At Navarino Hills, skis, snowboards, and inner tubes zoom down trails blanketed in freshly made snow. Double chairlifts and cable tows ferry visitors to the top of the slopes so they can start their run or help search for the yeti's lost contacts. After hitting the mountain, head inside the chalet to warm up with hot cocoa, coffee, or cappuccino daily or fish fries every Friday.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes opened The Little Gym based on his new take on physical education. His curriculum emphasized motivating children to achieve instead of pressuring them to win. As a result, The Little Gym became a noncompetitive, positive, nurturing environment where young ones could develop physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Since then, The Little Gyms have sprouted up across the country. The programs and classes aim to help kids develop skills such as rhythm and coordination, and kids camps during winter, spring, and summer breaks prevent children from creating finger paintings that express the existential ennui they feel when school is out of session.
Before Bob Burns was a tournament winner, he was operating a one-man golf center just north of Appleton. Bob Burns Golf was founded in 1975, and in those days specialized in repairs, custom-built clubs, and golf instruction. By the 1980s, the company had grown?as had its reputation?and Burns was being invited to host seminars on club design, manufacture, and repair by leaders in the industry. His career on a perpetual upswing, the PGA Master Professional invented his trademark No Bananas driver around the same time. Today, his golf lessons are considered among the top 50 in the world by Golf Range Magazine, and in his downtime he acts as the accessible golf editor for Palaestra, where he focuses on making the game accessible for those with disabilities.
Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
At Badger Sports Park players armed with laser systems battle it out in a two-story laser tag arena, defending positions from attackers while seizing new ground elsewhere. Alternately, the Badger Inflatable Arena lets children ages 2–10 bounce safely inside sports-themed, air filled slides and forts. At the mini-bowing area players face off against human opponents, while video games pit them against computer-based challengers. Meanwhile during games of skee-ball, players compete against themselves, which could lead to trash talking in front of a hand mirror. Other attractions include eight batting cages and an 18-hole mini golf course with obstacles themed around Wisconsin sports.
Led by a husband-and-wife team—both 4th degree black belts—the instructors at Karate America aim to develop self-defense skills of their pupils and positively impact the way they approach daily life. Each day, a variety of classes are offered for all ages and experience levels, ranging from self-defense classes for kids to cardio kickboxing classes for adults.