Dedicated to granting kids a safe, fun play space where even tumbles result in laughter, Monkey Joe's goes out of its way to foster a friendly environment for all guests. Throughout the day, the eagle-eyed staff—in adherence with a rigorous Safety Access Child Control System—oversees kids at play on the inflatable slides, obstacle courses, and climbing walls that dapple the indoor play area, with video monitoring on hand for further peace of mind. The main play area fields the bounces of youthful guests aged 12 and younger, and the Mini Monkey Zone’s games and puzzles afford toddlers a chance to escape the world of older kids and their prealgebra jokes for a recreational haven of their own.
In addition to walk-in play, a bustling party zone facilitates gravity-defying birthday celebrations tended to by cheery staff. As their progeny run and jump, parents can retreat to the tranquil confines of the adult lounge with a computer station, comfortable chairs, and flat-screen TVs. Even after the ebullient crowds of tots have cleared the premises, the staff remains committed to children’s well being as they scour every inch of the inflatable equipment with sanitizing cleaners that evict common germs trying to nap in the cloud-like nooks and crannies.
Keep your eye on the ball. Rotate your hips. Swing through the ball. These are just some of the many instructions that run through batters' heads as they stand over home plate. ProSource Baseball Training Center helps players work through their thoughts and calibrate their swings before game day with batting cages that pitch baseballs or softballs. An available ProBatter Professional PX2 baseball simulator features an 8'x10' screen, where a virtual pitcher throws one of nine pitches at up to 100 miles per hour. Players may also enroll in one of many training programs focused on other aspects of the sport, ranging from running biomechanics to throwing footwork.
Along with multiple batting cages and training programs, ProSource Baseball Training Center's 15,000-square-foot indoor facility houses a turf training field and four multi-use tunnels—from 35–70 feet long—that players can use to practice pitching, fielding, and calling for the help of angels in the outfield. The center's lobby entertains waiting and non-participating patrons with WiFi Internet and DirecTV programming.
With rolling hills and lush, green woods in the background, expert instructors lead students out into the great blue Pacific for custom surfing lessons. During lessons, wave tamers certified in CPR, first aid, ocean safety, and mermaid diplomacy bestow burgeoning surfers with all necessary skills and ocean awareness, which helps surfers to keep their bearings and tackle whitecaps safely. Surf techniques and etiquette can be tailored to ease rookies into their comfort zones or amped up to challenge and heighten the skills of more experienced boarders.
Tamalpais Surf Club also rents boards and wetsuits for surfers looking to paddle out on their own, and their lending inventory includes vintage boards from renowned shapers. To throw more adventure into the mix, the team organizes yoga-surf retreats and surf camps in exotic locales such as Costa Rica and Hawaii, where groups can immerse themselves in the country's culture, cuisine, and bilingual waves.
At Visual Eyes at Mizner Park and Real Eyes on Atlantic Avenue, licensed optometrist Aaron Evans oversees full-service optometry centers and an inventory of more than 1,500 designer frames from makers such as Gucci, Ray-Ban, and Chanel. The staff uses state-of-the-art technology, including the optomap retinal scan, to examine eyes. The optomap produces full-color, high-definition images of the retina without dilating the eye, which can help reduce blurriness and sensitivity to light after the exam. The doctors prescribe appropriate lenses such as single-vision, bifocal, or progressive, with available add-ons such as Transitions lenses or scratch-resistant coatings. They also stock more than 400 varieties of sunglasses, enough for a gang of 50 spiders protect their eyes and look uniquely cool at the same time.
Tennis instructors and consultants Jonathan Goldfarb and Rich Benvin call upon a combined 50 years of hard-court experience—including runs on the professional circuit—when helping tennis players improve their skills. The consulting aspect of their business focuses on matching tennis experts with specific player needs, such as club management, court resurfacing, and college placement for studious tennis rackets.
Each instructor brings a specialty skill set to lesson plans. Goldfarb is a certified family mediator, and he approaches his instruction—in tennis, and in life—holistically. Benvin lives a dual life as an online marketing specialist, and is just as capable of building a website as he is of deconstructing a backhand.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.