Tank’s Paintball Park ensures safe battles for beginner and advanced gunsmiths with referees certified by the World Paintball Federation, safety briefings, netting around the fields, and thorough marker testing before each round. After snipers strap on protective gear, Tank's constantly evolving fields host play with frequent upgrades that generate new experiences for returning clientele and prevent debilitating battle flashbacks. A covered staging area accommodates more than 100 visitors between sessions with comfy chairs and benches as well as concessions and a snow cone stand for pregame or postgame energy boosts. Back at the headquarters, Tank’s pro shop stocks players' arsenals with paintball essentials such as goggles and vests that allow fearless ambushes and midbattle fashion shows.
Steve and May Chadick both grew up surrounded by American saddlebred horses, making their rounds as competitors in the southwest circuit before becoming trainers as adults. The pair channels more than 50 years of equine expertise into Vantage Point Farm. They and their highly trained staff devote themselves to priming green riders and steeds for recreational trots around arenas as well as struts in front of show judges. Riding instructors lead lessons for equestrians aged 5 or older on gentle, reliable horses.
At day camps held during winter and summer breaks, kids enjoy daily rides and tackle responsibilities in the barn including grooming and tacking. Overnight camps for advanced riders culminate in an end-of-week horse show. The farm also boards horses in stalls spacious enough to also accommodate the ventriloquists who speak for them.
Equipped with obstacles for speedball, hyperball, and woodsball players alike, Splatterhouse Paintball’s ten fields unfold across more than 25 acres of diverse game-playing terrain. Armed with a top-of-the-line rental marker, combatants duck behind wooden spools and tire stacks, navigate their way through a one-story house in the woods, or brave the open space of Nottingham. Under the watchful eyes of trained referees, players duke it out during private weekday games and walk-on matches that last from morning to nightfall every Saturday and Sunday. Splatterhouse Paintball’s games are designed with guests 10 and up in mind, though nine-year-old visitors can play if accompanied by a guardian during the match.
FunDMental Hoops is a basketball training organization whose camps, clinics, and events launch young players toward trophies. Its courts are the domain of founders Karon Bradley and Jeremiah Boswell, a retired pro basketball player whose credentials and awards speak to his sharply honed skills. Karon helped put his Marquette University team in the NCAA Final Four, while Jeremiah earned two Defensive Player of the Year awards at Columbia University. Today they both play professionally overseas?where basketballs spin counterclockwise instead of clockwise?but when they're stateside they're coaching kids alongside fellow FunDMental trainers.
Westend Boxing Gym has one simple focus: to get visitors in shape. Here, boxing classes provide practitioners with full-body workouts that torch calories, tone limbs, and strengthen mid-sections while instilling discipline and boosting metabolism. Those seeking some friendly competition can join the boxing team and spar, but members are welcome to train in the sport without fighting anything but a punching bag bearing a picture of a parking ticket.
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.