side service to guests and encouraging them to purchase United States savings bonds.
A coalition of ice arenas endorsed by the Dallas Stars, Dr Pepper StarCenters help nurture athletes of all ages and skill levels with activities on or off the ice. Dr Pepper StarCenters house NHL-regulation ice-hockey rinks that host hockey leagues for players of all ages, eradicating the need to play on dangerous frozen lakes dotted with irritable frozen geese. StarCenters' skate academies instill students with the fundamentals of ice hockey or figure skating, allowing them to progress to hockey leagues and local skating competitions if they choose. To warm up after laps around the Euless ice rink, skaters can check out the onsite baseball stadium, batting cages, soccer fields, and Texas Star Golf Course. All locations are open for birthday parties and special events; see each location's website for details.
The staff at Kids-N-Art come from many backgrounds, but all share degrees in arts or education and buckets of enthusiasm. Summer camps introduce projects such as throwing clay on a pottery wheel or rehearsing a musical to be performed at the end of the session. Kids’ classes develop skills in painting, mixed media, and cartooning, and events such as Parents’ Night Out let kids take a break from nagging their moms and dads to clean their rooms and relax with some pizza and games.
Brush the dust off those old skates sitting in the closet and give them an good whirl at Hockey Ambitions Training Center in Frisco.
Check out this club's restaurant, where you can stay for lunch or grab your meal to go.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly activities at this club just as much as mom and dad.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
For a great skating rink, all the locals head directly to Hockey Ambitions Training Center.