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playAround Town Letting your hair down on a quick and easy in-town adventure Ladies' Night Royale Treat yourself and your friends royally by travelling to your desti- nation in style. Whether you want to soothe yourself with a spa getaway or try your luck at an area casino, companies such as Presidential Limousine Service offer travel packages to spas, wineries, nearby casinos and more. When your ladies' night out has become a bit ho-hum, it might be time to trans- form the occasion into a true adventure. While there's much to love about get- ting away to an entirely new locale, you can fi nd plenty of exploring to do without setting foot outside of town. Your long-time friends might New Twists on Ladies' Night Out options at rinks such as Fast Forward Skate Center on the southwest side. If bowling was your favorite way to spend a Saturday evening, head to venues such as Bowl-a-Vard on the east side or Schwoegler's Entertainment Center on the west side for an evening of laughs on the lanes. If good food and conversation is more be the best companions for ad- venturous activities that feel like a blast from the past. Link arms with your gal pals and roller skate down memory lane with open skate times and private party your style, keep your foodie friends captivated at area restaurants that offer more than just a meal. On Friday nights, Middleton's Tapas Rias serves up fl a- menco performances alongside their tasty tapas. Or experience the feel of jetting off to an ancient land with belly dance performances at restaurants such as the Mediterranean Restaurant & Hookah Lounge (pictured) on the south side and Oliva Italian and Mediterranean Cuisine on the west side, which both offer dinner- time shows on Friday and Saturday nights. To ditch the nighttime scene altogether, plan an afternoon getaway into the arts. Th e Madison Museum of Contemporary Arts offers drop-in tours on Saturday afternoons to give you an in-depth view of their exhibits. On Sundays, the Chazen Museum of Art offers drop-in tours as well as opportunities to take in a little performance art with free "Sunday Screenings at the Chazen" fi lm showings as well as "Sunday Afternoon Live," a free concert series in the museum. Whether you want to feel like you've travelled back in time or to another world entirely, there are plenty of ways to experi- ence a fresh getaway right in town. —Kelsey Sorenson April 2012 65 Photo courtesy of Bill Tricomi

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