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Out on the high seas, pirates never come upon a 1950s-style diner where they can take a break from buccaneering, but at Playland, youngsters pretend-searching for lost treasure in Pirate's Cove can. The cove and diner are two of Playland's themed play areas; at others, kids don princess regalia or shop for pretend-food at the market. Each of the whimsical settings act as a stage for littluns to play out scenes concocted in their outsized imaginations, all the while building social skills and cognitive abilities.

While children play, parents can boost their energy with a caffeinated drink from the espresso bar or relax with a magazine in the lounge. A separate laptop workstation allows adults to get some work done. Playland even houses a used clothing store that stocks gently used children's and maternity clothing.

410 Gateway Drive
Dixon,
CA
US

Knockoutz Fitness Center ushers exercisers of all backgrounds through its doors, supporting workout newbies, athletes, seniors, and bodybuilders alike with a slew of advanced equipment and a genial atmosphere. Hydraulic and free-motion machines flow alongside free weights in muscle-boosting reps, and a catalogue of cardio gear accommodates pedals, steps, and sprints.

For motivation through fellowship, workout classes in MMA/boxing and full-body boot-camp drills gather participants from a range of age groups. An onsite Max Muscle pro shop rations out supplements, and the gym's certified nutrition coach can dispense dietary tips for differentiating between good, bad, and ugly cholesterol.

36 Main Street
Woodland,
CA
US

Established: 2002

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Fun Run goes through UCD Arboretum

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Yolo County Children's Alliance began as Yolo County's child-abuse prevention council in 2002. It's a big job for a mere ten administrators and social workers to tackle, but luckily they have the support of county residents. That support allows them to put on events such as the annual family fun run?a jaunt through UCD's stunning arboretum that helps the organization raise critical funds to connect families with support services. They also host fundraisers, child abuse awareness events, and family strengthening outreach programs, which build up families by having each member pick up and hug the next smallest person for 15 reps.

1200 Anna Street
West Sacramento,
CA
US

With graduate degrees from top universities in engineering and management, it's safe to say Dr. Rajwant Singh Bedi and Harpreet Kaur are deeply familiar with academia and its application processes, along with the stressors of career management. At CareerFasten LLC, the duo shares this wisdom through sprawling array of services. As a professor at a state university and a career advisor, Dr. Bedi provides expert guidance to students, and he and Harpreet help clients with just about everything. This includes initial college searches, admissions, and financial aid to drafting r?sum?s for jobs after graduation.

1250 Harbor Boulevard
West Sacramento,
CA
US

When Ross Amin first walked into the nearly empty Capitol Bowl in 1999, he couldn't even tell if it was open. "It looked like it hadn't gotten any attention for a long time," he says. Still, he saw something in the space and decided to take over, launching a series of renovations, which were recently completed in late 2011.

Today, the modernized alley features lofty ceilings and a gauntlet of 20 overhauled lanes that keep score with Brunswick systems that were last upgraded in April 2012. Like a catcher's facemask or a pitcher's facial hair, bumpers (available upon request) can protect players against wayward balls. In between frames, the weary rest up by playing 1 of 15 video games in the arcade. Ross is most excited by Capitol Bowl’s updated café, which eschews traditional snack bar offerings in favor of chef-created entrees, which are made from scratch using fresh ingredients. Ross's favorite, the pastrami sandwich, is served hot with meat that’s smoked in house and spicy mustard. Some nights live music fills the bar, and flat-screen televisions air sports games and glow bowling gives the alley a neon aura.

900 W Capitol Ave
West Sacramento,
CA
US