Certified United States Hunter Jumper Association trainer Heidi Snider Evans draws upon more than 25 years of experience with horses each time she introduces a novice to the sport of riding or grooms a student for competitive success. On her 10-acre facility perched atop Hollywood Hill, Heidi's staff tailors instruction to the individual goals of the students, whether they include caring for the stable's school horses or learning to ride them for a job as the town crier. Riding lessons run the gamut of galloping instruction from basic introductions to horsemanship to advanced skills taught to riders with an eye on competition.
At Redwood Golf Center, club-swinging cadets send range balls flying from personal mats housed within their cozy, covered stalls. After first selecting a bucket size – large buckets contain 85 balls while small buckets have 34 – golfers then set to practicing their 2-iron stingers, wedge game accuracy, and triple pump-fake drives off the tee. Frequent visitors can also take advantage of the per-bucket discounts found within the center’s punch cards, which are redeemable for 9, 25, or 50 buckets over the course of a year.
At its core, the Adventure Park at Redhook is a "jungle gym built for adventurers." But more than that, it provides visitors with an escape from the everyday drudgery of stuffy offices, boring paperwork, and tedious leg-walking. For the park?s creators, the lush Pacific Northwest countryside that stretches out around the park is the office. They?re a band of adventurers themselves, and they designed Adventura as a way for others to experience the growth, laughter, and connections that seem to bloom naturally outdoors.
Of course, Adventura puts its own spin on spending time outdoors by filling Woodinville Wine Country with a series of sky-high exploits. With the park typically booked 45 days in advance, visitors can be found leaping from decks, balancing precariously on cables 50 feet off the ground, or scaling cargo nets throughout most of the year.
Taught by professional footballer savant Chochi Valenzuela—a 10-year professional and three-time All American at USC-Spartanburg who has coached at the youth, high-school, and college level—and his team of sinewy turf tyrants, Speed Trainers USA's soccer boot camp can not only help melt off any excess flab, it can build up your skills and technique like so many easy snap-in pieces of a massive Lego tower. Monday, Friday, and Saturday classes take place at Green Lake's Lower Woodlands Park, Field #2; for Wednesday and Sunday classes beginning June 6, head over to Redmond's Perrigo Community Park. The starting whistle blows between 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on the weekdays, 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. on Sunday. Check the schedule for more information. Bring proper soccer regalia, a water bottle, and your own ball. Capri Suns and Rice Krispie treats are recommended for an after-practice treat.
Both baseball and softball players can hone their swings at Double Play Sports Complex. Not only does the 9,600-square-foot facility have six retractable cages, plus pitching machines and pitching mounds, it also boasts a team of instructors that includes coaches and college and professional players. Beyond helping visitors gain an edge over the competition, Double Play also schedules boot camp sessions and yoga classes on select days, so that players can stay in shape in the off-season or nail a perfect sun salutation in the outfield.
At Great Play, kids can explore their existing motor and sports abilities and develop new ones in a non-competitive atmosphere complete with interactive scenes and games projected on the walls. Half a dozen computers control eight projectors while a directional sound system and a dozen sensing systems turn the 3,000-square-foot play space into an Interactive Arena. Kids aged six months to 3rd grade are separated into age-appropriate classes to ensure all young ones get the most out of each class. For younger players, the classes unfold as stories projected in the arena, where young movers can jump into snow hills or limbo on a sunny beach. Older kids will be coached on a range of sports skills, such as basketball dribbling or passing a football. During some classes, the projections transform into interactive games such as a wall of glass bottles that electronically shatter when a ball hits them, providing all the ball-throwing exercise and glass-shattering fun of playing catch in the formal dining room, sans dangerous shrapnel and inconvenient sweep-up.