The 10’x10’ course simulator screens at Randy’s Indoor Golf vividly replicate the bucolic, short-grass corridors of famous courses from the comfort of an indoor, 18-hole golf studio. The fairway facsimiles allow golfers to strike real golf balls off of custom, divot-action golf mats that emulate clubs’ response on real grass without offending Mother Earth's curvaceous topography. Each simulated course is vibrantly brought to life using 3-D graphics, whisking club-toting clientele to courses modeled after 22 famous links such as Torrey Pines and Bethpage Black. Throughout each round, players also benefit from swing-analysis feedback on each shot, allowing them to savor the precise yardage of an extra-long drive or enlist concrete data during motivational speeches delivered to underperforming 6-irons. Before each round, players can also adjust the virtual weather to match their stormy temperament, reflect their sunny disposition, or satisfy their fixation with golf ball-size hail. In addition to golf, Randy's offers other virtual sports, including bowling, baseball, and hang gliding.
Whether the name of the game is to have some family fun or to scream like a banshee, Cliff's Amusement Park has been the place to do it for more than 50 years. The first thing you'll notice as you drive up is the New Mexico Rattler, a 3,000-foot wooden roller coaster that twists and turns its way around the edges of the park and plunges—for a few terrifying seconds—into an underground tunnel. The Cliff Hanger makes an anticipation-building ascent before freefalling back to earth, and the SideWinder twirls passengers 80 feet into the air on a structure resembling Paul Bunyan's spare wagon wheel.
The jungle-themed WaterMania area lets youngsters climb like monkeys and race down slippery water slides. They also can enjoy slower-paced fun inside bumper cars, on the Tilt-A-Whirl, or during a leisurely trip around the park on an old-timey train.
Owner and instructor Julia Mozley spent more than a decade investigating anti-aging methods, natural healing, and movement of energy through the body before discovering the marriage of all three in yoga. Investigating yoga resulted in a new passion, which prompted her to open Yoga by Julia, enabling her to share yoga with others.
Julia and her staff of six yoga and one Zumba instructor fill the week with a variety of levels of yoga class, from beginner to advanced, some sessions tailored to specific goals. The friendly teachers are knowledgeable, supportive, have undergone advanced training, and strive to make all classes fun and approachable. They supplement their schedule with the core-reforming regimens of Pilates and Zumba, a cardio-based dance exercise program that's safer than tangoing with a barbell. All classes take place within their hardwood-floored studio, amid the sparkling light of sunshine and the bright glow of paper lanterns.
Latin tunes and hip-hop beats rumble through Salsa Baby's studio as footloose instructors lead students of all experience levels and ages through the twists and turns of fitness and social dances. Group salsa classes teach beginners the basics of leading and following, whereas sessions for intermediate movers dip into more complex and nuanced approaches, such as alternative timing or how to dance your way out of a bar fight. A quintet of instructors choreographs fun and challenging Zumba, salsa aerobic, and striptease workouts, and the onsite hip-hop troupe, Iron Bred Kidz, gets both funky and fresh while teaching the latest yard-stomping moves at schools and parties. Aside from group classes, Salsa Baby also hosts private lessons for myriad dance styles, such as the tango, waltz, and rumba.
Across 7,000 square feet of open space, kids tumble, slide, and climb through Hoot’s Ultimate Party Zone’s brightly colored attractions. Bouncy castles and a soft 20-foot-high slide stretch their wobbly peaks toward the center’s towering ceiling, and a 40-foot-long obstacle course challenges runners to cross canvas bridges and pretend to jump tricycles over 40 school buses. Open-play times allow kids to drop in for bursts of energy expenditure, and weekend party packages provide balloons, pizzas, and goodie bags for birthday celebrations. Additionally, all play structures are made from strong materials, allowing adults to accompany their kids into the bouncy arenas or retire to the lounge to recline in leather chairs, watch television, and connect to the free WiFi.
Teaching hips to swivel to new circumferences, trained dance instructors impart their masterful moves unto students in the respected tradition Arthur Murray has upheld since 1912. On the Albuquerque studio's more than 3,100-square-foot floor—a dance destination since 1952—students can tackle ballroom, social, or Latin dance, bringing a partner to their private lessons or flying solo and dancing with the instructor. Protégés may find their new moves applicable in a number of settings, such as when prepping for a wedding dance or when blending into an airport crowd that breaks out in a cha-cha. Regularly scheduled dance parties let students practice what they learned in lessons, slicing and dicing rugs with new fleet-footed friends.
