The Sandbox Indoor Playground & Consignment sends children aged 7 and younger running, rolling, and bouncing across 6,000 square feet of open play space. Colorful, imaginative doodads and structures line each wall of the center, inspiring pintsize explorers to socialize or get creative by concocting fictitious worlds or reenacting their favorite trips to the dentist. As kids venture from one themed area to the next, parents and guardians can keep tabs from anywhere in the facility or check out the new consignment shop, where lightly used clothes, baby gear, and toys help restock closets at home.
The Yarne Source endows the needling masses with supplies and seminars to further talents from amateur to expert. The shop peddles a fibrous flock of vibrantly colored threads and intricate Fair Isle designs from sources such as Classic Elite ($8.95–$9.25) and Cascade ($10–$14.95). Click here to browse The Yarne Source's extensive selection of sweaters in the rough. Hands-on hand baggers whose yarn silos are fully stocked can opt to expand their knitting knowledge during the tote-stitching class, which includes all necessary materials and employs the diamond Entrelac technique to help students create a fetching gift or self-gift.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Stretching across five acres of farmland, this year’s Country Way Corn Maze layout is skulled and crossboned with a pirate theme and treats labyrinth lovers to fascinating trivia about notable piracy practitioners. Adding puzzles within puzzles to the curving corridors of cob are the rubbing stations that families must use to decode the maze’s secret word. Since the maze’s route can be as convoluted and nonsensical as the plots of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, numerous Maize-o-Vision stations give the hopelessly shipwrecked a crow's nest from which they can seek a path back to dry land. A separate mini-maze leads the youngest visitors to stations that teach about farm animals instead.
Since sculpting its first fairway in 1928, The Brookwoods Country Club has earned hosting rights to such prestigious events as a U.S. Women’s Open qualifying tournament and multiple New York State Amateur Championships, each attracted by the pristine upkeep and spectacular views sculpted into the Geoffrey Cornish–designed course. Golfers must navigate the dense forestation lining the fairways and the water in play on all holes except the par 3 14th hole, placing a premium on deft club selection and the use of hydrophobic golf balls.
Afterward, players can head to the 19th Hole and refuel with soups and sandwiches on the outdoor patio that overlooks the course. Indoors, a fireplace warms patrons as they sip on post-round beers and regale each other with tales of the time they putted the entire course.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,806 yards from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
Designed by Geoffrey Cornish
The 18-hole layout at Brookwoods Country Club plows through a verdant landscape, highlighted by dense swaths of trees and small ponds. The course was built back in 1928 by architect Geoffrey Cornish, and since then has hosted a number of major competitions. Among these are the US Women's Open Qualifier, a US Amateur Qualifier, and multiple RDGA Championships, to say nothing of the numerous friendly wagers and 5-iron sword fights the course has seen throughout the years.
Course at a Glance: