The Peak's compassionate and talented instructors host a plethora of programs inside a spacious facility, designed to elevate children's fitness levels while distracting them with fun. The multi-use five-punch pass gains kids and supervisory parents access to play-group classes, playground hours, and open swim. Play-group class, currently held on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. and Thursday at 11:30 p.m., is for children up to five years old and combines free play, activities, and chatting for sociable parents. Amenable instructors guide wee ones through development-spurring activities, including catching and jumping, and teach them social skills by taking turns, sharing equipment, and debating Foucault's ideas on power analytics. Open play-land hours, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., give kids a chance to climb and crawl around a playground boasting a slide and zip line.
Mountain Ridge Helicopters is located 4,500 feet above sea level?and that's just its hangar. The FAA-approved school is nestled in the Rocky Mountains in a 10,000-square-foot hangar, where experienced pilots impart the essentials of helicopter flight to students. The scenic environs are beautiful from the ground but majestic from a helicopter. With the help of US Department of Veterans Affairs?approved flight instructors and simulators, students can experience the sweeping views from above while learning to pilot helicopters and earning their licenses.
Veterans and novices alike discover plenty of routes and challenges at Rockhaus Indoor Climbing Gym, where 12,000 square feet of bouldering, lead climbing, and top-roping areas create a wall-hugger's paradise replete with arêtes and cracks. After strapping on a harness and calibrating the belay device, climbers squeeze into a pair of shoes and begin dragging themselves toward a cloudy summit using the wall's colorful, candy-flavored studs. Hone complex moves and problem-solving skills in Rockhaus's bouldering area; or, if you enjoy vertical zipline rides, head over to the rappel ledge to practice free falling with a rope. Harnesses and belay devices are included in the deal, although customers will need to bring along their own shoes or rent a pair from Rockhaus ($3).
Champions of the Big Sky Conference for the last two seasons, the WSU Wildcats set hoops afire and overwhelm their dribbling adversaries with fast-paced basketballing expertise. Join the crowd of growling fans and purr loudly in support of Lindsey Hughey, Bryon Fulton, and the rest of Coach Rahe’s Wildcat wonders as they dribble and dunk past conference challengers in family-friendly competition. The five-ticket package gives guests a full view of the game without fear of being pelted with sweat-soaked hand towels, and is valid for seats in section five—the orange portions seen on this color-coded chart.
Dark Sun Studios' team of audio, lighting, and film experts draws on decades of production experience to create music videos, films, commercials, and other media. The hands-on class begins with a lesson in the fundamental physics of lighting and quantum equations to determine how many gaffers it takes to screw in a light bulb. Then multimedia professionals illuminate the basics of shot composition and lighting setup, first with Dark Sun's studio-grade Cine-Lux lighting and then with simple and inexpensive hardware store materials. Students utilize the 2,500-square-foot studio's various backdrops, lighting fixtures, and high ceilings as they experiment with light, shadow, and contrast. The class then brings the limelight to the outdoors, where they learn how to mimic moonlight, do battle with dusk, and simulate black holes using only an arc lamp and a roll of duct tape. After a discussion on at-home lighting equipment, everyone leaves with a complimentary handbook.
More than two decades ago, Angy Ford, the owner of Bravo Arts Academy, taught her first piano lesson. In the years that followed, Angy’s student base steadily grew, taking over her home-studio space and filling it with noise like a college roommate with no conception of personal space. Angy was heartened by this positive response and overwhelmed by the number of students knocking at her door, so she moved her operation to its current Ogden studio space, which, like the home studio that came before, has continued to expand. Here, Angy couples her bread-and-butter music classes with a host of other engaging pursuits—from art classes to dance lessons—that help kids develop confidence, coordination, and artistic skills. The academy’s facilities invite tots to tumble over thick foam, ballerinas to pirouette over a floating marley floor, and pianists to tickle the ivories in a group setting.
Broken down by age group, the academy’s offerings include preschool, where classes are kept small and incorporate sign language into the curriculum, and extends all the way to private music lessons for adults. Angy models her daycare after the best practices she observed while visiting more than 50 childcare centers, encouraging creativity and learning rather than running infants through daily gauntlets of strength.