Jump, Tag and Skate Your Way to Spring
Keep warm with fun, action-packed indoor activities for every age.
Raise your hand if you’ve had it with snow.
Me? I’d rather be inside. Wind chill is not my friend.
But all that sitting certainly does something to one’s waistline. And courtesy of our friend, the groundhog, we’re guaranteed six more weeks of this vicious, face-biting winter. Thanks, Punxsutawney Phil.
So what’s one to do? Get fat by the TV, or jump, tag and skate our way to spring? Let’s explore the latter with some beloved local trampoline parks, laser tag facilities and roller skating rinks, where you can shake off cabin fever without getting the shivers. Heck, you might even break a sweat. Take that, winter waistline.
Launch Trampoline Park
The Perks: Little ones forty-two inches and smaller can hop ’til they drop on the special kid’s court, while the big kids can dodge, dip, dive, duck and dodge (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, anyone?) on the fifty-eight by forty-foot dodgeball court. Save time and fill out a waiver before you go, and don’t forget the socks.
The Hours: Feb. 17–20: 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Regular hours Mon., Wed., Thurs. 3–8 p.m., Fri. 3–10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
The Price: Sixty-minute jump pass: $14 (children two and younger free). Special discounts available at 10 and 11 a.m. through February Vacation Week.
More Info: 105 Pace Blvd., Warwick, 401-828-5867, launchri.com.
The Perks: Hop around on the main court, dive into the foam pit or dunk like a pro at Sky Slam, a trampoline basketball court. Save time and fill out a waiver before you go, and don’t forget the socks.
The Hours: Mon.–Thurs. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.–11 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m. (adult SkyJam 10 p.m.–midnight), Sun. 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
The Price: Sixty-minute jump pass: $13 ($8 toddlers)
More Info: 70 Pawtucket Ave., East Providence, 401-383-6000, skyzone.com.
The Perks: Rhode Island’s newest laser tag facility is so hardcore, it’s limited to participants ages thirteen and older. Choose from an evolving list of missions, from traditional laser tag to a hostage-inspired game.
The Hours: Sat. 7–11 p.m.
The Price: Single mission, $7.50, two missions $14, three missions $20. Become a member and receive discounts on parties and games plus three free missions per year.
More Info: 3 Bridal Ave., West Warwick, 401-203-0467, missioncombat.com.
The Perks: Run around in fifteen-minute intervals during laser tag, then head over to the twenty-two-lane alley for a round of bowling.
The Hours: Sun.–Thurs. 10 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m.–midnight.
The Price: Single game $7.50, two games $12, three games $15. Visit on Wednesdays for $5 tag.
More Info: Lincoln Mall, 622 George Washington Hwy., Lincoln, 401-333-8019, cwlanes.com.
The Perks: Fall River’s Lazer Gate offers a comprehensive handicapping system to even the playing field for all ages and levels. Future heist masters: Don’t miss the Laser Trap, a maze of lasers just like the movies — but without all that cash at the end.
The Hours: Sun.–Thurs. noon–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. noon–midnight.
The Price: $7 per game, $25 all-day pass. $1 per Laser Trap session.
More Info: 288 Plymouth Ave., Fall River, 508-730-1230, lazergate.com.
United Skates of America
The Perks: I remember my first and last trips to United Skates. The former, I was eight. The latter, well, I was much older. Both times, I didn’t want to leave. You won’t either, considering this venerable facility offers skating, rock climbing, arcade games and laser tag.
The Hours: Wed. 6–8:30 p.m., Fri. 5:30–9:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. noon–5:30 p.m.
The Price: Admission $3.99–$7, Friday all-you-can eat pizza and skate $7.99. Roller skate rental $4, roller blade rental $4.50.
More Info: 75 New Rd., Rumford, 401-438-9898, unitedskatesri.com.
Narragansett Ocean Club Family Skating Center
The Perks: This South County institution might not be around for much longer (rumor has it, a Dave’s Marketplace is on its way). Head in soon for retro tunes, strobe lights, a disco ball and snacks to bring you back in time.
The Hours: Hours vary; check the Facebook page for an updated schedule.
The Price: Admission $7–$8. Roller skate rental $2.
More Info: 360 South Pier Rd., Narragansett, 401-783-1711.