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It may be cold outside, but there are many great places to enjoy quality family fun indoors this winter. Here’s a look at just a few of them!
Andy B’s Bowl Social
With bowling, an arcade, laser tag, and diverse food and beverage menu, Andy B’s Bowl Social prides itself on being a family fun entertainment center, says Missy Robertson, vice president of special projects and promotions.
“There’s something in there for everyone to do … it’s for the whole family,” she continues. “You can bring your 85-year-old parents or your 3-year-old and you’re comfortable. It’s just a very family-fun, healthy, safe environment.”
As bowling is in the name, Andy B’s offers 20 lanes of bowling, including 10 that are considered VIB or “very important bowler” areas. “We try to keep it updated as much as we can,” Robertson says. “We did just get brand new benches and seating and brand new bowling balls.”
Bowlers can enjoy lane-side food and beverage service or dine in the full-service restaurant or bar. “Our food is not your old style what they used to call ‘bowling alley food,” Robertson adds. “We have updated very high-end food that is so good to eat.
Andy B’s also has a large arcade, which Robertson says includes a mix of social games and attractions and virtual reality. And the venue also offers laser tag and a variety of table games like Giant Jenga, ping pong, and board games.
And Andy B’s regularly offers a variety of special promotions. For example, kids 12 and under eat free on Wednesdays with a $9 or more menu purchase by an accompanying adult. And every Monday all attractions are half-price.
“Also if you sign up for our emails, you’ll automatically get $10 of free play,” Robertson adds.
If you have kids who love their Nerf Blasters, then you definitely need to schedule a trip to The Battlefield here in Denton.
According to owner Holly Olson, The Battlefield provides an affordable family-friendly atmosphere for Nerf Wars played with Nerf Blasters that shoot foam darts. Olson says all ages are welcome to play and children under six are asked to have an adult accompany them.
When players buy a pass, a Nerf Blaster is provided to them. Or Olson says they can bring their own. “Some of these kids have their own arsenals at home, so they like to bring their own blasters in with them,” she explains.
Olson says players are also required to wear safety glasses when in the arena, which are also provided by the venue.
Once armed and protected, kids play their way through The Battlefield’s arenas, which include tanks, ships, sniper towers, and forts they can play in and on and hide behind. There’s also glow-in-the-dark and black lighting for extra fun factors.
During the school year, The Battlefield offers open play on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Olson says Friday night is “Nerf Apocalypse” with a zombie apocalypse theme, while Saturdays and Sundays are more family-play-oriented. “We do a lot of like parents versus kids games and things like that on the weekends, so it’s family-focused,” she says
And whenever there are school breaks, The Battlefield offers special camps, says the venue’s manager Hannah Beggs. “We’ll do them over Thanksgiving break, Christmas break, during the summer, (and) spring break,” she says. “We do Nerf Camps that’s four hours of a whole bunch of different games. They get to move the obstacles on the field and everything and build their own forts and stuff like that.”
Altitude Trampoline Park
Kids and adults can jump to their hearts’ content all winter long over at Altitude Trampoline Park.
“During the winter especially, a lot of people don’t want to be outside,” explains general manager Kiersten LeQuieu. “This is Texas so it’s not always snowing, but when it does occasionally it’s nice to have a place to go inside and hang out with the family instead of just sitting in the house all day. It’s a good place to get exercise as well.”
The venue’s attractions all focus on trampolines, LeQuieu says, and include regular and performance trampolines, trampoline basketball, gymnastic tumble track, and a foam pit. The park also has a stunt bag that allows someone to jump from the second floor of the venue onto a giant cushion. And there’s also a rock wall where if you fall, you land in a foam pit.
Altitude also offers two levels of trampoline dodgeball — juniors and seniors — whenever they are open. “We always have a staff member in there at all times directing the games, so whoever wants to join in can join,” LeQuieu says. “And we do have private dodgeball games for all of our birthday parties.”
For those who need a break from jumping, LeQuieu says they also offer an arcade and concession area at the park.
Altitude is open Wednesdays through Sundays and offers some special deals throughout the week. For example, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Wednesday through Friday is Toddler Time for younger children.
And older kids have their own special time to jump during Friday Night Friendzy on Friday evenings and Teen Night on Saturday evenings. “It’s three hours of jump time for a very discounted price and it comes with a slice of pizza,” LeQuieu details. “Most of the middle school (and) high school kids come and jump at that time and hang out.”
Free Play Denton
For those who have yet to visit Free Play Denton on the Square, be prepared to see every single classic old arcade game that you would expect to see in an old-school arcade, says Corey Hyden, president of Free Play Arcade.
“We’ve also got a bunch of ridiculously rare, obscure stuff we’ve imported from Japan,” he continues. “We’ve got about 20 pinball (machines) there. We’ve got some pretty obscure fighting games. It’s an experience unlike any I’ve ever been to in an arcade. It perfects what I call the basement arcade.”
Visitors pay one price to walk through the door and all games are on free play, allowing you to play as much as you want, as long as you want, Hyden says.
“You get to experience these arcade games however you want — there are no stakes,” he explains. “If you want to play a game, you just get to walk up and play it. You don’t have to worry about quarters or dollars or your game card going broke.”
In addition to its regular open hours, Free Play Denton also offers a variety of special events. For example, Hyden says they host kids’ events centered on a 10-player simultaneous arcade game called Killer Queen.
“We also do these really cool events where we just highlight an obscure game and we all just meet together and play it,” he adds.
And for when you need some nourishment and hydration after playing all those arcade games, Free Play Denton offers what Hyden calls an “elevated arcade menu” including items like pressed sandwiches and flatbread pizzas. And their bar touts about 30 craft sodas and more than 150 craft beers at any point.
“My long-term background was in food service and hospitality, so I wanted to make sure that when we opened arcades, people are going to actually like the food,” Hyden says. “It’s something we take seriously.”