We are outdoor enthusiasts but when it is 100 degrees in the shade, it's time to start looking for some indoor activities which is how we discovered PINSTACK. New to the Plano area January 15th, PINSTACK is a 50,000 square foot entertainment complex loaded with fun things do plus two full service bars and a new American Bistro. As soon as we arrived at the impressive structure and great outdoor patio and then saw the well done inside and were warmly greeted by some friendly staff, we knew we were in for a good time. The grandkids were excited and jumping for joy before we even entered the building.
It looked like it was going to be hard decision on what to do first but the decision was quickly and easily made when I found out we could enjoy some drinks and appetizers in the private VIP bowling section of PINSTACK - how special is that. PINSTACK has 28 state of the art bowling lanes in a modern and attractive setting with lots of big screen TVs, an easy to use scoring systems, and lane side bar and food service. Quite a change from the last time I was bowling in an alley so smelly, noisy, and full of smoke that I could barley see the pins! Although I lost to the kids (is it fair for them to use gutter bumpers?) and my daughter, we had fun. For the next week I paid the penalty with a sore bare and sore arm.
The VIP bowling section of the PINSTACK bowling alley is in it's own space and separated from the rest of the lanes - so it's quiet and special! It's home to about 10 lanes and has a dedicated wait staff who when we were there were very attentive and keep us well stocked with drinks - which could be another reason I lost to the grandkids. The VIP area also has a meeting room with audio visual equipment and it's perfect for a special occasion, corporate event, or birthday. While we were bowling a small corporate event was bowling a few lanes over and I just happened to notice their appetizer platter and we had to have one. Wow was it good - wings, potato skins, cheese sticks, chips and salsa, and unbelievable macaroni pops - breaded macaroni on a skewer! In addition to that there are several other appetizers as well as pizza, burgers, short ribs, mahi mahi, salads and flatbread's and lots more that you can order off of the restaurant's menu and enjoy as you roll a strike.
Now my back is sore, my belly is full, and I've had a couple drinks but the grandkids are pumped and ready to go enjoy the attractions. With drink in hand they drug me off to ride the bumper cars - which is really not much fun with a bad back and a belly full of food and drink! But it only took 30 seconds and I was all over the arena and ramming the grandkids as fast as possible - my wife kept yelling bully - but that didn't stop me. What did stop me cold was when the grandkids each rammed me at same time from my blind side! Talk about bullies.
They ran, I limped, to the two level laser tag where I figured I could take them down (after all, I am a trained Army infantry soldier that served in Vietnam!) but it turns out I'm not as quick and agile as I used to be and the grandkids are fast. As soon as I spotted them and got ready to fire, they were gone. They would suddenly pop up somewhere else and I'd feel a ping in the chest as they shot me. One would temp me to chase them while the other one was waiting for me to pass by and they both would zap me. I tried to recruit my wife and daughter to my team but they would have nothing to do with me. Another win for the grandkids - I think they've played this game before.
By the time we got to the climbing wall I was ready for another drink and when I saw my granddaughter scurry up the wall and ring the bell within what seemed like 5 seconds and then rappel quickly back down. I decided to concede that event and politely made a lame excuse about needing to take some pictures, go to the bathroom, and wait for my drink. Those kids were like spiders or a lizard climbing up a wall. Shouldn't they be very tired and ready for bed by now? Not even close, so we moved on to the next adventure.
In Laser Maze you need to navigate through an intricate web of laser beams and complete a variety of objectives without breaking the beam. Haze, mirrors, and a variety of beams make this a little complex and you need to be agile to get over or under the beams. The grandkids know that I'm not that flexible and that I was a little stiff after bowling and bumper cars and laser tag, so they didn't bother to ask me to compete - thank God!
Next up was the Ropes Course which has several challenge course elements (cargo net, swinging unstable bridges, single lane rope bridge, and more) suspended 20 feet above the arcade! It's a real test of your agility, focus, risk tolerance, courage, and balance. With no hesitation, they stepped into a harness (I told the kids they didn't have one big enough for me and that I was over the weight limit but they knew I was really afraid of heights!), hooked the harness into a safety catch, climbed up a rope ladder and spent the next 40 minutes or so scampering quickly through each element several times. I stood on arcade floor yelling challenges up to them (go faster, try no hands, etc.) and sipping a cold beer!
Now they've got to be pooped and I'm fresh and ready to show them my skills and expertise as a pinball wizard in the arcade. PINSTACK is home to over 100 of the newest video games and simulator technology. There is everything from PacMan to Pinball, arcade classics like skeeball and air hockey and new ones like batman and transformers, shooting guns to shooting hoops, and racing cars, motorcycles, or fellow skiers. Wow, I was in heaven and we moved from machine to machine I quickly found out that the grandkids are also pinball wizards!
After all of that, I was ready to plop my butt in a restaurant booth and enjoy some pizza and cold beer. The Bistro has a variety of appetizers, salads, pizzas, burgers, entrees, and more and a great bar. Service was excellent.
After we got home, I was in bed within minutes and the grandkids were still ready to go. A good time at PINSTACK and we can't wait to come back again. What a great place for some family fun, a party, corporate event, or reunion! New PINSTACKS are opening in Allen and Las Colinas.
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