Whether they’re focused on soccer, lacrosse, tennis, or t-ball—or cycling through multiple sports in a single week—the US Sports Institute’s camps are all guided by the same principles—emphasizing a fusion of exercise, safety, and positive attitude. The resulting camps, specialized for kids from 2 to 14, have been delighting youths for more than a decade, often via collaborations between the Institute and community programs, such as the YMCA.
A two-tiered driving range and two 18-hole miniature-golf courses welcome visitors to Branchburg Family Golf Center’s 27-acre golf complex for game improvement and friendly competition. Each tier at the range comprises more than 30 hitting stalls and features a natural-grass tee area that remains open from April through September. In colder months, 12 recently installed heaters keep golfers cozy or help them sweat off pounds to drop a weight class in golf-cart jousting. Professional instructors roll in when players reach an improvement plateau, offering their keen expertise to develop consistent swings that lead to lower scores.
The center’s two miniature-golf courses summon putts past crashing waterfalls and through lush landscapes, fostering a sense of friendly competition in a pint-sized oasis. When swatting stationary spheres becomes too easy, visitors can head over to the batting facility to work on baseball swings and tackle techniques when charging the mound at a cyborg pitcher.:m]]
At fully stocked facilities, Mix 'em Up Bartending School's TIPS-certified instructors ready students for a career mixing drinks in a nightclub setting. Real taps, sinks, and machinery offer each pupil hands-on training, all overseen by potable professionals boasting the experience and chiseled biceps acquired during a minimum of seven years manning the taps. Music and disco lights foster a true-to-life atmosphere aimed at granting graduates the confidence needed to work in real bar conditions. Showing a commitment to helping all types of students succeed, Mix 'em Up pours out its curriculum in both full- and part-time classes and encourages graduates to take advantage of lifetime access to job-placement databases.
GT Dream Cars unleashes its elite fleet of exotic, automatic sports cars on a temporary basis to help add a touch of luxury, beauty, and raw power to an afternoon. The lineup of swanky steeds includes the powerfully sleek Aston Martin Vantage, the luxurious Bentley Continental GT, the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, the Maserati GranTurismo, or the Lamborghini Gallardo, with the power of 550 horses or 78 furious mastodons. Inside car cockpits, conquer the 2.7-mile road course, blasting down the straightaway and deftly maneuvering the mini corkscrew with the ease of a bobsled team weaving down a water slide.
After gracing stages and arenas all over the country as a professional dancer and member of the New York Knicks dance team, Amanda Grace, the director of the New Jersey Devils Dancers, started her own company, Urban Flair. Building upon her small dance empire, the award-winning choreographer opened Flair Dance Academy and Yoga Center to share her love of dance and fitness to both kids and adults of all abilities. She explained why dance can be particularly helpful for kids during an interview with MyCentralJersey.com, stating, "training in the arts helps give children poise, self-discipline and confidence that will help them in whatever endeavors they choose in life.” She leads a team of passionate instructors who teach students to perform proper techniques, complex footwork, and musicality during ballet, jazz, musical theater, and hip-hop dance classes. Most of these classes are available in beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The studio also hosts elite Flair classes for a few very advanced students who have earned a recommendation from either their teacher or Fred Astaire's ghost. When these instructors aren't teaching little ones to spin and shuffle, they marry high-energy dance steps with aerobics to help students sculpt toner physiques during Zumba classes. They further pump up fitness regimens with yoga and Pilates sessions. Amanda Grace also helps to enrich the lives of special-needs kids through her Rainbow League dance program, helping them learn how to express themselves artistically despite their disabilities.
As the mother of four busy kids, Darcy Meys understands how important it is to find a place where the whole family can come together for some fun, quality time. She opened Art Attack in order to provide other families with an affordable, kid-friendly space where can they meet to work on creative projects, such as painting pottery or fusing glass. Minimizing cost is the lack of studio fees?visitors simply pay for their bisque, then spend as much time as they need to paint it with a custom design, even if it means they have to come back another day to finish. And since schedules are sometimes hard to coordinate, parents can bring in their brood whenever everyone has free time, without making an appointment. But Art Attack isn't strictly for kids?BYOB ladies night out parties allow groups of adults to have the entire studio to themselves, provided they leave their imaginary friends at home.