After more than 70 days of summer vacation, youve got all the signs of a summer well spent – eyes still bloodshot from chlorine; thumbs aching from late-night video game marathons; stomach lodged permanently in your throat from multiple rides on the Corkscrew, Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster.
Now, with only one weekend standing between you and the new school year (some school systems have already returned), its time to review your summer vacation checklist and spend the next 48 hours in a frantic quest for even more fun.
To get you started, here are a few attractions worth checking out:
Piratez Cove Battle Arena
This summer, Crazy Pinz opened its 4,000-square-foot pirate-themed laser tag. Surrounded by two levels of day-glo pirates, smoke and ship masts, customers battle each other against a backdrop of cannon fire, clanging swords and the voices of swashbuckling pirates. Owner Dave Kerschner describes it as a Disney-like experience.
Were seeing first-time players come in and they barely shoot the guns, he says. Theyre just standing there, looking around at everything.
Weekend hours: Noon to 1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Crazy Pinz, 1414 Northland Blvd.
Cost: $5.95 a person
This is the second summer for the revamped New Haven Parks pool, which boasts 5,336 square feet of fancy slides, water domes, ground sprays and a giant bucket of water that fills up and tips over (its much cooler than it sounds). If youve spent your summer floating in a backyard pool, Jury Pools colorful chaos is not to be missed. Although Fort Wayne pools are closed for the summer, Jury Pool will stay open this weekend and next, giving latecomers an opportunity to discover the hidden gem.
Weekend hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Aug. 25 and 26
Where: Jury Pool, 1702 Glencoe Blvd., New Haven
Cost: $3.50 (ages 3 to 17 and 55 and older), $4.50 (ages 18 to 54)
Tokens-N-Tickets Pizza Shack
The new Tokens-N-Tickets location, which opened in June, has a pizza buffet and a ton of games. New this summer is Connect Four, Ice Age, two Monster Drop games, Wheel Deal Extreme and Big Bass Fishing.
Weekend hours: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday
Where: Tokens-N-Tickets Pizza Shack, 5820 Coldwater Road
Giant Fruit Ninja
Youve probably been practicing Fruit Ninja on your phone all summer. Now its time to show everyone what youve got. Putt Putt Fun Center installed a Fruit Ninja game – featuring a 4-foot-wide touch screen – this summer. Situated near the front door, the game quickly became one of Putt Putts most popular, manager John Snyder says.
The kids see it and run right for it, he says. And everyone has been playing it on their phone, so you see some amazing players. Its really fun to watch.
Weekend hours: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily
Where: Putt Putt Fun Center, 4530 Speedway Drive
Cost: $1 for four tokens. (Summer special: 80 tokens for $10)