Each arena at The Paintball Park brings in fresh equipment every season to keep paintballers on their toes. Barricades, bunkers, trenches, and heavy brush provide ample cover for firing off shots at opponents, ducking from overhead fire, or meeting to discuss how to get the pizza-delivery man into the fortress unharmed. Games of elimination battles give players a chance to take out the other team while sprinting between the wreckage of tanks and helicopters.
Each of the Paintball Park's paintball fields has a distinct feel. Running beneath dinosaur sculptures lends to a carefree sensation, and trying to find an entrance in endless, gray castle walls evokes the sense that one is an ancient warrior who left his keys somewhere.
Featured in the North County Times for its spree of upgrades in recent years, the 6,450-yard, par-72 Oceanside Golf Course sits nestled among natural streams and marshes on the outskirts of Camp Pendleton. Swingers can send their pocked spheres swimming through the air over rolling hills, down tree-lined straight shots, and straight through the Sandman living in the hazards. Surrounded by distant rising hills and the sights of the San Luis Rey Valley, putters can cruise along the course in the rental cart immersed in the tranquility of the verdant setting. Buyers of today's Groupon can prepare for future club-toting endeavors by swinging by the Pro Shop for 20% off golfing merchandise, or by turning their neighbor's lawn into a putting green.
In a whirlwind of colorful scarves and vibrant music, the instructors at Art/Dance Academy guide students through the dances and folkloric traditions of Eastern Arabic countries. The staff's mission is to present, preserve, and educate the public on the culture of the Eastern Arabic countries, so in addition to teaching the graceful movements of belly dancing and Arabic-style dancing, the instructors infuse lessons with the related folklore behind each dance. The team teaches all levels of dance, and they also sell zills, hip scarves, and veils so students can fully immerse themselves in the performance traditions.
Self-defense is at the core of each technique taught at White Dragon Martial Arts. Whether students are practicing kung fu or MMA, they'll learn how to successfully defend themselves against intimidating opponents who may be larger in size or wearing a superhero cape. Kickboxing classes add an element of cardiovascular fitness, tai chi sessions slow down the moves to a meditative pace, and grappling lessons provide step-by-step instructions on how to take someone down to the floor. Instructors also spend one-on-one time with students during personal-training sessions that focus on perfecting punches and kicks.
At his locations in La Jolla, Carlsbad, and Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside Paddleboard's George Hood equips students with the gear and know-how necessary to enjoy a day skimming across the water. When paddlers-to-be arrive at the water, he fits them with a board and paddle and then sheds light on proper techniques for maintaining balance, smooth propulsion, and turning around periscopes. Once students get the hang of it, they're free to explore the nearby waters, where they can catch glimpses of birds and sea creatures, all-the-while getting some cardiovascular exercise.
In an effort to cater to families, First Class Fitness Center offers members access to a childcare facility complete with a nursery and playroom. As a CPR-certified staff watches youngsters, adults can engage in one-on-one training sessions with a certified personal trainer without the pressure of impressing their children. Or they can attend one of the gym's many classes, including Pilates, kickboxing, yoga, and boot camp. On the amenities front, First Class offers fitness evaluations, nutrition coaching, tanning, and towel service.