The state-of-the-art equipment, convenient amenities, and variety of exercise classes at Courthouse Racquet & Fitness's six locations earned the club several of Jackson Free Press's Urban Living awards in 2011 and 2012, including Best Fitness Center/Gym and Best Yoga Instructor. Visit the flagship Lakeland location to swim in a pool of professional athletic proportions. Explore the 13,000-square-foot Madison 51 facility's yoga, spin, and boot-camp classes or the Northeast center's indoor and outdoor tennis courts.
The newest location in Brandon boasts more than 100 treadmills, elliptical machines, rowers, and other pieces of cardio equipment. Women can take advantage of the Downtown site's ladies-only cardio area. Three locations offer childcare, and the Byram facility has launched an afterschool program, where kids can do arts and crafts and engage in healthy physical activities in an environment devoid of teddy-bear drill instructors.
As the Jackson Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s reigning Travel Attraction of The Year, as well as the subject of accolades from the Jackson Free Press and Parents & Kids Magazine, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science delights and enlightens attendees of all ages. A family membership grants two adults all the benefits of joining, including one year of free admission and a 10% discount at the museum gift shop. Parents may extend their membership to include any number of offspring under the age of 18; grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other guardians may include up to four children; lonely puppet-makers may not include any wooden wards they’ve wished to life.
There are few online reviews for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, but more than 1,000 Facebookers like it.
Magnolia Roller Vixens is a community-wise sports initiative for adult females. MRV promotes and fosters the sport of flat track derby by facilitating the development of athletic ability, sportswomanship, and goodwill among its team members and staff. MRV is an apprentice league of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.
• For $125, you get a four-week childcare program at Wee Care's Byram location (up to a $501 total value for school-age children depending on seasonal rates, up to a $641 total value for infants to 5 years old), which includes an annual registration fee (an $85 value). • For $125, you get a four-week childcare program at Wee Care's Ridgeland location (up to a $501 total value for school-age children depending on seasonal rates, up to a $661 total value for infants to 5 years old), which includes an annual registration fee (an $85 value).
Recently featured in the Washington Post, Ballet Magnificat! became the first Christian-based professional ballet company in the nation when it was established in the mid-1980s by award-winning dancer Kathy Thibodeaux. With this deal, ballet fans can get a up-close view to watch Thibodeaux and others perform in this year's performance, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Christmas production in Jackson. More than 150 other dancers and 300 different costumes will be a part of A Christmas Dream, which will depict a spectacular battle between a grand multitude of angels and fly-like creatures set to the music of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Enjoy the rich acoustics and intimate views inside Thalia Mara Hall, an ideal setting for ballets or ballet-inspired monster-truck rallies. Following the show, guests are invited to drop by the after-parties for cookies, book-signings, and conversations with some of their favorite twirlers.
One of the only Anusara-based yoga studios in the area, Butterfly Yoga helps yogis connect with their inner triple-threat of body, heart, and mind using expressive postures and meditation. As deep stretches are reached and sweet-scented perspiration is released, students can find themselves reaching deeper spiritual awareness and discarding old habits. With more than 15 classes held each week, students of all skill levels can find a time in the morning, afternoon, or evening to develop their flexibilities and sensibilities.
Pilates is a low-impact total-body discipline that uses resistance machines, stretching, and controlled breathing patterns to make the body looser, lither, and healthier. All of The Pilates Place's instructors are certified in Pilates instruction and attentive to the individual needs of muscles and their masters. Pilates classes help anyone improve their whole health, from muscle to mind, and no fitness experience is necessary. It's never too late to avert the fate that befell the semi-gelatinous blobfish. Because today's deal is valid for the personalized group mat and reformer classes at the eponymous place, students can sample each style and take their favorite, whilst masochists can sample each style and take the opposite. To ensure the best returns on the bendy investment, Groupon students will also receive one individual lesson, which makes their instruction even more personal with guaranteed one-on-one time and expert pointers, pinkies, and ring fingers.
