As children, two brothers witnessed firsthand the violence that can destroy a home. As adults, the vowed that their daughters would never suffer the same fate. That’s why they founded Divas In Defense, a safe haven for girls and women to learn self-defense techniques. At their personal-safety classes and self-defense workshops, healthy self-esteem and mental strength develop naturally as women learn how to use their own bodies or those of any nearby mannequins to defend themselves. Trainers hone simple strikes and kicks at beginner classes, which evolve into ground techniques at intermediate classes and defense against armed attackers at advanced classes. Their Girls Can Fight Too! program welcomes students as young as 7 to learn how to stave off bullying, date violence, and interact appropriately online, among other skills.
At Zumba Fitness & Health, licensed Zumba instructor Vanessa St. Julien guides students through calorie-burning, muscle-sculpting dance routines set to Latin music. In each one-hour session, up to 200 students throw their arms in the air, sway their hips to the beat, and shake out sweat in workouts far more dynamic than traditional weightlifting or cavalier weight-dropping.
This one-day festival features numerous local and domestic breweries, including Atlanta's own SweetWater Brewing Company (one of the nation's oldest breweries), Yuengling, and more. As you make your dynamic flight through the park, enjoy victorious stops at flip-cup and beer-pong tables, or prove that a beer in the hand is worth four in the hole during a laid-back round of cornhole. By day, enjoy live musical performances by Stokeswood, and by night, join the rowdy masses as the fest moves indoors to the Masquerade for a late-night after-party. With five solid hours of consumption, competition, and celebration, the Atlanta Summer Beer Festival might just be the coolest beer event since the unveiling of the kegerator koozie.
One of the nation’s finest kindergarten through 12th grade schools, Pace Academy focuses on providing rigorous academics and a supportive environment that promotes personal growth. Pace’s summer camp programs keep kids busy and engaged with age-appropriate activities that take place on a beautiful, well-equipped campus boasting impressive indoor and outdoor facilities. Campers are able to participate in the fun-filled Pace Camp ($680–$945), Paceketeer Camp ($250–$340), or a variety of sports camps ($150–$290). Sports camps provide valuable instruction in basketball, volleyball, and wrestling, among others, while Pace Camp includes activities such as Ultimate Frisbee and rock climbing for kindergartners through 6th graders, and Paceketeer Camp entertains 3.5- to 5-year-olds with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Keep youngsters occupied during the sunny season, and help develop their social skills with today’s side deal.
SkeeNation's governing precision-rollers unite skee-ball aficionados for evenings of nostalgic play and friendly competition. Skee-ball, a classic arcade game that requires shooting skills similar to those of bowling and cheers similar to an elephant's trumpet, faces aimthletes against each other, with champions receiving cash, prizes, or a gleaming trophy. Unveil questionable slam-dunk strategies while schmoozing with other league participants, or impress a friendly bartender by building a trading-card house model of the Millennium Falcon. SkeeNation is the country's premier skee-ball league with chapters in eight cities so far. All participants must be 21 or older to attend.
Leaping Lions' supervised playground of inflatable obstacles, slides, and jumps keep little bodies in motion in a safe, 15,000-square-foot space. With all bouncing feet capped in socks, 5- to 13-year-olds (up to $8.50 admission) can shake out sugar rushes among the vibrantly colored, air-filled jungle gyms. The specialized tot play arena provides ample room for ages 4 and younger ($5 admission for ages 2–3, up to $8.50 admission for age 4) to practice toddling and future circus aerials. Children looking for long-term commitments to fun can invest in 10 play sessions with the 10-pass play card, and youngsters who met on Internet play-dating sites can bond over admission for two (up to a $17 value) and make small talk about past ball pits over two popcorns (a $1 value each) and two juices (a $1 value each). Leaping Lions encourages adults to always keep their child or young musical protégé in sight; however, a crew of CPR-certified staffers does supervise each bouncing zone.
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