At Zia Ranch, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, the dedicated equestrians on staff view horsemanship as a valuable aid that can help anyone enjoy life, regardless of ability or handicap. Therapeutic Horsemanship, the ranch’s hallmark program, gives individuals with physical, emotional, and psychological struggles a chance to interact with gentle horses through arena work and sensory games. Sessions can help improve the rider’s flexibility, endurance, and strength, as well as help them establish an emotional connection with their steed. Complimenting this focus on connecting with nature is their Ecotherapy program, during which participants walk through the property and immerse themselves in the quiet country setting, promoting inner-calm and self-esteem. Their traditional riding lessons teach students how to groom and saddle their steed, then present each student with a choice. They can finish their lesson by trotting around the arena, heading out on a trailride, or challenging their horse in a thumb war for who gets to decide.
All across California, Western Bowling Proprietors Association sends pins scattering at a network of bowling alleys, each with its own personality. In addition to open bowl on automatically scored lanes, many locations host special events that heighten the experience with enhancements such as vibrant lights, lively music, and laser systems that do double duty protecting the alleys' diamond collections. The alleys also house refreshment facilities, pro shops, and diversions that range from arcade games to billiards.
East County Performing Arts Center's university-trained educators mentor students ages 2 and up on the finer points of ballet, hip-hop, jazz, and other styles. Two- and 3-year-olds can combat the antidancing establishment during a 45-minute Boogie Babies class, combining elements of tap, ballet, tumbling, and play. Parents or visiting dignitaries can wave to young ones through either location's viewing window, putting anxieties at ease while muffling the sounds of spectator bullhorns. Older toe tappers can explore a variety of styles, including hip-hop, contemporary, or jazz, in which students will master choreography and traverse the floor through movement progressions. Groupon holders can experience the thrill of synchronized motion without trying to keep up with a flock of migrating birds during a Dance for Cheer class, which incorporates jazz, hip-hop, and poms.
At Harvest Park Bowl, the sounds of family bonding cut through the clatter of resin against wood. Up and down 32 lanes, groups cheer strikes, sing happy birthday to children and especially favored bowling balls, and munch crispy wings from the snack bar. And these sounds aren't just confined to the alley?they also spread into the game room to compete with the bells and boings of arcade games. Between frames, bowlers can keep up with sports on the eight big-screen TVs or head over to Aaron Pawloski's Bowlers Choice Pro Shop to pick out bowling gear and sign up for private lessons.