As Halloween nears, a cold chill takes over the normally peaceful grounds of the Pocono Bazaar Flea Market. It has nothing to do with the weather. Scary clowns, zombies, and other terrors wait around dark corners, only coming into view once lights flash and loud sounds announce their presence. Luckily, the horror is confined to 3D Frights. As its name suggests, the haunted attraction outfits its visitors with pairs of 3D glasses, which make the scary clowns appear closer, the ceilings look like they're caving in, and the watch on your wrist look like you just missed dinner.
After visiting many of the area's kid-friendly play spaces with her own two daughters, Tara Carson decided to take a swing at it herself. Wanting to create a fun and affordable place for parents to hang out with their kids, Tara opened Jellybean Town, USA, a place that stokes kids' imaginations. Parents and tots flock to the multicolored space for art classes?both for kids and adults?where they might paint pictures, design a mosaic, or make a bust of their favorite teacher with duct tape. Open art and playtime sessions give visitors access to art stations and opportunities for imaginative pretend play, such as Jellybean Town's costume shop, play market, and library.
Sweat Like a Girl challenges women to achieve their physical potential with its out-of-the-ordinary classes, including pole fitness, dumbbell diva, and fight club, which combines martial arts training with a strenuous workout. In addition to these regular classes, adventure runs get women out in nature, conquering obstacles and climbing through the mud to race in support of their team.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym program that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months to 12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities. Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents magazine.
10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu is a distinct form of grappling, one largely kept under wraps by its creator Eddie Bravo. But martial arts studios across the world teach it—including 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Bethlehem. After obtaining Eddie's blessing, the studio's two instructors now teach the 10th Planet system's three distinct moves: the rubber guard, the half-guard, and the twister. In the rubber guard, grapplers pull their opponents to the mat with a leg wrapped around his shoulders and neck. The half-guard involves hooking your legs around one of your opponents, keeping them in a locked position. And then, there's the twister; during this fearsome maneuver, fighters put opponents in a choke-hold and quite literally twist their bodies to incapacitate them.
Stacked logs, stumps, and tangled thickets make good hiding spots—or are they obstacles? Clad in camouflage and goggles, players navigate that question while stalking the woods at The Paintball Asylum. They grasp paintball guns during color-splattering rounds of the game, which resembles a grittier Capture the Flag. Extra supplies for the matches are available at The Paintball Asylum's pro shop, and the space accommodates birthday and bachelor parties, as well as corporate team-building events.