Bumper cars collide, mini roller coasters swerve along tracks, and tubes weave around slides at a soft play area inside The Hollywood Connection's 160,000-square-foot facility. Roller or inline skates glide to pop and rock tunes in a rink illumined with cyber lights and IntelliBeam, and the laser-tag arena glows in neon paint, black lights, and fireflies that carry demands across enemy lines. Elsewhere, golf balls tumble down greens toward 18 holes with themes such as the Old West, an underwater cove, and the prehistoric era. An arcade hosts more than 100 driving, racing, and combat-simulator video games, and a 15-screen Carmike Ritz movie theater treats up to 2,000 viewers to new releases on digital, 3-D-capacity screens. Visitors can reenergize between attractions with popcorn or snow cones from the snack stand (open Friday–Sunday), nab cones from the ice-cream parlor, and shape stacks of nachos into pompadours at the '50s-themed diner.
Wiseguys Comedy fills Salt Lake City’s state-mandated laugh quota with its rotating schedule of local and national joke handlers. Upcoming appearances include rising comic Spencer King performing an atypical set of irreverent musings at Ogden on February 25 and 26. Equally all-ages-appropriate joke spinner Steve Soelberg, "not Kevin Bacon," steps up to the mic at Trolley Square on March 3, making audiences guffaw as hard as dentists’ trifecta of nitrous oxide, gum-tickling mouth feathers, and insistence on doing old Steve Martin routines during a fluoride treatment. Wiseguys recommends checking the comics out on YouTube to get a flavor for their acts before catching a show.
Expose your pupils and ear canals to an impressive 10-hour lineup of mainstream country acts performing across multiple stages. Headlined by the platinum-album-selling, award-winning Montgomery Gentry, Country Throwdown also plays host to up-and-coming acts such as Ashley Ray, an ex-cheerleader with a guitar pick in one hand and a beer in the other, on the Blue Bird Café Stage. To pregame for the festival, view the full stage-by-stage set list here and enjoy a free seven-song Country Throwdown Tour digital sampler here. To fully immerse yourself, check out the Country Throwdown iPhone app.
The factory-trained technicians and car therapists at the family-owned Young Buick GMC revitalize road warriors' wheels with maintenance services aimed at promoting longevity. The standard oil-change treatment tends to the health of engines, draining gunked up chambers before replenishing them with six quarts of fresh-churned motor butter, proven to improve vehicle efficiency and the taste of day-old pancakes. Doors and hood hinges are luxuriously lubed, and a fluid leveling and included inspection ensure that cars are ready for the open road. While waiting for your horseless carriage's spa visit to conclude, delve into Young’s selection of complimentary snacks and coffee, or use the shop's free WiFi to check your email for lice.
This season, the Utah Grizzlies, fearsome ECHL vets, take to the ice led by the slicing skates of captain Nick Tuzzolino, who, along with assistant captain Cody Lampl, helms the ruthless checks of the team's newly acquired defenseman. As the brawny lineup pressures the Condors' defenses, goalie Andrew Engelage attempts to keep pucks from sneaking into the net, which fills with monarch butterflies after every team victory. The Salt Lake Tribune analyzes coach Kevin Colley's new roster, musing, "more size and more talent…beyond just scoring more, the Grizzlies hope to flat-out intimidate opponents." Since 1994, the ECHL premier AA hockey team has sent 200 players up to the NHL, a statistic nearly as delectable as the fresh-cut shaved ice for sale rinkside.
Eschewing the over-the-top costumes and writing that typify many other murder-mystery dinners, The Dinner Detective Salt Lake City’s cast of improvisational actors blends in with audiences, holding secrets tight to their chests while steering each night’s tension-filled storyline. After a diner is found murdered, a resident detective helps lead the investigation, allowing guests to interrogate one another with Tickle Monster tactics to distinguish the culprit among the crowd of fellow diners and dissembling thespians. Multicourse meals keep bodies well fueled during spurts of crime-solving intuition, and a prize basket awaits the gumshoe who comes closest to solving the case.