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Rev up for fam­ily fun at Ve­loc­ity 17

201 Family - - GET OUTSIDE - WRIT­TEN BY MARY VALLO

Just be­cause it’s Fe­bru­ary doesn’t mean the kids are con­tent to stay cozy and quiet in­side. High en­ergy, plus be­ing cooped up, can per­co­late into a bad case of cabin fever. Time to leave the cabin and chan­nel those high spir­its into some­thing ex­hil­a­rat­ing. Will high-speed thrills fit the bill? They can and they do for fam­i­lies of all ages at Ve­loc­ity 17, 87 Route 17 north, May­wood, where a va­ri­ety of adren­a­line-pump­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages fill the 100,000 square feet of space.

First up, of course, is the rac­ing. World-class tracks with Euro­pean-style elec­tric rac­ers speed around twists and turns in the Grand Prix in­door track. You re­ally feel the speed, since your seat is just inches from the floor. Hel­mets are a must. An elec­tronic leader­board tracks po­si­tion and lap times, with com­put­er­ized speed print­outs at the end of the race, so brag­ging rights can’t be dis­puted!

High-per­for­mance rac­ers are for li­censed driv­ers only; stan­dard karts are for ages 10 and up. Lit­tle ones can find their own speed with pedal go-karts.

While rac­ing is the main drag, laser tag is a close sec­ond. At Ve­loc­ity 17 the laser tag is played in a 5,000square-foot arena with a maze. Ve­loc­ity 17 owner Jerry Joseph says if dads grav­i­tate to­ward the race track, moms of­ten love the laser tag. Even the mild man­nered take out their ag­gres­sions (for laughs).

Joseph says he has seen his venue evolve in re­cent years. “We orig­i­nally were a race­track, 99 per­cent [of cus­tomers] were men, but that has mor­phed into a fam­ily des­ti­na­tion.” Now, says Joseph, dad might check out the rac­ing, while teens are look­ing at laser tag and lit­tle ones in­ves­ti­gate the new­est of­fer­ing – a kids’ play area called Jun­gle Jerry’s Sa­fari. Grandma and Grandpa can watch the fun from the com­fort of leather-seated lounge spa­ces.

Rac­ing sim­u­la­tors, ar­cade games and re­fresh­ments are also avail­able.

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