The menagerie of inflatable stations at Concord Bounce test the seemingly limitless energy of their young patrons within a climate-controlled atmosphere. Inflatable pirate ships and castles stimulate the imagination as their inhabitants play and socialize. An 18-foot slide, inflatable tee-ball field and air-filled obstacle course help children to develop motor skills and eliminate the need for parents to drench daily exercise in applesauce. As their children frolic, adult visitors can smile quietly to themselves knowing that the staff cleans and sterilizes the sock-friendly structures before each playtime. Alternately, they can supervise from within the play area or entertain themselves with arcade games, television, and free WiFi.
One of many vaudeville and movie palaces that sprung up in the 1920s, the Warner Theatre today drops jaws in much the same way it did in its infancy: with glittering chandeliers, gilded ceilings, and red-felt seats. Yet before transforming into its modern incarnation, it served as a film-only venue with such luxuries as a rooftop garden and a ballroom in the basement. The Warner even had a dance troupe akin to the Rockettes?called the Roxyettes?who would high-kick before and after the screen lit up.
After falling into disarray in the '70s, the Warner became a concert venue, saving it from the wrecking ball but forcing it to require a complete renovation in 1989 to remove years of grime and stray musical notes lodged between seat cushions. At the reopening gala, a host of stars performed, including Frank Sinatra in what would prove to be his last DC show.
Housed in a two-story replica of The Hall of Justice, also known as the headquarters of the Super Friends, the Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum unites memorabilia from fans’ favorite world savers under one roof. The museum’s comics, figurines, and artwork document the 70 years since superheroes first took over our collective imagination, replacing older, less exciting stories of cape-wearing flint and chisels. After browsing a vintage comic-book collection that spans the Golden Age and Silver Age, guests can wander through sections devoted to guardians including Green Lantern and Superman before exploring a Batcave complete with a Batpole. In addition to toys, collectors’ items, and sketches, the museum has unique objects such as an X-Men video game and a life-size Spider-Man.
Beneath their joke-slinging exterior, comedians can be fiercely competitive. When vying for club bookings or working material at open mic night, their desire to be the best bubbles up and sharpens their wit. So when Indiana Comedy Festival puts a $5,000 prize on the line, it turns the competition into a war. Across three weeks and 14 cities, 20 comedians fling their best anecdotes and observations to make it to the finals and get within a mic-stand's reach of the purse. These are no amateurs, however; many of the contestants boast credits from such programs as Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, HBO's Def Comedy Jam, and The Bob and Tom Show.
Setting Sun Stables trains and breeds Arabian and half Arabian horses, working to ensure that horse-and-rider teams achieve their best performance abilities. For beginners who want to dip their toes in horseback riding, lessons can teach basic horsemanship and trail riding.
Musikgarten classes elevate kinesthetic, logical, spatial, and social intelligences through musical instruction to children ages 3 months to 10 years. Each course responds to the developmental needs of a particular age group, with activities and acquired skills becoming more complex as classes ascend in age group. Family Music for Babies (ages 3–16 months) engages an adult and infant with 30–35 minutes of bouncing songs, dancing, and playing simple instruments. Curiosity curdles in amateur earthling brains and a foundation for future musical exploration is set during the Cycle of Seasons course, where children 3-1/2 to 5 years of age flirt with the foundations of rhythm and tune, coddle concentration skills, and garner the ability to self-express through sound waves. The Young Musician and Piano class, for ages 4-1/2–6 and 7–10 respectively, focus on symbolic thinking, memory, and listening acuity, and run for 55–60 minutes or until the first prodigious rock opera has been composed.