In need of some family bonding time? Check out Main Event – it’s a nationwide chain of activity-based entertainment centers that now have two locations here in Arizona! I was so delighted to have been chosen for a sneak peek, even more so that I was able to invite my cousins to come along! We visited the Avondale, Arizona location.
These are my cousin Stephanie’s kids. What I thought was really cool was that despite their age differences, they were able to enjoy all the offerings together at Main Event. We went on a Monday to take advantage of the $5 Unlimited special. That meant unlimited bowling, billiards, laser tag or gravity ropes.
The first thing to know about the Main Event is that it’s perfect for all ages and groups of people. Whether it is a girls night out, or a co-worker happy hour, or date night – there’s something here for all of those scenarios. While it’s very kid-friendly, there are also creative cocktails and beers for adults.
We chose bowling as the kick off to the experience. The kids loved big video screen that played music videos, the twins even started singing and dancing as they prepped to take their turn at the lane.
Stephanie said she loved this photo team board that featured their photos along with their scores.
As a mom, Stephanie appreciated the bumpers in the bowling lanes (used in bowling gutters to help beginners). She set it up at the start of the game so that the bumpers were activated whenever one of the twins took a turn, but for herself and her teen son, Anthony, they deactivated. It made it easy to level the playing field for the family!
Then it was time to eat! The Main Event has several options depending on what kind of mood you’re in. There’s a chef-inspired casual dining area with cocktails, appetizers, and meals; and there is also La Bella’s Pizza and a banquet area. We went with Colossal Pretzel, two entrees and one kids meal with macaroni and cheese. And guess what? The Main Event gave us two $10.00 giftcards for ordering the two entrees.
You’ll also find entrees such as baby back ribs, salmon, steak, and fish & chips.
Time for Laser Tag! This is a glow-in-the-dark course set to music and features pillars, arches and passageways that guests have to maneuver around. You’ll work up a sweat, but it’s worth it just to go through the cool murals that cover each wall!
After that, gravity ropes – these were challenging – but fun – for the kids, even 15-year-old Anthony! The Main Event team members suit up each player in a safety harness and then they are suspended in mid air! It’s up to them to navigate through various tight ropes, planks and bridges. All skill levels can handle this, but it does take practice, concentration and focus, which is a great confidence builder!
They went through these twice and stayed on for twenty minutes. This was such a great activity to promote unity and partnership. I could see this as a great team building exercise for companies or groups.
After that, they wanted to go play some old school games, like air hockey! The games averaged at about $1.65 each, and there were also video games, pool tables, and photo booths, which went up to about $5. or more.
Stephanie said the kids loved the experience and she would consider hosting a birthday party here. She even met a family that had a party at that location (Avondale, AZ) and it came highly recommended!
Overall, we thought the Main Event was a great place for disconnecting from regular life and just having fun! The vibe really helps your mind escape from stress and be in the moment. Especially at this time of the year, before things get too crazy with the holidays.
To learn more about Main Event, visit their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow the hashtags #EatBowlPlay and #HeadForFun to see all the fun everyone is having at Main Event locations around the country!
Go to MainEvent.com to find a Main Event Entertainment Center near you
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Main Event. The opinions and text are all mine.