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.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
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.
As they enter the training at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
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!