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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2008 4:54 am | Updated: 9:02 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Jessica Hanley's face is flushed with excitement. The 8-year-old Gilbert girl jumps out of a red go-kart at Mesa's Amazing Jake's and wraps her dad in a big bear hug.

"That was awesome," she says of her spin around the race track. "Let's do it again!"

Jessica's dad, Pat Hanley, laughs.

"She loves it here," says Hanley, 44, of the 78,000-square-foot indoor amusement park. "And I can't blame her. You don't have to be Jessica's age to have fun. It really doesn't matter how old you are. They have something for everybody. I like the go-karts as much as she does!"

Adults and kids alike enjoy themselves on Amazing Jake's variety of rides, including a carousel, tea cups, bumper cars, go-karts and a train. There's also laser tag, a 12-lane bowling alley, a rock climbing wall, mini-golf and more than 180 video games from skee-ball to virtual race cars. And for food: an all-you-can-eat pizza, pasta and salad bar.

Kids of all ages ran loose at the colorful amusement park last Saturday. Shrill screams, cries and laughter can be heard throughout the center.

"It's fun, but it can be a long day sometimes," says Kristen Veuyan, standing in line with her 5-year-old daughter waiting to climb the rock climbing wall. "Necessities: extra-strength Tylenol because you're sure to get a headache with all the screaming. And we're in it for the long haul."

Over by the video games, 20-year-old Jason Shuggard and his group of three friends engage a small crowd of onlookers during a game of Dance Dance Revolution.

"I started coming here with my nephew a year ago," says Mesa's Shuggard. "Now I come with my friends. There's a ton of video games and it's just a fun time. I don't think you have to be a kid to appreciate Amazing Jake's."

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