Pony Pastures instructs horse lovers in the ageless art of equestrianism, saddling up students of every experience level. Veteran instructor Mel Keeton tailors private lessons to individual goals, incorporating challenges, tips, and games to help novice riders and skilled stallion handlers alike refine their English-riding style. Learn to properly mount a mare or decode the heel-powered Morse code that propels ponies into trotting mode. Students of steedery can be tutored in the nuances of jumping, acquire subtle reining techniques, or simply gain confidence before the next office jousting match.
Voted No. 4 in the Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties by Parents magazine in 2010, Pump It Up's Frederick location sprawls across 11,000 square feet of play areas and party rooms teeming with inflatable fun. A stalwart staff oversees the neighborhood of bounce houses and air-filled playthings that populate the indoor arena, including a regal throne for celebrating birthdays or announcing edicts that mandate dessert for breakfast. The ascending wall of the Vertical Rush challenges climbers with a hump-shaped obstacle, and attached dueling slides send victors careening into fun. Throughout the week, families can pop in for open play and lectures on refinancing treehouse mortgages, or they can tote along their own mini entourage for birthday party packages complete with private rooms, complimentary invitations, and a veritable stockpile of extras to customize the celebratory shenanigans.
Starting in the mangrove swamps of South Florida as Tarzan’s Cup, The Jungle Cup tests runners’ warrior instincts and brute strength with a bevy of jungle-inspired challenges. Lone wolves, coed pairs, or teams of four take on the 5K course’s rivers of mud and swinging vines with the hope of winning the coveted Jungle Cup—or at least a finisher’s medal. Obstacles vary based on the run’s location, but contestants can rest assured that their endurance will be put to the test through primal trials such as leaping over fire pits, hurling javelins, and swimming through water hazards. After the race, athletes cool down with a frosty beverage at the Jungle Party, which celebrates their victories with fire shows, hula hoop-offs, and costume contests.
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine started as a private collection of medical artifacts. Now, those artifacts stand alongside a field hospital museum, a publishing center, and Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office, which was used to help families find their missing relatives during the war. Inside the museum, you can see everything from an authentic Civil War surgeon's tent to a 19th century holding coffin. Additionally, dioramas detail life on the front, the recruiting process, and the procedure for medical evacuations. All of these exhibits together tell the story of what it was like for soldiers in the Civil War when they interacted with medical teams.