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.
Have some Serious Fun at The Little Gym of Brentwood. Instructor-led classes for children ages 4 months to 12 years. We offer parent/child classes, PreK and Grade School Gymnastics, Dance, Sports, and Karate. Plus Parent Survival Nights, Camps, and Awesome Birthday Parties!
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.
A self-described "cattleman," Jack Roddy made the shrewd business decision to turn his 2,000-acre cattle ranch into Roddy Ranch, which opened its pristine greens in 2000. The outcome was a resounding success, as the club's 18-hole, 7,024-yard course garnered praise from its early guests, including a San Francisco Chronicle writer who lauded the "home-free surroundings" as "the finest golf course that's opened in the greater Bay Area in years." With mounded terrain, relatively scarce tree lines, a multitude of bunkers, and ball washers that speak Gaelic, the course brings the links-style characteristics of golf's Emerald Isle forebears into the rustic hills of northern California. As golfers traverse the grassy labyrinth, elevated greens and tee boxes give way to scenic views of the brown- and green-toned landscape as rising foothills graze the distant clouds.
The expansive club also encompasses a 400-yard, three-tiered driving range, as well as a pro shop featuring golf apparel and accessories from Titleist, FootJoy, Antigua, and other top industry brands. After trolling the fairways or burying disloyal 9 irons in the deepest bunker, players can retreat to The Corral, where a full repertoire of sandwiches, salads, soups, soft drinks, beer, and liquor foster post-round rejuvenation and revelry.
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