575 Underhill Blvd. Syosset, NY 516-921-4242
Indoor arena where kids can play Ultimate Gaga, a version of dodgeball, year-round.
The goal is to be the sole survivor. A player is out when the ball -- a squishy Nerf-type soccer ball -- touches his or her body anywhere below the waist, front or back. Players use the fist or an open hand to bat the ball on the ground toward others, trying to hit them. No throwing or catching of the ball is allowed, but the ball can be ricocheted against the wall to hit players.
In addition to several gaga pits and viewing bleachers, the facility has a full indoor basketball court and an arcade. A floor-video game allows kids to play virtual dodgeball on a dance-floor-size sensor pad. For the parents, there's a soundproof lounge (with a flat-screen TV) that has glass windows to allow viewing of the arena without hearing the noise.
Ultimate Gaga also offers birthday party packages, office and team-building events for adults, bar and bat mitzvah and Sweet 16 parties and teen nights. It will offer toddler times on weekdays, Candel says.Hours: Open play sessions are from noon to 2:30 p.m. or 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Party size: Party rooms