A project of Feel Good Festivals, the New Mexico Cup celebrates the area's fine wines and craft beers while also supporting a worthy cause. This year's beneficiary is Tricklock Company, a theater organization dedicated to examining the human experience through poetic theater and absurdism. Festival-goers first sample adult beverages from regional wineries and craft breweries, then cast their vote for the tastiest pours. Professional and celebrity judges also weigh in on their favorites. The Albuquerque Convention Center echoes with the sounds of live music, the names of raffle winners, and the excited shouts of anyone who didn’t realize Prohibition ended 80 years ago.
The Funtastic Jumps crew brings smiles to adults and children alike with rentals of towering inflatable castles, bouncy water slides, and carnivals filled with dunk tanks and interactive games. After the team sets up the gear, kids can frolic amid colorful, themed bounce houses, or zap each other with laser-tag markers. A portable family movie night setup brings enormous screens and high-tech projectors to events, letting groups watch films or make detailed shadow puppets under the stars or at any venue. Funtastic Jumps' extensive arsenal of concessions also equips block parties or birthdays with the likes of cotton-candy machines and other vital party needs, such as chairs, tarps, and tables.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its spartan facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneaker to treadmill or lift their first weight, personal trainers meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting a personalized, 60-day fitness plan based on each client's strength, and cardio condition. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthy eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Certified personal trainers work individually with clients routinely, and professional instructors forestall exercise routine boredom with boot camp and yoga sessions throughout the week.
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This airy downtown studio currently offers hour-long classes five days a week, though the schedule will soon be expanded to accommodate a senior class and mom-with-baby variant. Blending acrobatic aerial work with yoga poses and bends, this discipline is not so much anti-gravity as it is a thoroughly polite dustup with gravity. Freed from the ceaseless pull of the mundane world by a swinglike ribbon of tough, soft fabric, your spine will stretch and unlatch, allowing you to stretch farther and deeper while holding poses longer than possible with traditional yoga. Ideal for beginners unable to touch their toes, anti-gravity yoga also retains enough depth to challenge even the most impretzeled yogi.
Like the best prime-time reality shows, bowling sessions at Silva Lanes feature flashing lasers, friendly competition, and surprise celebrity guest stars. During daylight hours, a bank of bowling lanes entices players to bust some pins with friends or coworkers. After dark, the lanes’ black lights flicker to life and immerse bowlers in a cosmic environment reminiscent of life in the days when man still lived on the moon. When they’re not busy shooting in the region’s scenic locales, Hollywood celebrities have been known to visit the alley, with star players including Cobie Smulders and Samuel L. Jackson of The Avengers and Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad.
Designed as an oasis of family fun, Putt-Putt Golf and Games entertains all ages with three 18-hole Putt-Putt Golf Courses, more than 50 arcade and prize-redemption games, and a snack bar packed with pizza and soda. On the outdoor courses, kids putt past giant tortoises and colorful mushrooms as adults hone their short games. Additionally, a game room rings with the bells and whistles of Key Master, Harpoon Lagoon, Dizzy Chicken, Terminator, Skee-Ball, and more, and a snack bar filled with treats makes the center a memorable birthday-party location or presidential-inauguration site.
Deep Blue Scuba's certified instructors lead each of their classes and workshops with one idea at the forefront of their minds: diving should be fun. Their class list contains programs to challenge all levels of divers, from beginner and advanced open-water-diving courses to rescue diver and dive-master specialties. To prepare pupils for their certifications, the staff hosts regular trips and events and oversees scheduled lessons in classrooms, dive pools, open water, and octopus’s gardens.
At Bounce n' Boogie, kids of all ages can express their creativity without graffiti-ing the living-room wall. For infants to 2-year-olds, Baby Bounce n' Boogie classes promise music and movement as well as the squishing and rolling of toys to help develop motor skills. Junior Jumps classes, open to 16-month-olds to 4-year-olds, blast music while kids play on balance beams, mats, hurdles, and other obstacles. In art class, kids between 2 and 5 years old work on projects that they can take home after class.