Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Tennis instruction
Recommended Age Group: All ages
According to scientists at the University of Illinois, because tennis requires players to stay alert and think tactically, the sport may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and promote continuing brain development. Lindner Tennis Center at Lunken does its part to keep minds and bodies healthy by offering tennis instruction for adults and kids and organizing various leagues and tournaments.
Its eight hard courts and eight clay courts host a city-wide ladder league, 12 United States Tennis Association adult and junior tournaments, and camps for kids. They also welcome people for adult social mixers, where tennis lovers can meet up for a match or to discuss Roger Federer's chiseled calves.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.