10 Places Where Adults Can Indulge in Childhood Fun
Bills, work and traffic: There's nothing that can make you wish you were a kid again quite like the challenges of adulting. If you've ever longed for the days of dosing up on candy, de-stressing with a daily nap and working out your problems over a game of laser tag, then you're in luck — these L.A. establishments are catering to the inner child in each and every one of us. From boozy arcades to tricked-out bowling, these 10 places are guaranteed to help you recapture the simple pleasures of being a kid — even if your mom and dad aren't footing the bill.
The newest of the Bowlero locations, this bowling and arcade center in Westchester perfectly balances the fulcrum between childhood nostalgia and adult entertainment. It's hard to know where to start at Bowlero, but a good bet is the bowling lanes, lit up by black lights and flanked by large TV screens playing surf videos. But the fun doesn't end there. Bowlero also features a large arcade center of games geared toward both kids and adults, such as the full-sized Mario Kart driving experience, the beer pong machine and an air hockey table that spits out hundreds of pucks at once. For the 21-and-up crowd, Bowlero boasts an extensive bar area, serving up a menu of craft cocktails, fishbowls and five varieties of Moscow mule. 8731 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. (310) 670-0688, bowlero.com/locations/los-angeles.
The only thing better than mini-golf? Glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, which is GlowZone's specialty. But the putting courses are only one of many glow-in-the-dark attractions found at this family fun center, which also offers laser tag, rock climbing, a ropes course, arcade games, bumper cars and a laser maze. The facility often holds special events and competitions and offers deals on unlimited play — including adult nights, which cater to those 21 and older. 6051 De Soto Ave., Woodland Hills. (818) 595-000, wdh.glowzonefca.com.
3. K1 Speed
At K1 Speed's indoor go-karting tracks, everyone feels the need for speed. This facility is particularly committed to giving visitors an authentic and high-quality racing experience; to reinforce this principle, the courses are periodically reviewed by professional race car drivers including Boris Said, Travis Pastrana and Ron Capps. Visitors can drive one of K1's high-speed electric karts and test their skills in one of the adult or junior kart races; at K1 Speed, adults and kids never race together. From 10th-birthday parties to bachelor parties, K1 Speed covers the bases of thrill-seeking fun for visitors of all ages. 19038 S. Vermont Ave., Gardena. (310) 532-2478, k1speed.com/torrance-location.
4. Sky Zone
A relatively new type of family-friendly attraction, trampoline parks have recently experienced a boom in popularity with visitors of all ages. The trend was, in many ways, catalyzed by Sky Zone, which touts itself as the "world's first indoor trampoline park." A blend of fun and fitness, Sky Zone's sprawling facility includes an open jump area, workout classes, foam pit, trampoline dodgeball and basketball courts. Sky Zone offers a packed calendar of events and programming, including those geared toward particular ages, ranging from toddler time to a 15-and-older mega jump Saturday night. 7741 Hayvenhurst Ave., Van Nuys. (818) 846-0054, skyzone.com/vannuys.
If ever there was a trend that belonged on this list, it's the arcade bar: an establishment specifically geared toward those who want their adult beverages with a side of childhood fun. Located in downtown L.A., EightyTwo features more than 50 classic arcade games and pinball machines charging between 25 and 50 cents per play. Patrons are encouraged to play with drinks in their hands, as EightyTwo boasts an extensive menu of craft cocktails and beers. EightyTwo is a worthy destination any night but also offers a series of events, including tournaments, meetings of the L.A. Pinball League and parties with live DJs and food trucks. 707 Fourth Place, downtown. (213) 626-8200, eightytwo.la.
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