Since 1993, JP Longball has reverberated with the cracks and pings of bats. Located near the University of San Diego, the indoor batting center features five batting cages?including one with a dirt batting surface, three that throw baseball and fast pitch softball, and one that throws baseball and slow pitch softball. Arm-action pitching machines test baseball and softball players with different speeds, and a curveball machine bends balls over the plate without relying on whispered incantations from Randy Johnson. Not all of JP Longball's staff is mechanized, however. The facility also retains an all-star lineup of accomplished coaches, who share their wisdom with ballplayers during personalized hitting, pitching, and fielding lessons.
Fun 4 All entertains clans with a merry mishmash of family-oriented indoor and outdoor activities, including miniature golf, go-karts, and a fully stocked arcade. Club-brandishing cliques can play their way across the polychromatic fairways of an 18-hole miniature-golf course, which offers all the excitement of a regular golf excursion without the added expense of golf-cart toll roads. The facility's circular go-kart course loops around rings of worn-out tires, generating a secure driving track ideal for young operators. Hone small-craft boating skills on vibrant yellow, green, and red bumper boats, which impart lifelong skills like steering and celestial navigation via streetlights. A broad-ranged arcade dazzles eyes with neon-hued entertainment that includes skee-ball, air hockey, and Shoot N Hoops.
The Smart Shopper Card sparks local adventures and facilitates fundraising with gift cards full of discounted and free activities, meals, and retail opportunities. Specialties include passes to relaxing salon and spa services, and entry to child-friendly activities such as laser tag arenas, roller rinks, and trampoline parks. Like a baseball card carelessly left in a time machine, these gift cards can yield more than 10 times their selling price, and through Smart Shopper Card's fundraising programs, this raw retail power can be harnessed for the good of society.
Mulligan Family Fun Center's three locations surround parents and kids with sprawling smorgasbords of kinetic entertainment. Outside, each park's sunny grounds encourage healthy activity with putt-testing miniature-golf courses and the hairpin turns of go-kart tracks. In the batting cages, aspiring sluggers test their swing while recognized major-league sluggers test their disguise against the park's do-not-admit posters. Back inside, climbers scale the rock wall?s vertical challenges and friends battle friends in laser tag?s intense light-based combat.
Each location also has its own signature activities. The Torrance location's rookie go-karts, for example, enable younger drivers to take a turn down the track, whereas the Palmdale location boasts a longer, 1,500-foot track for children and adults alike.
Swing Away Baseball Training Center's head coach, Taylor George, knows what it takes to get drafted into the big leagues. After all, he was drafted himself—twice. The Tampa Bay Rays selected George right out of high school, but he opted instead to play college ball at Cypress College, where he excelled enough to get picked up by the New York Mets after his sophomore season.
At Swing Away, George shares his innate understanding of the game with youngsters who might also have major-league goals. He helps his students improve their mechanics for hitting and pitching, and he also works with them to develop the strategic thinking it takes to run the base paths or trap a cat in a game of pickle. Athletes as young as 4 can take cuts inside the facility's batting cages or work on their velocity inside one of two pitching tunnels.