Ordinary folks can ride beside Olympians at Chula Vista BMX. The facility's outdoor track, part of the USA Olympic Training Center, is designed for and open to beginners and Olympians alike. Operated by pro Tyler Brown, the track hosts weekly races where riders soar over dirt jumps and other adrenaline-pumping obstacles.
To prepare novices for their first contest, Tyler leads weekly clinics that focus on BMX fundamentals, such as pedaling and pumping over jumps. He also instructs sessions for advanced bikers, which hone in on more technical skills like race strategy and how to dismantle training-wings during airborne tricks. Rental bikes and helmets are available to all visitors, who must wear long sleeves, long pants, and closed toe shoes.
Operating under the mantra, “Experience the difference,” Sky Zone rockets jumpers of any age, shape, or physical ability across 3D trampoline courts, which were awarded a US patent for their uniqueness. Inside the air-conditioned facility, trampoline-covered walls absorb and ricochet bodies, demonstrating real-life instances of "bouncing off the walls" to both kids and puzzled ballistics students. Aerial amusement disguises calorie-burning fitness during open-jumping sessions and competitive games, such as 3D dodge ball. Bouncers, once including the women of the Real Housewives of Orange County, renounce gravity and their fear of ceilings with trampoline shoes, or while working up a sweat in fitness-focused SkyRobics classes.
Staff members at Rick's Rent-A-Boat outfit water-riders with the necessary safety equipment before sending them off for a ride on a professionally maintained jet ski, kayak, or boat. During excursions, riders safely glide over the ripples and spray of San Diego Bay's coastal waters atop a Kawasaki or Honda jet ski, kayak, or Triton ski boat. Sporting a provided life vest and drawing on operating instructions included with each rental, riders cruise atop their seafaring stallions, skimming over foamy waves and leading schools of local fish in a Hamlet lecture. Depending on Mother Nature's mood, guests can make waves 8 a.m.–8 p.m. every day of the week.
Pumpkin Stations turn pumpkin shopping and family-park excursions into a one-stop trip. Each of the five Pumpkin Station locations houses a variety of family-fun activities, from giant slides and mini-trains to sky fighter rides and carousels. Mission Valley, for instance, enables visitors to get their sea legs with an on-site boat ride, while the El Cajon game zones gives them a place to rest in between activities. No matter the location, families, friends, and groups can stroll through an asphalt pumpkin patch to seek out a large, plump gourd to take home and carve into a jack-o-lantern.
The Roadrunner Archery Club wants to train serious archers, which is why it staffs coaches specializing in the National Training System and converges at the US Olympic Training Center Archery Range. With the mission of training world-class, nationally competitive athletes, its instructors lead group classes and private lessons for all skill levels, beginning through expert.
As he trains his eye on the target's innermost ring, the archer retrieves an arrow from his quiver. He exhales, crooking his fingers around the bowstring and pulling it back until the feathery fletches tickle his cheek. He will only have one shot to win the contest and finally earn his family's respect—but his elbow is off, and his aim will suffer. "Cut!" comes the call from the director, and the cameras stop rolling for a moment as an archery coach enters the scene. She tilts the actor's arm and adjusts his stance so that his form is truer to life, breathing accuracy into the portrayal. When "Action!" sounds, the archer is ready, and the tension achieves new heights.
Sending its nationally certified coaches to such television clients as CSI: Miami and The Discovery Channel is just one way that Archery House spreads an appreciation of the sport. Company leaders Lorinda Cohen and Tara “Robey” Folz—both of whom hold national titles—ally their combined 36 years of archery experience with marketing savvy to plan classes for all ages, promotional events, and athletic counseling. At multiple outdoor ranges, they outfit beginners with the equipment and know-how to pop a balloon at an impressive remove, and challenge advanced archers to do so with a balloon that’s farther away and filled with wasps.