The History of the Carousel or Merry-Go-Round

The merry-go-round, or carousel, is a staple at amusement parks everywhere, but where and when did this type of ride originate, and how has it changed since its origin? Learning about the history of carousels provides insight into how these rides became so popular and why you can still find them today at most amusement parks, fairs, and even shopping malls. If you are a merry-go-round lover, this more in-depth look into the history of the rides, why everyone seems to love them, and the variations that exist today is for you.


The First Go-Karts

When you take a ride on a go-kart course you are experiencing a type of family fun that has been around for decades. You may have never considered how and when go-karts were first created. The history of go-karts began back in the 1950s and has evolved into the exciting activity you know and love today. (more…)

History of Amusement Parks in America

Amusement parks large and small have become a favorite family pastime, both in America and worldwide. What started out as a small, simple entertainment for families has grown into the phenomenon everyone knows and loves today. Learning more about the history of amusement parks and how it all started almost 150 years ago can help you understand how these family entertainment venues grew into the huge attractions you can visit now. (more…)

How to Social Distance at the Park

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, experts have learned a great deal about how this virus spreads between individuals and ways to reduce the chance of becoming infected. Although staying at home was the initial recommendation, individuals and families have now begun to venture from home for both essential and social activities to improve mental and physical health. (more…)

Daycare Field Trip/Activity Day

Social distancing at Sonny's Place in Somers, CT.

It’s summertime, and with the summer comes to fun outdoor activities for kids, parents, and caregivers alike. If you are in the Somers, CT area and are looking for a nearby place to spend a day of summer fun, come to Sonny’s Place for an action-packed day. With fun activities for kids of all ages and room to hold events and parties with your closest friends while following all current safety guidelines, Sonny’s Place is the perfect place to get active and enjoy yourself at the same time.  (more…)

Company Team Building Day!


Now that places of business have been opening back up, have you been looking for a safe and fun way to reconnect with your department or company team members? Sonny’s Place has long been the go-to for company gatherings and now has several outdoor activities available to enjoy for your team-building event. Renewed sanitation and safety practices mean you can leave all your worries at the door as you give your team the active outing it deserves. Spend a few hours or stay all day to discover all of the current outdoor activities Sonny’s Place has to offer. (more…)

Feel the Need for Speed!

It’s no secret that Sonny’s Place is where you want to be, whether you’re an adult or a kid. The attractions are geared toward people of all ages, and it’s the perfect place to hold your event. During the wedding planning process, bachelors and bachelorettes alike choose to celebrate at Sonny’s for the variety of activities and the fun atmosphere. Calm the before-wedding jitters with some physical activity and then relax at the bar when you’re done to reminisce about the day. (more…)

Graduation Party Anyone?

Graduation is one of the most exciting times in a young person’s life. It’s a time to be proud of one of the biggest life accomplishments so far. Completing high school is a cause for celebration, but social distancing is putting large, in-person gatherings on hold for now. In the meantime, there are ways to celebrate and recognize this milestone while still staying safe and keeping others safe. The face of the graduation party may be changed temporarily, but that does not lessen the accomplishment.


Looking For a Family-Friendly Wedding Venue?

Planning your wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life. When you are building your guest list, one of the first things to consider is whether or not you plan to include children at your wedding and reception. In the past, leaving children at home with a babysitter was the norm.

For modern weddings, it is equally as popular to make wedding receptions a family-friendly affair. A key to making your wedding an actual family event is to narrow down your choices of wedding venues to those that accommodate all types of guests. (more…)

How to Make a Winter Birthday Party Special

Parents of kids with winter birthdays have to work extra hard to make these birthdays feel as special as the ones we celebrate in warmer months!

Birthday celebrations, especially in December and January, can get easily lost amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Between school concerts, office parties and all the errand running and holiday hoopla —  it takes some planning to make your cold-month birthdays extra special. (more…)

5 Reasons Late Night Laser Tag is a Must-Do












Laser tag is awesome!

Seriously, what’s not to like about it? It’s fun & it’s good exercise. Laser tag gets your adrenaline flowing and lets you experience the thrill of the chase, the satisfaction of implementing a successful strategy, and the joy of victory!

8 Tips for Planning a Company Holiday Party

The holidays are upon practically upon us.


Even though it’s tempting to get lost in a pumpkin spice world and forget all about the visions of sugarplums just around the corner, there’s no time like the present to start planning your celebrations for the most wonderful time of the year.

Why Children Shouldn’t Have Too Much Screen Time (In the Summer)

Video games and Netflix – it’s what all the kids enjoy these days. They love to play Xbox and to binge-watch their favorite animated series for hours at a time. Though it’s easy for us and may seem fun to them the behavior can have negative side effects that may persist into adulthood.

How much screen time is too much, and how do you break your child’s habit of sitting in front of the tube all day? Those aren’t easy questions to answer, especially if your child has been able to watch TV and to play video games freely without much parental intervention.

What can you do?


The Top 9 Reasons You’re Never too Old for Laser Tag


You may remember laser tag fondly from childhood outings, birthday parties or class celebrations. However, laser tag isn’t just for kids.

If you haven’t been out for a game lately, you’re missing out. We’ve put together the top 10 reasons why laser tag is a fun, exhilarating activity for players of any age; after all, you’re never too old for laser tag.