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John Gustafson began skating at 5 years old, rolling along on squeaky wheels that would carry him toward a lifetime of high-speed competition. At 25, he became a professional skater, winning national championships in both speed skating and figure skating before settling down as the owner of Auburn Skate Connection. His love of skating hasn’t dimmed, though; even with his 69th birthday approaching, John continues to lace up his skates each day to gain an extra 2 inches of height and guide students in the sport he knows so well.

Alongside instructors that he himself recruited, John teaches the art of effortless rolling during private lessons on the rink’s solid-wood skating surface. The team imbues students with the intricacies of quad and inline skating while also focusing on the fundamentals of racing. Their dedication has borne some notable fruit. Olympic gold-medalist Apolo Ohno took his first glides at Auburn, working with John for three years before moving on to his life of ice-based glory.

1825 Howard Rd
Auburn,
WA
US

Upon returning from the battlefields of Korea, George Shin sought a way to maintain fitness and discipline in his life. He then discovered Isshinryu, a style of karate he still practices and teaches to this day, despite nearing his 90th birthday. For more than 40 years, those classes have been part of Washington Isshinryu Society, where George captains a squad of black-belt instructors each with 10+ years of training. Together, they teach students the fundamentals of the discipline, from proper stances to masterfully executed kicks. They also lead rebounding exercises, wherein pupils hop on mini-trampolines to gain muscle tone.

39304 200th Avenue Southeast
Auburn,
WA
US

When the staff refers to Xtreme Bounce of Fun's indoor space as a "soft play" playground, they're not just talking about the safe, pillowy surfaces. Instead of the glaringly bright primary colors of most indoor playgrounds, the space is done in pastels and cream colors. These muted tones make for a more calming environment—but they don't take away from the fun. During open play time, kids can crawl through tunnels, descend a light-up slide, and take turns on the cushioned carousel. As they traverse the playground, squares of blue and yellow padding on the floor protect them from hard falls. Socks are required for play, and are available for purchase in case you forgot them or turned them all into hand puppets on the way there.

1101 Supermall Way
Auburn,
WA
US

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