“Sweet April showers do spring May flowers.” — Thomas Tusser
1. Try a laser maze(tncms-asset)7b605958-1b0a-11e7-aa9c-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
With the unpredictable April weather, spend an afternoon indoors this weekend at Encounters on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Pretend to be a spy as you maneuver your way through this laser maze, then try your feet at the extensive mirror maze, sure to keep the family busy for hours. Before leaving, check out Time Freak, where you and your friends will literally race against the clock to push as many blinking buttons as you can to score points for your team. $5.99 Laser Maze or Time Freak; $9.99 Mirror Maze; $20 all three. Noon to 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, April 13 through 20. 8th Street and Boardwalk. Call 609-525-6293 in the case of heavy rain. EncountersMirrorMaze.com.
2. Play indoor mini golf
Right next to Encounters is Haunted Golf, an 18-hole indoor mini golf course for those April days that can’t make up their mind. The 5,000-square-foot course offers a creepy-yet-silly feel, with talking animals and spooky effects. Follow the voice of Bones, the singing skeleton who greets passers-by on the boardwalk. Price is $6.95 till 6 p.m., $7.95 after 6 p.m. Hours for April 13 through 20 are noon to 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 824 Boardwalk, Ocean City. 609-391-7777 or HauntedGolf.com.
3. Climb a rock wall
Two locations at the shore offer indoor rock climbing as a way to pass the cooler days. PLAAY Fitness and Yoga in Ocean City has a rock climbing wall with top rope climbing, auto belay and bouldering. $25 adults, $15 kids ages 10 and younger. Register in advance. 910 Asbury Ave., Ocean City; 609-840-6671 or PlaayFitnessAndYoga.com. The Katz JCC in Margate also has a rock climbing wall. Call ahead to reserve a time slot. $45 for 30-minute sessions, $70 for 60-minute. 501 North Jerome Ave. 609-822-1167 or JCCAtlantic.org.
4. Try an escape room
On those windy April days, step inside off the Boardwalk at Tropicana Atlantic City and try Escape AC, the only casino escape room experience. You and your friends will literally be locked in a room for 60 minutes and have to find your way out by solving clues and puzzles. Cost is $30 Mondays through Thursdays, $35 Fridays through Sundays. 2831 Boardwalk. EscapeAC.com.(tncms-asset)b38be93c-1e0c-11e7-8d34-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
5. Check out an arcade
Spend an overcast afternoon inside mastering your game skills. Mariners Arcade in Wildwood is open 10 a.m. daily April 13 to 20. Closes 8 p.m. Fridays, 9 p.m. Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays and 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood. Call 609-522-5563 in the case of bad rain. Or stop by Jilly’s, open year-round and offering 10-cent skeeball. Get 11 games for just $1. 1168 Boardwalk, Ocean City. Go to JillysOC.com.