Michelle Alpern, an avid swimmer and Red Cross-certified lifeguard since high school, is the founder of the Kids and Infant Safety Swim (KISS) Swim Program. Tailoring lessons to each student’s needs, Michelle and staff lead sessions for infants, toddlers, kids, and adults, focusing on the swim-float-swim method in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. She specializes in childhood education, and her training includes more than 175 hours of pool instruction, child psychology and physiology, and CPR and AED certifications.
The staff at Cain Park Bicycle stocks bikes and bike accessories for pedal pushers of all stripes. Acquire an adult-oriented velocipede such as the Bianchi C2C Via Nirone 7 2300 ($650), or teach a tot about the liberating loneliness of the open road with a Kazam Kid's balance bike ($75). The two-wheeled emporium proffers bikes from Biria, Rocky Mountain, and Miele, among other well-known brands, and delights in fixing up ailing cycles of any make, whether they need a tune-up or complete rebuild.
At White Horse Equestrian, riders earn their spurs during lessons, classes, and outings run by the ranch’s corral of coaches. Students learn horsemanship and riding techniques according to their existing skillset, whether acquiring advanced communication skills or fundamentals, such as where in the saddle to store a pony's sunglasses on cloudy days. Casual visitors can board rented steeds for trail rides, attend themed summer camps, or use the idyllic grounds to host a birthday party featuring games, crafts, and instructional trots.
The 6,490-yard course at Wicked Woods Golf Club challenges golfers of all types with rolling tree-lined fairways and ball-gobbling sand traps. Each elevated tee box proffers whimsical views of undulating greens and serene water hazards, and provides peace of mind to sensitive club heads that favor precise placement over crushing drives or explosive putts. A complimentary cart transports twosomes and their clubs to pins or shanked shots more easily than a piggyback ride from a caddy, and keeps muscles well rested for canoodling with the gallery after sinking holes-in-one. Resulting in the utmost of relaxation, weekend rounds cap off long workweeks, and weekday matches utilize fast-rolling greens to get golf balls home before curfew.
Many of the young riders at Elite Stables begin lessons soft-voiced and shy, and the instructors have seen them bloom into skilled riders whose confidence extends beyond the arena.
Elite Stables recognizes that every rider comes to the stable with different goals, so lessons are tailored to the rider’s aspirations: training without stirrups, for instance, helps students strengthen their legs. Gentle trots offer slow-paced relaxation, while jumping offers an unparalleled adrenaline rush. Regardless of the itinerary, instructors strive to foster a safe learning environment where students can decide which area of equestrianism they wish to pursue, be it dressage or carousel operations.
The dance instructors at Alpha Dance Studio know a thing or two about how to move gracefully. That's because each of them have more than 10 years of teaching experience, with some boasting more than two decades of dancing with wins at competitions. They use that wide expertise to teach their students how to masterfully salsa, mambo, and swing—whatever their proficiency level—during private and group lessons. Additionally, anyone hoping to win Best Dancer at their own wedding may also benefit from the group's wedding-specific dance lessons.