Bowling at Sparetimes is all about fun and convenience. Bumpers in each of the 32 lanes rise and fall with ease so that parents and children can share a lane, and an automatic scoring system keeps track of frames as pins clatter to the floor. The snack bar provides sustenance in the form of pizza and sandwiches, while the arcade offers a chance to stretch out fingers on both hands. Bowlers also take a break between games at the Winners Circle sports bar, where they can continue enjoy a game of pool or electronic darts. On the weekends, the lights go low during glow bowl, when music videos take over the two 10‘x12’ screens hanging above the lanes and black lights give white T-shirts a bluish gleam so that they can be used to direct approaching UFOs to the parking lot.
Ice skaters of all stripes can find a home at Hampton Roads IcePlex. For budding figure skaters, the instructors offer lessons at 10 different levels. Beginners learn basic pivots and spins, and as skaters reach competitive levels, they cover double-axels, Arabian cartwheels, and turning ice into gold. Hockey players can also improve their skills at the complex?instructors lead leagues and workshops, which eschew figure skating's acrobatics and emphasize skating with speed and control. Even toddlers have a place at the rink?kids as young as 4 can take intro lessons that cover fundamentals such as falling safely. And those who want to just skate for fun can lace up rental blades during public skate sessions.
At Yorktown Stables, more than a dozen horses can often be found traipsing down trails that wind through acres of pastures and woods nestled alongside the Poquoson River. Helmed by seasoned equestrian Kristen Paster, the stables' staff teaches aspiring riders to bond with these same steeds during lessons in Western, English, and saddleseat riding. This healthy and diverse stable of horses accommodates riders of all levels, whether they’re children or adults, hobbyists or competitors, or humans or sentient saddles.
A horse trainer and instructor for more than 20 years, Angie Pfeiffer draws on her experiences handling dozens of horse breeds at farms throughout the nation while conducting riding lessons. During one-hour lessons, students don a stylish, ASTM?certified helmet provided by the stable and hop atop one of the experienced lesson horses or ponies. While at the helm of their steed, riders learn everything from basic horse husbandry to advanced riding skills, thereby gaining confidence and denouncing the notion that horseback riding must be done inverted, under the belly, and with a tight grip around the horse. For clients looking for a more leisurely experience, Pfeiffer Riding Stables offers trail rides through 150 acres of wooded trails, with stunning views of flora and fauna.
Sunlight glints off the glassy water of King's Creek, where it dapples the russet and ebony manes of horses with names such as Trooper and Pepsi as they amble across Triple M Ranch's acreage. Six days per week, the gentle steeds await their saddles, bridles, and visitors as the stables' expert guides lead herds on four daily rides whose routes follow the creek and naturally occurring compass groves through nearby woods and pastures. Triple M also hosts horses for field boarding, where they roam the 150-acre farm and graze freely on hay and other grassy treats while befriending fellow stallions and fillies within the borders of a white picket fence.