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.
Since 1981, the family-owned-and-operated Davis Athletic Club has served as a multipurpose fitness stop for visitors of all ages. Its gym equipment inhabits specialized facilities for strength training, cardio workouts, and martial arts drills, and the indoor soccer field and basketball court accommodate both casual and competitive players. With two heated pools—one for laps and one for functional exercise—members can practice aqua aerobics or earn a master’s degree in floating from swim school. Nearly every room of the 24,000-square-foot space also hosts group classes, channeling the power of camaraderie to transform physiques through Zumba, yoga and Les Mills’s BodyPump routines.
The staff, from certified personal trainers to childcare supervisors, all devote individualized attention to each guest. With amenities including a CrossFit gym and hair salon, the club unites its members under a roof that covers countless approaches to health.
During his 17-year-long professional paintballing career, Micah McGlocklin clinched five championships, including one with Sacramento XSV, a team he formed in 2003. He has more than 12 years of experience operating paintball fields, and this technical expertise paired with his obvious passion for the sport is evident in the facilities at Davis Paintball Center. Eager to introduce others to the joys of chromatic chaos, Micah and his staff walk novices through the game’s rules, equipment, and safety tips. Newbies are then organized into teams for refereed bouts on one of nine fields spread across 40 acres. As tenderfoots test out their paintballing skills on fields such as Four Corners and Center Castle—where a roomy distance separates opponents—advanced players can compete in more compact spaces at two hyperball fields, an airball field, and a paint-soaked broom closet.
Behind a rough-hewn wooden façade, walls embellished with wheels and cycles surround Apex Cycles & Services' solo employee, Aaron Curtin. While stocking the store with quality bikes and parts from brands such as Kona, Continental, and De Rosa, Aaron builds an excellent rapport with customers by executing thorough cycle services for almost all makes and models. Bike treatments range from basic tune-ups to comprehensive overhauls that include the installation of fresh parts and a deep cleansing. Aaron also constructs bikes from custom components and works with clients to accommodate all budgets by utilizing prviously used parts and allowing patrons to whittle down debts by volunteering at the shop. Aaron can pick up and drop off two-wheelers himself or welcome them into his store with more delight than a BMX rider moving to a neighborhood filled with drained pools.
The class is small, a cluster of hard-working students lift their legs as an instructor walks around them to check posture and adjust forms. The instructors at ReVibe Pilates & Bodywork purposefully keep their Pilates classes intimate to ensure they can attend to each student in turn. This enables the teachers to better help their charges as they build core, arm, and leg muscles by performing exercises on the Reformer machines or on the mat.
In addition to mat and reformer classes, the team also leads Barre ReVibe sessions that use ballet-inspired exercises to create long and lithe physiques. Massage therapists, meanwhile, are on hand to help students recover from injury or stress with treatments such as Swedish massage, hot stone therapy, or group hugs.
The Davis Musical Theatre Company, one of California’s longest-running nonprofit amateur musical-theater companies, celebrates its 26th season with a stellar playbook of beloved Broadway winners. From February 25 to March 20, catch the cherished Guys and Dolls and sing along to classics songs such as “Luck Be a Lady” and “They’re Called Action Figures.” Spring brings the hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (April 22–May 15), and June 17 to July 10 takes kids and puer aeternus patrons back to Neverland when Peter Pan sweeps the stage. With 238 excellent seats at Davis Musical Theatre Company, everybody has great sightlines, and there won’t be a dry eye in the house when Tinkerbell sings “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.”
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