The Biggs Museum of American Art showcases late founder Sewell C. Biggs's impressive collection that focuses on the evolution of American and especially Mid-Atlantic art from the 18th century up to the present. Steal some time inside the museum's 18 intimate galleries and peruse the permanent collection’s early American furniture, regional silver, and sculptures needled by the famously opposable-thumbed Hiram Powers. Although admission is free, the Biggs Museum fills a bustling calendar with programs such as art classes and kids’ activities that members can enjoy at a discount, along with events such as the annual member appreciation breakfast. With a rotating cast of exhibitions, current offerings include the Award Winners XI exhibition running through October 23, 2011, which displays works by the Individual Artist fellows of the Delaware Division of the Arts. The upcoming Delaware By Hand: Masters Competition exhibition, on display from November 4, 2011 to February 19, 2012, features contemporary work chosen by a panel of judges and presented in tandem with an array of public programs, art sales, and grassroots movements to line public spaces with paint-spewing fire hydrants.
Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Friends and families season afternoons with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution and engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit gear light up the full sensorium. At XL locations, game rooms beckon with nimble joystick workouts on classic and modern arcade games.
At Delaware State Fair Ice Rink, skaters of all ages slice through the permafrost on freshly sharpened blades. Along with regular open-skating sessions, the 49,000 square foot rink hosts hockey and ice skating lessons for children that impart basic skills such as balancing, weight distribution, and how to pirouette while texting. Parents cheer on their children's progress in a large, heated viewing lobby while up to 350 fans crowd into the seats to cheer on swatted shots of fall and winter ice hockey league.
With a host of classes in theater, music, and dance, Premier Centre for the Arts aims to unleash a bevy of talented youth performers upon the community. Up to 500 students per week immerse themselves in performance studies such as improvisation, musical theater, and tap dancing, learning new skills that they’ll later show off during the center's 250 annual performances or in front of a rapt audience of stuffed animals in their living room.
Skydive Maryland's team of experienced sky surfers has been escorting adrenaline seekers on 2-mile jumps since 1974. After a brief training session and couture-jump-suit fitting, adventurers fly to roughly 11,000 feet, where they barrel roll from the plane while strapped to a seasoned instructor. Exhilarating, 120-miles-per-hour free falls last for roughly one minute before the guides activate the parachute and jumpers coast through the atmosphere for 8–15 minutes, soaking in views of the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Baltimore skyline. Cloud cutters will receive before and after photos of their adventure to have proof of their extreme bravery and to earn respect from egotistical eagles. Skydives are available Saturdays and Sundays during the winter season, weather permitting.
Since first opening their grounds in 1980, Adkins Arboretum’s 400-acre garden and preserve have sheltered plants native to the mid-Atlantic coastal plain. More than 600 species of them, in fact, encompassing everything from water hemlocks and flowering dogwoods to skunk cabbages. These trees, shrubs, and grasses—not to mention picturesque streams and meadows—line five miles of paths, along which visitors can walk, bike, or even ski. If five miles sounds daunting to youngsters, they can instead explore Paw Paw Playground, an assemblage of wigwams, balance beams, and other toys crafted from natural materials by a local Eagle Scout. Besides its extensive gardens, Adkins Arboretum also plays host to numerous year-round programs, including lectures, art exhibitions, and two plant sales each year.