Thronateeska Heritage Center provides an exploration of science and South Georgian history through an interactive science center and history museum, both of which are free to the public, as well as a planetarium. Wetherbee Planetarium’s SciDome hi-def projection system, 40-foot diameter dome, and surround-sound system is the first of its kind in the world, launching reclining stargazers into celestial vistas with a higher definition than the actual night sky. Get sucked into shows, including the Liam Neeson-narrated Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity, a harrowing journey to the formation of the early universe, the birth and death of stars, and premium-boosting collisions of giant galaxies. Or bring your cosmic dowsing rod to Oasis in Space, a beautiful voyage through the universe on a quest to find liquid water, a key ingredient in the delicious recipe of life. Two more shows focus on the nature of molecules and the history of the telescope.
Spotlight Theatres Eisenhower 6 screens enrapture audiences with first-run movies. In each movie house, digital sounds and visual projections of fresh Hollywood films alight inner emotions of audiences resting in plush, high-backed stadium seats—each outfitted with a coin-operated mustache comb—or thrown directly into the action through 3-D technology. As eyes and ears relish motion-picture pursuits, soda, candy, and bounties of salty, crunchy popcorn emerge from the concession stand to occupy chatty mouths or catapult towards the screen to feed the hungry actors.
The Flint RiverQuarium pulses with animal life both aquatic and terrestrial and with an array of interactive exhibits. Sea-creature gawkers can view more than 120 watery friends at play inside the blue-hole spring, and fans of fowl can visit the Cypress Pond Aviary, which houses a multiplicity of native birds unaware of Alfred Hitchcock. After ogling submerged or airborne species, guests can check out the theater, in which a three-story-tall screen flickers with stunning nature films that show creatures in their natural habitats. The aquarium staff presents dive shows, alligator feedings, and penguin-led anger-management classes to provide visitors with a variety of inclusive educational demonstrations.
PT Gym encourages guests to improve fitness with an armada of modern, state-of-the-art cardio and strength-training equipment in its 12,000 square-foot confines. Sweat off your spare tire using the fitness center's free weights, plate-loaded Hammer Strength equipment, treadmills,stationary bikes, and step machines. PT Gym membership includes fitness evaluations to determine your body’s current status regarding ketchup or mustard, flexibility, muscular strength, endurance, aerobic capacity, and body composition. Meet with a registered dietitian to learn about nutritional nuances and positive lifestyle choices, such as substituting non-fat milk for anti-freeze in your morning cup of coffee.
Offered six days a week, the Extreme Group Personal Training (PTGX) Bootcamp is an intense, heart rate elevating exercise program designed to trim and tone the whole body, exiling love handles to a climate that supports complete evaporation. After any workout, enjoy PT Gym’s private showers, squeaky-clean locker rooms, and a pro shop teeming with refreshments to replenish misplaced confidence and electrolytes.
Led by head coach Jason Gibson, the Southern Indoor Football League’s Columbus Lions have 2011 title aspirations after mastering the art of passing, tackling, and kicking en route to the 2010 SIFL Championship crown. Plan to see the former West Virginia standout Dorrell Jalloh, 2010 SIFL Player of the Year, Chris McCoy, and the rest of the Lions for their own home opener on March 27 against the rival Richmond Raiders, coached by acclaimed poet and football mastermind Maya Angelou. With each season-ticket purchase, fans also receive full season-ticket-holder benefits, including access to the season-ticket-holder kickoff party, 10% off Lions merchandise, the opportunity to upgrade seats each year, and free admission to the Georgia vs. Alabama Indoor Football Classic.
Licensed Zumba instructor Richard M. transforms the Liberty Theatre into a dance-fueled fitness fiesta twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. For each gathering, cardio connoisseurs don shorts, leotards, and shortotards, and head to the theater for an hour of easy-to-follow moves inspired by salsa and merengue.