The grand opening of Coyote Entertainment Center in Lemoore comes at a great time, just at the start of the holiday season, with school children at home on break – and parents no doubt looking for for family-friendly outings.
The massive entertainment center officially opens Nov. 30 and puts several options in one place. There’s an arcade, a bowling alley and movie theater all under once roof (and next door to Tachi Palace Casino for some adult fun).
Of course, it’s not the only place you’ll want to look into. Here are six other suggestions:
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This miniature gold course opened in Fresno last month and is more suited for Halloween, given the theme and decor (animatronic skeletons all around) that creates the right balance of spookiness: intriguing enough for older kids, without giving younger kids nightmares. Also, it’s indoors, which is a plus this time of year. Details: 559-800-0811, ghost.golf
The idea of being trapped in a room with your kids and no discernible way out isn’t at all panic-inducing, right? The escape room craze hit the area about two years ago and there are several to choose from including Fresno Escape Room (it’s in Clovis) and Method Of Escape. Details: fresnoescaperoom.com, methodofescape.com
In case you missed it in the past few years, bowling is cool again. Gone are the days of the dark, smoke-filled bowling alleys. That’s all been replaced with a modern, hip vibe and better food (and drinks for the adults).
Have a need for speed? Check out the indoor electric go-cart racing at Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis. Drivers race around a 1/4-mile track at speeds up to 40-45 mph. There are plastic barriers and helmets for safety. Grand Prix style and tournament group races are available, along with drop-in races. Drivers must be 12 years old and 4 feet, 10 inches tall to race full-sized carts. Details: www.mb2raceway.com
Also worth mentioning is No Surrender Laser Tag, which opened a 34,000-square-foot adventure park next to MB2 Raceway last year. Pro tip: the younger kids get all the good choices (that killer ball pit). Details: www.nosurrendertag.com
Dave and Busters