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Grown-Up Play Time

Kids can't have all the fun


If watching the neighbor's kids spend a warm summer day playing in the yard, running a lemonade stand and daring to call that work makes you feel that your post-adolescent existence has become hum-drum, don't worry: There are plenty of places in Boise where you can be a kid again.

Want to see glowing, fluorescent dinosaurs in 3-D while launching a golf ball through the bow of a pirate ship? Shankz black light miniature golf course in Meridian (82 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian) takes you through a jungle, underwater and on a prehistoric journey—all in about an hour and inside a strip mall. Play some air hockey, pop on your 3-D specks (totally worth the extra $2), and hit the links. Hit a hole-in-one past the pterodactyl with bulbous biceps on Hole 18 and win a prize.

Feeling like something more fast-paced than a game of golf? Fast Lane Indoor Kart Racing (12048 W. Franklin Road, Boise) lets you live out any Mario Kart fantasy you may have had as a child (sans banana peels and Princess Peach) but in way-cool Sodikarts that cruise around the indoor track at nearly 40 mph. A timing system posts lap times instantly on a giant scoreboard and provides each racer with a printout of lap times to the thousandth of a second. Perfect for bragging rights and putting on the fridge.

Want mini golf, go-karts, batting cages, bumper boats and a gigantic arcade, all in one water-park-adjacent location? Wahooz Family Fun Zone (1385 Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian) provides more fun than a night in Hollywood with Charlie Sheen, before the rehab, of course. Work off your frustrations hunting your friends down in the laser tag facility.

Cool off next door at Roaring Springs Water Park (400 W. Overland Road, Meridian), whether you want to get your adrenaline pumping on the Mammoth Canyon raft ride or risk losing your swimsuit in the White Water Bay Wave Pool.

More of a gamer than an almost-real-sport enthusiast? Game World (7709 W. Overland Road, Ste. 100, Boise) has plenty of virtual treats for the kiddies and barley pops (aka beer) for the supposed grown-ups. Shoot dinosaurs, dominate at skee ball, go on an alpine ski adventure or reminisce with classic PacMan.

Just remember, you're only as old as you feel.