Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award–winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
Step inside the unassuming Victorian walls of Creativities' hands-on studio, where artists of all age levels and skill levels hone their crafting skills across a wide range of mediums. Give yourself or your youngsters some tactile stimulus through projects utilizing beads, clay ($3–$10), metal, wood ($3–$10), paper, textiles, and more. Once you cover the modest studio fee for each artist in your party ($8 per person for two hours), make yourself cozy anywhere in Creativities' comfortable reaches and become an insta-engineer by assembling a wooden train kit ($5), a ribbon expert with a ribbon headband ($10), or another type of expert craftsperson via the crafty items available for purchase in the store. Let your mind relax, and simply see where your hands, brains, and optional monocle take you. If you experience a creative block, or any other block-sensation, the friendly, artistic staffers will be happy to assist. If the muse strikes most at home, pick up a few supplies and relocate to your home kitchen, family room, or crafting dungeon.
For more than 15 years, Star Cinemas has screened new and recent releases in its clean, well-maintained facilities. The family-owned theater, with locations in Hillsboro and Grove City, offers handicap access and hearing-impaired service and is conveniently located near major highways and out of the sightlines of roving T-1000s.
For more than 14 years, Simply Dancing Dance Studio has offered the community a place for individuals and pairs to learn the sensual movements of the tango, the upbeat rhythms of swing, and how to lead gracefully while waltzing. Along with its wealth of social- and ballroom-dancing classes, suitable for sashayers of any experience level, the studio also offers sweat-inducing dance-fitness classes and centering yoga sessions.
Leave civilian life behind and suit up for three hours of extreme high-octane battles to determine whose clothes are the cleanest. Land Paintball provides all the necessities (a $17 value for rental package), including a mask, a marker, an air tank (with enough air to last the day), a hopper, a barrel sleeve, and 100 paintballs (a $5 value)—enough to apply a healthy base coat to any nearby corpus canvas. In the event that you take down 100 opponents with immaculate accuracy, or if you decide to graffiti your name on a nearby tree trunk, additional paintballs may be purchased on-site.
At Rule 3, players hurl orbs down 14 hardwood lanes before refueling with food and arcade entertainment. During bowling bouts, vivid flat-screen monitors keep competitors honest and prevent scores from parading as Scrabble letters. Between sets, players can roll more compact spheres with a choice of Balley pool tables ($1.25/game) or mini-bowling games ($1–$2/game). The full menu fills hearty appetites with entrees of Yankee pot roast ($10) and homemade mac ‘n’ cheese ($8) and highlights six different kinds of fries that diners can choose to load 15 different ways, including Buffalo style, Ragin’ Cajun, and Jamaican jerk.