If the winter weather has you on the hunt for some indoor family fun, look no further than these six local entertainment complexes, which offer an array of amusements for every age.
DAVE AND BUSTERS IN WEST NYACK
At the heart of this family eatery and entertainment center is a lively midway arcade with a noisy, casino-like atmosphere, where hundreds of games will challenge and amuse the young and young at heart. Play the games for tickets, which can be exchanged in the Winner's Circle shop for an assortment of prizes ranging from candy and stuffed animals to tantalizing (and nearly impossible to win) electronics like video games and iPads. If the razzle-dazzle of the midway gets to be too much, billiards and shuffleboard offer lower-tech ways to play.
At the full-service restaurant, the children's menu plays it safe with universal kid favorites like chicken tenders and buttered pasta, while grown-up entrees feature heaping helpings and more adventurous choices, such as Cajun shrimp or peppercorn steak. There's also a full bar offering beer, wine, specialty cocktails and frozen drinks.
Pricing: Games cost from 2 to 12 "chips" -- currency that's loaded onto a Power Card -- and three chips are equivalent to about $1. A $10 Power Card might last for about 25 minutes of play, depending on the games you choose. An "Eat, Play, Win" combo package for $17.99 might offer the best bang for the buck; it includes a choice of eight entrees, a $10 Power Card and 100 tickets toward Winner's Circle prizes. Upgrades are available.
Info: 4661 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack; 845-353-1555; www.daveandbusters.com/locations/StoreInformation.aspx?StoreId=15
FUNFUZION AT NEW ROC CITY IN NEW ROCHELLE
This five-zone entertainment complex offers a smorgasbord of attractions for every age. In the Fun House, rides such as the Mini Whip, The Frog Hopper and a full-size carousel will give little ones a carnival experience indoors, while laser tag, a simulated roller coaster ride and hundreds of arcade games will keep tweens and teens happily occupied.
The whole family can have a groovy time bowling under the disco lights to a live DJ at Roc n' Bowl, or take a surreal journey along a multithemed, glow-in-the-dark course in Glow Mini Golf. For speedy thrills, anyone over 48 inches can be a passenger and anyone over 60 inches can be a driver in a race around the tracks at Speedway Go Karts. For a bit of grown-up relaxation, there's a wine bar and billiards area at Rack & Cue.
Burgers, hot dogs, fries, pizza, wings, desserts and soft drinks are available for purchase in the Galaxy Café, located in the Fun House. The Last Frame Café, in the bowling alley, offers the same menu plus a bar.
Pricing: Load any amount you like onto a refillable Fuze Card. Video games start at $.50 per game; rides start at $3.25 per ride; laser tag is $9 per session; bowling is $4.75 to $7.75 per game; mini-golf is $8.95 per person; go kart rides are $5.95 or $8.50 with a passenger; billiards tables are $5 to $8 per person, per hour with discounts for groups.
Info: 19 LeCount Place, New Rochelle; 914-637-7575; www.newroccity.com
GRAND PRIX NEW YORK AND SPINS BOWL IN MOUNT KISCO
Amusements at this 120,000-square-foot venue range from a gigantic, 26-by-30-foot bounce castle for the wee ones to VIP bowling and cocktails for the late-night crowd, but the main event here is go-kart racing.
Each of the venue's three racetracks is a quarter-mile long. Children ages 8 and up can race around the Kids Track at 14 mph; younger kids can't drive, but they can ride shotgun if they're 40 inches tall. Teens age 13 and older get their own place to race -- the Brownstone Track -- while a driver's license or permit will grant those 16 and over access to the Uptown Track, where racers can zoom around at up to 40 mph. For a virtual racing thrill, choose a race car and a speedway at a famous locale such as Indianapolis, and test your skills in an advanced racing simulator in the Sim Room.
