“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” according to Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities. Right now, we’re all trying to make the best of things, although the coming winter months during the COVID-19 crisis may look rather bleak. But, there are still good times to be had if you know where to look and where to go. For instance, you and your family or friends can pay a visit to Sonny’s Place in Somers, Connecticut. Owned by the Antonacci family, this facility has continued to grow and expand its many year-round offerings, so that in spite of COVID-19, many popular attractions and activities can still be enjoyed on the weekends throughout the upcoming months.
Outdoor activities available this month are mini-golf, batting cages, and the zipline. But if it gets too chilly for you…don’t worry! There’s plenty to do inside.
The Arcade continues to provide fun, games and prizes for all ages in the 7,000 sf indoor space, with options such as Pac Man, air hockey, a giant Connect 4 game, Angry Birds, a grab and win claw game, and Dizzy Chicken, among many other games. The Typhoon Motion Theater, according to their website, lets you “immerse yourself into a fantasy roller coaster ride, experience a high speed racecar drive, or try out many other experiences, complete with the slight vibrations of shifting gears, or the drastic collision of an accident.” The Harpoon Lagoon challenges you to aim and shoot harpoons at the fish on screen, while anticipating when the hidden jellyfish will come out of the treasure chest. NBA Hoops Basketball gives you 40 seconds to sink as many baskets as you can to “win big” without letting the pressure get to you as time runs out.
In addition to the many arcade games, Sonny’s state-of-the-art laser tag arena will let you defend yourself or your team’s base against the opposition, ducking in and out of obstacles and hiding spots. You can choose from a solo free-for-all game, with every person looking out for themselves; a team free-for-all; or a team base recharge game. Due to COVID-19, the number of players allowed at one time is 12, and all must wear a mask. You can go on-line to book your session(s.)
For a gentler way to enjoy the amusements, go for a ride on the historic 1925 carousel. All of the horses and chariots are hand-carved and on their way to being fully restored. Since arriving at Sonny’s Place in 2017, the on-going restoration work is being accomplished by the New England Carousel Museum. Before arriving at Sonny’s Place, this carousel has graced different locations with its presence, including Delaware Beach, Lakewood Park in Waterbury, Connecticut, and Kiddieland Park in Illinois. Pick a still horse, a jumper, or even a chariot to ride while enjoying the music as the band organ plays.
For more adventures of the physically engaging, immersive experience type, try out Holgate Virtual Reality, “an award winning virtual reality attraction that takes gaming to a new dimension.” It can be suitable for a range of ages, depending on the games you choose to play. While wearing the VR headset, you can be battling robots, dragons, zombies, or having a family friendly snowball fight while maneuvering your hovercraft over a frozen lake.
Another new and exciting activity is the XD Dark Ride, a brand new interactive 3-D ride, which allows 8 players to sit and partake in one of six different shooting scenarios, complete with seat movement, fans, and other surprises. Birthday parties are still an option at Sonny’s Place, with up to 20 guests, including parents, allowed to gather in one of the enlarged party rooms. Again, masks must be worn, except when eating.
Unfortunately, due to capacity restrictions of the pandemic, the North Pole Experience cannot be held this year. However, there are some special Christmas activities being planned, so check the website for upcoming details!
SONNY'S PLACE IS LOCATED AT
349 MAIN STREET (ROUTE 190) IN SOMERS, CT
CURRENTLY OPEN ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR DEATAILS
SONNYSPLACE.COM • 860-763-5454