A new family entertainment center in Middlebury, Whirlie's World, invites you to bounce, putt and play. The name is a nod to kid-loving family patriarch Whorley John Neff — father of owner Peter Neff — who passed away three years ago. If a glow-in-the-dark, 13-hole mini golf course doesn't pique kids' interest, the converted warehouse is packed with other activities, too: arcade games, inflated bounce houses, 55-inch TV, Xbox Connect, Nintendo and a concession area. "We appreciate the need for a safe, fun space for kids to meet their friends or come with their parents," says Naomi Neff, Peter's wife. That their six kids — from different marriages — all work at the place makes this a real family business.
Whirlie's World: Open Tuesday through Thursday, hours vary by day. $6 per game of mini golf, $2-6 for unlimited bouncing for kids, price varies by age. 1232 Exchange Street, Middlebury. Info, 989-7351, whirliesworld.com.
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