Strike Entertainment charms clans with themed and open bowling in their 25,000-square-foot family fun center. Quartets commandeer one of twelve polished lanes, a hodgepodge of neon orbs, and palmfuls of pizza to fuel two hours of bowling amidst an outer space–themed backdrop bedecked in planets and rocket ships commuting in from Milky Way suburbs. Funky Monkey bowling sessions thrill tots with a goofy spin on traditional ten-pin knockout and fuzzy cameos from the facility's friendly banana-loving mascot. Friday and Saturday nights, bulbs bathe alleys in the royal-blue tones of blacklights during Mystic bowling hours, illuminating colorful bowling balls and whitening toothpastes used to keep pins unblemished.
Winner of the 2010 Medal for Museum and Library Service, the beautiful, newly-renovated Mississippi Museum of Art is home to a diverse and rapidly-expanding permanent collection, including American art, British 19th century portraits, Pre-Columbian ceramics, and more. Feast your eyes upon the museum's current exhibitions, including River and Reverie: Paintings of the Mississippi by Rolland Golden, the Mississippi Watercolor Society's Grand National Watercolor Exhibition, and Oraien Catledge: Photographs of Cabbagetown.
Refuel your art-engines mid-visit with a hot lunch at The Palette Café by Viking. Using fresh, local ingredients, executive chef Emily Hine Burgess dishes out Southern-style meals influenced by the tastes and patterns of the museum's Mississippi home.
Inside the brightly-lit confines of Fat Cat Art Cafe, shelves brim with bare-bisque pieces in the form of plates, mugs, and bowls. Visitors wield non-toxic, lead-free glazes and paints, embellishing items with designs such as flowers, abstract squiggles, or a squirrel's handprint before accommodating staff members fire the pieces, readying them for everyday use. Not just a paint-your-own pottery studio, Fat Cat Art Cafe offers specialty sessions such as Clay Day, where participants learn to make their own pottery pieces, and summer camps, where campers delve into daylong or weeklong projects such as creating a mosaic plaque, building flower pots out of clay coils, and making clay jars to store one’s nosehairs.
Building on the writing tradition of William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, and other players in Mississippi's literary heritage, New Stage Theatre populates its stages with contemporary and classic works by American playwrights. Often comical, often challenging, each season's flock of five musicals and straight plays spreads across colorfully set stages with an aim to attract a culturally diverse audience. The artistic staff balances works by the likes of Lorraine Hansberry, Arthur Miller, and Horton Foote with new and developing productions through the Eudora Welty New Play Series, named for the writer who served on the board of directors. New Stage Theatre staff complements their theatre's strong artistic vision with educational programs for youth and adults, including touring programs. These outreach endeavors earned theater staff the 1995 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. While the original New Stage Theatre was founded in an old church 46 years ago, all of its performances currently fill the large and small theaters at Jane Reid Petty Theatre Center.
Helmed by LPGA Class A instructor Kathy Hester, Mississippi’s OnTarget Golf Schools build smooth, dependable swings during six one-hour, weekly classes. The six-session program allows instructors to mold pupils’ form by breaking the swing down into its component parts, introducing sound techniques and allowing ample practice repetitions to commit concepts to muscle memory, where they will join riding a bicycle and swallowing oversize jawbreakers on command. Golf gurus also teach clubbers to hit practice shots with a target in mind, developing a subconscious association between their ball’s destination and the shot required to reach it. Clients can consult the schedule for upcoming classes. Online map directions might not be completely accurate, so customers should call ahead if they've never visited any of the courses before. Clubs will be available upon request.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
The Russell C. Davis Planetarium transports patrons from the bottom of the ocean to the farthest reaches of the galaxy in a massive domed theater. Shows often replicate the night sky on a hemispheric screen, exploring nearby stars and planets as they appeared when viewed from different locations on Earth at various points in history. School groups can tour the facility with a program guide to learn about astronomy, physical science, and the likelihood of their ancestors being exceptionally good-looking space aliens. Large-format films portray the vast extremes of land and sea in natural-science documentaries, whereas occasional laser-light concerts pair contemporary tunes with vibrant beams of light and color.