With 36 years of experience as a horsewoman, many of the facets of Tammy Chance’s history are familiar; active with 4-H and FFA, rode junior barrels at Cheyenne Frontier Days, and rode speed events in gymkhanas. This breadth of experience makes her well adapted for teaching riders of all ages and skill levels how to safely ride in the Western style. During lessons and day camps, students at Prairie Winds Horsemanship kick up the red dust of the ranch’s practice areas, and then comb it from their steed’s silky mane during postlesson grooming sessions.
Balls tumble down 24 synthetic lanes at Pinz Bowling Center, where automatic scoring tracks each strike, spare, and gutter ball on 32-inch flat-screen monitors. The monitors get a workout: The facility's open bowl accommodates rollers until 2 a.m. every Friday and Saturday, adult and youth leagues face off every Saturday morning, and tournaments take place each Saturday night, beginning with strongmen poking holes into round rocks until everybody has a ball. Tournament play continues with biweekly horseshoe competitions at Rodz Lounge, where guests can watch the game on a big-screen TV, sink 8-balls at the billiards table, and test their aim at the dartboard. For music fans, Rodz hosts Friday-night rounds of karaoke and performances from live bands on Saturday night.
Students gather amid the golden glow cast onto Marmalade at Smokebrush’s exposed brick walls by rectangular floor lamps, awaiting instruction from the studio’s capable staff under the decorative flock of origami whooping cranes swooping overhead. Instructors pull from previous experience as dancers, movement therapists, and artists as they guide students in fitness sessions, including Latin-inspired Zumba, a dance-fueled workout that enables students to torch calories while learning dance-floor-ready skills.
The studio’s yoga classes range from spinal-alignment-focused Iyengar yoga to dubstep yoga, which swaps normally serene background noise with thumping electronic beats. Aside from its yoga focus, Smokebrush’s expansive space also plays host to artwork exhibitions, environmentally focused workshops, and speed dating for ex-claustrophobics.
Skate City's rinks are havens for roller-skaters tired of rough asphalt and bumpy sidewalks. Within each, a smooth white plane stretches out in front of every pair of wheels, beckoning and tempting maximum speeds. And during open-skate sessions, these rinks become mini metropolises, stirring with skaters of all ages rolling to upbeat music. Each Skate City has its own lineup of special offerings, too: at some, Sunday nights mean free slices of pizza, whereas at others, Friday nights are reserved for teenagers tired of just sitting around, getting taller. When they aren't buzzing with public skating sessions, skating instruction, and hockey games, Skate City locations also transform into the ideal spots for birthday parties.
Learn about the dynamic history of Colorado’s wild frontier at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry. Established in 1970, this award-winning informative museum has over 4,000 artifacts. Take a tour through their interactive outdoor and indoor exhibits, for a first hand educational experience. These exhibits include the 1894 Reynolds Ranch House, the Stamp Mill and the mine reclamation exhibit. Remember your trip by picking up an item from the Museum’s gift shop. They sell a wide assortment of exhibit-related merchandise, regional fine jewelry and rare gifts.
If you're nostalgic for an old-school arcade experience in Manitou Springs, you're in luck—the Manitou Springs Penny Arcade at Arcade Amusements has a variety of games to tickle your sentimental bone. Play a round of skeeball or pinball and grab a bite to eat, then head over to the more modern video games and have a bit of fun. Arcade Amusements features four buildings stuffed full of everything you could ask for in an arcade and more. Bring the family and enjoy a day that has something for everyone at the Manitou Springs Penny Arcade.