The Boise Flower & Garden Show, running March 25–27 at the Boise Centre, hosts myriad lush garden displays, seminars, and shopping opportunities for adventurous green-thumbs. Upon entering, visitors pass through the alpine-lake-themed garden, which sports a meadow, granite boulders, and mountain cabin. The show then lavishes eyes with a buffet of specialty displays—the orchid sale sports a vast variety of delicate stems and expert advice on how to care for them, and a bonsai display teaches adoptive plant parents how to prune shrubs without using a dunce cap.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were accidentally installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circle of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies, promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use each lady’s body weight and unique fitness level to create resistance that matches her abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
• For $57, you get 18 holes of golf for two, including cart rental and good for non-holidays Sunday–Thursday (up to a $115.44 value). • For $68, you get 18 holes of golf for two, including cart rental and good on Fridays, Saturdays, or holidays (up to a $137.64 value).
The expansive interiors of Axiom's three fitness centers are packed in endless rows of weight and cardio machines, group workout studios, pools, and basketball and racquet courts to help its diverse client base whip into shape. The knowledgeable trainers lead patrons in pumping their bodies on the fitness floor, and instructors helm more than 100 Zumba, yoga, water aerobics, and Les Mills classes each week. In their performance center, the trainers customize one-on-one or small-group programs, such as Ax-Fit, which helps firefighters, law-enforcement officers, and those in the military increase their power and endurance, and Sport Performance, which helps athletes train for their competitive physical pastime of choice. Kids aged 7 and older can hone their coordination and improve their athletic performance and growing up too fast in Kids Performance sessions that run hourly from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., and older adults can stay in shape in the Silver Sneakers program. After sweat sessions, patrons can recharge at the Fuel Center juice bar, which serves up crushed-fruit smoothies, and nutrient-infused coffee and chocolate shakes.
There's no doubt that you are a real adult when you have been an aerospace engineer for over 10 years. So for Kent Gold, it was a momentous life change when in 2001 he rediscovered his inner child and founded SoccerTots—a soccer-based program that helps 18-month to 10-year-old kids develop their motor skills and build their confidence through fun and athletic games. Now, a decade later, the program is offered at more than 150 locations, including Canada and Peru, and has expanded to include HoopsterTots and PartyTots.
Each SoccerTots program is helmed by a team of skilled instructors who engage little ones with fun activities, such as dribbling balls and playing scrimmages, that fuel their motivation to learn and challenge their athletic abilities. To ensure a supportive learning environment, classes are broken down by age and use only soft, child-size equipment. SoccerTot instructors also get kids ready to learn by sending them into super-concentration mode, which encourages little ones to concentrate and try their hardest at a task to help strengthen their muscle memory and their ability to levitate other players on the field.
Examining water-quality levels, feeding animals—biologists and aquarists perform these tasks every day before Aquarium of Boise opens at 10 a.m. And thanks to the nonprofit's morning rounds program, visitors can tag along, which makes it the perfect treat for any aspiring marine biologist, the most popular career a child dreams of having, right after dinosaur. After spending time with the experts, visitors can explore the facility itself and see more than 250 species of animals and marine life in more than 35 exhibits.
The aquarium even has several exhibits where guests can interact with the creatures. For example, guests can feed adult sharks and stingrays at the shark and stingray pool, and they can actually pet fish over at the 1,700-gallon Amazing Angels exhibit. Of course, not every critter dwells in the aquarium's more than 35,000 gallons of saltwater; some, including chameleons and lizards, lounge in a rainforest canopy, and others, such as yellow-breasted lorikeets, flutter about in the bird aviary.