Equinox Laser Tag is helmed by a team of laser-tag aficionados who have been playing since the sport's inception in the mid-80s. In their 7,000-square-foot indoor arena, they let visitors choose from a wide range of scenarios to play games of capture-the-flag, humans vs. zombies, or kittens vs. laser pointers among a variety of inflatable obstacles. Their facility also features outdoor battlefields where players can raid a mobile laser-tag trailer, equipped with enough barricades and infrared taggers to create a tactically challenging combat zone that suits up to 20 combatants.
From two outposts on the shores of Mission Bay, Adventure Water Sports, LLC launches vessels and seafaring classes to introduce customers to the joy of cutting through veils of spray and sunshine. Both launching points are near the bay's full-speed zone, so captains hoping to tote skiers behind powerboats or do donuts on a scuba diver’s lawn in WaveRunners don't waste valuable time idling through the no-wake zone. Kayaks, pedal boats, and paddleboards cut across the steel-blue mirror of the no-wake zone, an ideal stretch for learning and exploring.
Instructors from Adventure Water Sports impart nautical wisdom to youngsters in summer youth classes that focus on anything from waterskiing and wakeboarding to riding aqua cycles. The waterfront retailers also rent out single and tandem terrestrial bicycles for those looking to cruise the Mission Beach boardwalk or simply explain the motorcycle noises they are making with their mouths.
Named one of Sunset magazine's Top 10 Western Gardens, The Water Conservation Garden promotes wise fluid use through educational exhibits and instructive programs. Nearly 5 acres of beautifully themed flower beds, vegetable plots, and native plant patches showcase ways to enhance the landscape and make the most of your yard without slurping the world's aquifers through a sprinkler-sized straw.
Pumpkin Stations turn pumpkin shopping and family-park excursions into a one-stop trip. Each of the five Pumpkin Station locations houses a variety of family-fun activities, from giant slides and mini-trains to sky fighter rides and carousels. Mission Valley, for instance, enables visitors to get their sea legs with an on-site boat ride, while the El Cajon game zones gives them a place to rest in between activities. No matter the location, families, friends, and groups can stroll through an asphalt pumpkin patch to seek out a large, plump gourd to take home and carve into a jack-o-lantern.
Equipment: TRX, kettlebells, free weights, heavy bags, grappling mats, MMA cage, mitts
Students Should Bring: Comfortable workout clothes
Average Class Length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class Location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
At Wonkaramics, more than 100 different premade ceramics await. Customers can pick out items that pique their interest—such as cats, plates, vases, or jewelry boxes—and adorn them with more than 50 colors of paint, personalizing their creations before they are fired in a heated kiln. Customers can also arrange precut glass pieces on plates or candleholders in glass fusion.