The high-tech bowling alley features 12 public lanes and seven VIP lanes, all aglow with cool effects such as neon lights, lasers and videos displayed on LCD-projection screens. The complex also has arcade games, a smallish miniature golf course and a couple of billiards tables. Fuel, the on-site restaurant, offers drinks, appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees.
Pricing: Go-kart access is $10 for adults 16 and up, $5 for kids; races start at $10 for kids, $15 for teens and $20 for adults. The Sim Room starts at $15 for 15 minutes. Bowling is $25 to $45 per lane per hour; shoe rental is $5. Most arcade games are $1.
LIFE, THE PLACE TO BE IN ARDSLEY
Mom and Dad can relax and take advantage of free Wi-Fi while the kids burn off steam with a variety of high-energy activities. The 29,000-square-foot venue features a soft play area where children age 9 and under can climb and play in a safe setting. There's a climbing structure with tubes and slides, as well as a feet-on-the-ground toddler zone with play houses, bead mazes and other age-appropriate toys.
An indoor rock-climbing wall will challenge athletic youngsters, while laser tag, air hockey and a 3,000-square-foot arcade provide a satisfying array of electronic thrills for young gamers. Four mini bowling lanes offer old-fashioned fun for the whole family.
There's a cafe on the premises, serving up casual fare such as pizza, hot dogs, salads, panini and snacks.
Pricing: $10 admits up to three guests, and it's $5 for each additional guest; laser tag and rock climbing each cost $7 per person; bowling is $4 per game; arcade games range from $.25 to $3.
Info: 2 Lawrence St., Ardsley; 914-591-4400; www.lifetheplacetobe.com
SPORTIME USA IN ELMSFORD
Sporty kids and young thrill seekers will find plenty to do at this indoor play zone and restaurant. Little sluggers can put on a helmet and take a swing -- or 20 -- in one of nine automated batting cages set to various speeds. Young daredevils can try to make it to the top of a 24-foot rock-climbing wall. For unstructured active play, kids can monkey around on a two-level jungle gym with tunnels, slides and ball pits, or suit up for a high-tech adventure in the space-themed laser tag arena.
The arcade features games for all ages, including some with popular themes such as Jurassic Park, Star Wars and the Simpsons. Video simulation stations let kids experience virtual adventures such as downhill skiing or snowmobiling. Gamers can win tickets to redeem for prizes.
Amusement rides include bumper cars, the Himalaya Coaster, the Mini Twister and a 10-seat XD theater featuring realistic special effects -- such as light, heat, wind and motion -- to excite all the senses.
After a day of play, families can refuel at the All Star Grill. The restaurant serves snacks, appetizers, salads, sandwiches and hot entrees.
Pricing: Amusement rides are $3 per ride; XD theater admission is $5; the climbing gym is $6; laser tag is $8; rock climbing is $4; the batting cage starts at $3 for 20 pitches.
Info: Route 9A, Elmsford; 914-592-2111; www.sportimeusa.com
WOOD'N WHEEL FAMILY FUN CENTER IN ULSTER PARK
The centerpiece of this complex is a 9,000-square-foot maple skating floor, complete with music and light effects, where youngsters can roll around on traditional roller skates or in-line skates. On Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, there's a special Tyke Time session, which features a bounce house and an inflatable slide, a walk-on piano, an assortment of ride-on toys, age-appropriate tunes and an exclusive skating session for kids age 6 and younger.
Additional amusements include a redemption arcade, bumper cars that can spin at 60 rotations per minute, a self-adjusting rock wall that changes up the angle and speed to suit the skills of the climber and a laser tag arena with extreme lighting effects. And if you come back when the weather's nice, you can test your nerve outdoors by climbing the 26-foot outdoor rock wall, bungee jumping onto a trampoline or tumbling around in the Spaceball gyroscope.
Pricing: Skating admission is $6 to $10; roller skate rental is $2.50; Tyke Time admission is $10; laser tag is $5; the rock wall is $2; bumper car rides are $2.
Info: 365 Route 9W, Ulster Park; 845-331-9680; www.woodnwheel.com