Five-time Atlantic League champions, the Somerset Patriots thrill crowds with heated pitches, home-run-making hits, and successful catches. With toughened players such as batting guru Daniel DeGeorge, the team racks up runs against its competition, intimidating enemies with its impressive stats and piñata-smashing abilities. Field-level box seats grant fans unobstructed views and are equipped with cup holders to accommodate purchased beverages and pet rocks wearing miniature baseball caps.
The founders of Wee Play believe that cognitive development and social interaction are closely intertwined. That’s why they invite parents and children up to 48 months old to engage in constructive play with others at their colorful, kid-oriented studio. Parent-child classes kick off with free recreation, after which groups converge to play on an obstacle course, experiment with musical instruments, and have circle time with studio mascot Mugsy the Dog. In addition to having fun, children learn important concepts such as following directions and taking turns.
East Brunswick Luxury Cinemas 13 mans more than 200 screens from the Midwest to the West Coast. In each theater, digital projectors enthrall audience members seated in comfy stadium-style chairs with vivid images, and surround-sound speakers crisply broadcast every roar of an engine in hot pursuit and every romantic slurp of soda. To make the cinematic experience maximally cushy, guests at many locations also can sink into luxury leather seating and chew thoughtfully on East Brunswick Luxury Cinemas 13's signature $1 hot dogs.
At Eclipse Fitness Sports and Wellness, working out and watching an all-day Real Housewives marathon are not mutually exclusive pursuits. With high-definition 15-inch screens on every cardio machine—which are also outfitted with integrated iPod connectivity and USB ports—the gym's treadmills, elliptical machines, and Expresso bikes double as media centers. The gym complements its cardio machines with more than 100 pieces of strength equipment from makers such as Cybex, Life Fitness, and FreeMotion, rather than forcing patrons to bench press each other. Clients who want a high-energy group workout can join the gym's group classes, which accommodate participants of all fitness levels. The sessions use all kinds of exercises and equipment, including kettlebells, suspension training, and slam balls. Spinning sessions motivate cyclists with a soundtrack of high-octane music, rather than the recordings of Lance Armstrong sweating that are popular in other gyms. Patrons can also hit the onsite racquetball and basketball courts and sip on the juice bar's nutritious shakes during breaks in their games.
Attracting more than 170,000 art enthusiasts to its events in 2011, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival showcases original work from hundreds of artisans showcasing everything from handcrafted pottery, sculpture, and metalwork to jewelry, fashion, décor, and photography. Audiences can witness art being made live during educational demonstrations as artisans sculpt clay, whittle wood, forge metals, and imbue baskets with the power of speech. Hungry crafters can also sniff out specialty food items to sample or purchase while dancing across the sprawling venue to the tunes of live music.
Many gyms offer advanced fitness equipment, motivating programs and classes, and a host of amenities. But unlike many conventional gyms, Lady of America Greenbrook caters specifically to women. In spacious, comfortable workout rooms, resistance machines are custom-fit to women’s smaller frames. Trained staff plays with kids 6 months and older in the childcare area, which features health-focused activities as well as a PlayStation 2. The team also offers services such as nutrition counseling with certified sports nutritionists and one-on-one workouts with certified personal trainers. Additionally, fitness evaluations—which come free with every membership—are designed with women’s needs and concerns in mind.
In the gym, free weights build muscle, and recumbent bikes and elliptical machines boost endurance enough to outlast a dolphin or a submarine painted like a dolphin in a swimming contest. The advanced Precor model 956 treadmills’ impact-absorbing system saves joints while an active cardio monitor allows users to literally follow the dictates of their hearts. Instructors provide motivation in group classes such as ball Pilates, fitness yoga, spin, and Zumba. And the therapeutic heat of the infrared sauna allows for a nice post-workout relaxation session.
My Gym Children's Fitness Center helps kids aged 6 weeks to 13 years old build confidence and life skills during classes that incorporate music, physical activities, and games. Classes and programs include options such as Little Bundles, in which kids up to 6 months participate in visual, audial, and spatial exploration. In Whiz Kids, older children build skills in running, jumping, and catching, and the Cardio Kids class gets kids up off the couch with strength and flexibility exercises.
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