Though each work at the Museum of Biblical Art explores themes or depicts scenes from the Bible, the museum’s mission is to provide invaluable insight into centuries’ worth of art history as guests of all backgrounds and denominations learn about art’s portrayal of Western culture. More than 11 galleries and permanent exhibits fill the museum’s 30,000 square feet of space, beckoning visitors to interpret installations ranging from 14th century sculptures to contemporary paintings. In addition to Jewish ceremonial art and watercolors of archaeological holy sites, the MBA also festoons its walls with works by African-American and Hispanic artists that analyze the same biblical themes, albeit from a different cultural perspective.
One of the museum’s permanent fixtures is a life-size bronze casting of Michelangelo’s Pietà, which was authorized by the Vatican and created by a Florentine foundry that practices the same wax-casting technique formerly used by Renaissance artists. Additionally, lithographs by Marc Chagall depict his interpretations of themes in the Old Testament, and line the colonnade leading from the sculpture atrium to the gallery of contemporary art by supercomputers that needed to express themselves.
The J welcomes everyone, regardless of age, background, or sleep score, to enjoy more than 100,000 square feet of activity space. Members receive full access to top-notch workout equipment in addition to three basketball courts, eight lighted tennis courts, and an indoor swimming facility furnished with a lap pool and warm-water exercise pool. Feel free to liquidate your toxic assets in the sauna, flush clogged pores in the steam room, or miniaturize big-budget disaster films in the whirlpool. Membership includes enrollment in personal training and fitness classes, varying from tai chi to Muscle Activation Techniques, a course designed to identify and help strengthen weak muscle systems.
Within Studio Movie Grill's expansive auditoriums, towering screens enrapture audiences seated in plush leather recliners and at dining tables. As the familiar celebrity faces in blockbuster and cult-classic features deliver Oscar-worthy lines, sneakily quiet waiters deliver meals from a full menu decorated with more than 100 items, including gourmet pizzas, smoked ribs, and cocktails infused with the spirit of Daniel Day-Lewis. Bartenders at the lobby bar dole out glasses of premium liquors, wines, and draft beer before and after shows.
JumpStreet is an indoor trampoline park where taut floors and angled walls made of springy trampoline surfaces beckon children and adults to bounce back and forth or try aerodynamic flips and gravity-defying leaps. The arena is structured like a skateboard park, though bouncers don’t need any equipment to hop across the wall-to-wall planes or climb up, slide down, or spring off the tilted trampoline walls. Guests can hop on over to the springy dodgeball courts, where safe, competitive play is enhanced with ample bouncing, and arcades and batting cages offer engaging activities for those who need to rest their feet. Scattered across JumpStreet’s various locations are an assortment of other safe, kinetic activities, including a bull ride, a multicolored maze, and a foam pit.
Kidville is a colorful, fun, and educational stomping ground where children can expand their minds, get out their wiggles, and make new friends. A waived registration fee grants babies, toddlers, and children up to 6-years-old access to any three 45–60 minute class sessions that have been carefully designed by a team of childhood-development specialists and baby geniuses. Hundreds of stimulating choices await young munchkins' eager eyes and ears, such as the Little Maestros music course and the energetic Run, Wiggle, Paint & Giggle class. My Big Messy Art Class lets children Picasso to their hearts' content, and the fit-and-friendly gym classes, including Big Muscle Playtime, allow kids to romp amid a bevy of colorful and squishy play-mats.
Park Lane's equine educators foster centaur impersonations across 300 sprawling acres of covered arenas, jumping rings, and horse-friendly turnouts. Students 2 and older settle into saddles atop lesson-ready steeds, mastering topics from rein use and verbal commands to general caretaking such as grooming and always removing horseshoes inside the house. Classes group attendees into units of three, allowing the talented staff of instructors to provide personal attention and the retired horses to remain at rest, as lessons include both mount and equipment.