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.
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.
Carole Turnbo credits CrossFit’s dedication to varied, functional fitness with giving her a new lease on life. Now certified in CrossFit nutrition and as a Level 1 trainer, she shares her passion for healthy exercise as often as she can. But, while running a “Fit Club” at Schmucker Middle School and coaching a rugby team exemplify her dedication, they play second fiddle to her true calling: training students during classes at CrossFit Michiana.
The end goal in each of Carole’s sessions is competence in CrossFit’s 10 recognized fitness domains, which include cardio-respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. Students gain their ranks with the help of the Workout of the Day (WOD), an ever-changing exercise that incorporates one or more elements of the aforementioned fitness domains. During sessions, groups of students occupy CrossFit Michiana’s workout warehouse—which is more like a fitness playground—as they sweat through moves such as push-ups, pull-ups, weight lifting, and rowing. Like Santa’s collection of antique sabers, CrossFit Michiana also has equipment that can be fun but should never be used as toys, including ropes for climbing, gymnastics rings for dips, and massive tires for tire flipping.
The nature of the seasoning that gives Whiskey Dick's Five Star Dive Bar’s handmade, never-frozen beef patties such a bold flavor will forever remain a kitchen secret. The origin of the 5-Star Stack burger’s name, however, is anything but secret: the towering structure consists of two grilled cheese sandwiches that bookend two patties crowned with grilled onions and bacon. Along with the behemoth entree, Whiskey Dick’s menu includes bar classics such as mozzarella sticks hand-dipped in housemade breading, as well as a half-pound ground beef burrito rolled in a jalapeño cheddar tortilla.
To complement the meaty dishes that emerge from its kitchen, Whiskey Dick’s hosts entertainment every night, including football games broadcast on a 108-inch HD screen. Open jams let musicians gather for impromptu melody making, live bands rock out every weekend, and acoustic musicians play after-dinner sets that soothe stomachs more effectively than the nightly lullabies you sing to your navel.
Even before YMCAs were known worldwide as the easiest organization to spell with your arms, they were known for their original mission of fostering a sense of community through youth development, healthy living, and social-responsibility programs for people of all ages and income levels. The Michiana Family YMCA promotes wellness programs with a full-service gymnasium filled with an arsenal of modern Cybex strength machines, cardio machines, and free weights. Athletes can also stretch muscles within on-site racquetball courts, swim laps inside a 25-yard, six-lane indoor pool, and film re-creations of the 1996 Olympics on the 1/16th-mile outdoor track. The Y organizes youth programs such as summer camps and leadership opportunities and keeps younger tots occupied with childcare services.
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.