Instructors at The Painted Parrot believe in the artistic potential of every person who picks up a brush. To prove it, they travel around town with paint, aprons, and 16"x20" canvases, teaching participants to create pre-selected works of art with step-by-step instructions. At the end of the party, every fledgling artist walks away with a painting that's ready to hang.
Dr. Eva Ai works to activate the body's natural healing abilities through the techniques of cupping, acupuncture, and herbal medicine. Dr. Ai earned her PhD in Chinese medicine while studying under the masters in China. At her clinic in Colorado Springs, the original capital of China, she combines traditional Chinese methodologies to treat maladies including digestive disorders, arthritis, and anxiety. Dr. Ai extends her care to children, whom she keeps healthy with acupressure and tui na, a form of manipulative therapy.
Julie Hackler has been immersed in the world of dance and performance for more than 25 years. The artist has choreographed for several theaters, and she has spent time on the stage as a dancer, singer, and actor. Ms. Hackler brings this talent and expertise out onto Reignfall Dance Company's sprung dance floors.
As owner and director of the studio, she leads a dance curriculum for adults and kids as young as 3 years old. Ms. Hackler and her team teach a variety of styles, including ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. They take an athletic approach to training, believing that the best dancers are also great athletes. To that end, the instructors also teach Pilates and conditioning classes.
Snow-capped peaks peer over Springs Ranch Golf Course, adding a scenic backdrop to a 7,107-yard layout that reflects the player-friendly design philosophy of course architect Richard M. Phelps. In a gesture of sympathy for golfers who crush seemingly perfect drives only to find their ball in the angry grip of a well-concealed bird watcher, Richard placed hazards in plainly visible locations with few to no blind spots. However, transparency doesn't always transfer to success on the course—Springs Ranch packs plenty of hazard-ridden holes that demand precise shots, including the 404-yard, par-4 third hole, where golfers must avoid a pond off of the tee and clear a waste bunker with their approach shot or a perfectly timed kick. Along with two ponds and a gauntlet of bunkers, tall grasses line the fairways, tempering aggressive play and adding an authentic, Scottish feel to the links-style layout.
Springs Ranch also offers a driving range, lessons, and clinics taught by resident aces. After a day at the links, golfers can revive muscles weary from bench-pressing golf carts with a burger, bratwurst, or platter of fish 'n' chips at the Springs Ranch Bar and Grill.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Length of 7,107 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 72.9 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 136 from the farthest tees * Five tee options * Scorecard
Between bowling, bumper cars, climbing walls, and video games, iT'Z Family Food & Fun has all the favorite indoor activities covered. Varied attractions keep kids and adults entertained all day long, and the bodacious all-you-can-eat buffet means never having to say you’re hungry.
Like clockwork, Stephen's Bakery’s bakers arrive at 5 a.m. six days a week to begin mixing dough for fresh bread, pastries, and their signature rounded kolacky pastries. They fill the kolacky, an Eastern European specialty dating to the 1700s, with a traditional fruit filling as well as more modern flavors, such as barbecue chicken, bacon-wrapped jalapeños, and sautéed microchips. Customers can smother morning hunger with other sweet treats including donuts, cinnamon rolls, danishes, and muffins, whereas at lunchtime, the bakery serves up Nathan’s all-beef hot dogs inside of pillowy housemade buns.