At Firs Bowl Lanes, brightly colored house bowling balls glide down 24 synthetic and wood lanes as automatic scoring systems prevent exaggeration-prone players from claiming to have bowled a 3,000. Anchoring the bowling center’s concourse, these lanes attract both league and open bowlers, who frequent special weekend events such as Friday Family Night and the neon-lit Kosmic Bowl. The center’s amenities include bumper lanes, a lottery, video games, and a diner-style snack bar where guests sit on low-slung barstools while enjoying food, beer, and other beverages.
Playground Sports builds up a sweat with a combination of traditional league sports such as basketball and volleyball and retro games, including kickball, bowling, and lawn games. League members form teams or have Playground Sports make the team arrangements, then practice their ping-pong swing with team pub or take aim in dodge ball.
The City of Eugene Recreation Services' dedicated staffers encourage locals to build strong relationships and muscles through diverse recreation programs offered year-round. They organize and lead snowboarding and kayaking programs for outdoor adventure-seekers, helm dance classes, and operate fitness facilities to provide indoor retreats for youth and families'. At Echo Hollow and Sheldon, staffers slip into indoor pools to lead aquatic fitness classes, or stay out of the water to monitor lap swims. In warmer months, the Amazon outdoor water arena allows swimmers to shoot down water slides at speeds faster than comets sprinkled with coffee. Aiming to make activities enjoyable to all partakers, the City of Eugene Recreation Services provides a bevy of adaptive recreation services for participants with disabilities as well as a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
Glass doors line two lofted floors at The Lesson Factory's headquarters, barely able to contain the harmonies held within. In training rooms throughout the facility, instructors—some with degrees as high as the graduate level—guide aspiring musicians of all ages toward their music-making goals with programs geared to individualized learning. Students choose from rock and classical instruments, learning how to form chords on a guitar, keep steady rhythms on drums, or nobly play violin on a sinking boat. Thanks to a steady schedule of blues jams for adults and recitals for kids, all budding musicians get the chance to show off their skills to an audience on a regular basis.
Kipsters Gymnastics, Dance & Fitness keeps all 11,000 square feet of its facility humming with activity. In Gym A, older kids and adults bounce on eight personal trampolines and tumble across gymnastic beams and mats, while younger gymnasts practice on the pintsized trampoline and rings in Gym B. Safety-minded instructors guide dancers of all abilities through ballet, jazz, and hip-hop classes amid two dance rooms. A toy-filled playroom keeps siblings entertained as their brothers and sisters participate in tumbling, cheer, gymnastics, and trampoline classes in the main gym. The playroom's two viewing windows also let parents keep an eye on all their kids at once, eliminating the need for stuffed animal informants.
Kipsters' year-round classes and spacious facility aren't just for kids; parents can hook into the center's free WiFi or enjoy an adult beginning ballet and hip-hop classes for students 15 years and older. As the ultimate gift to caretakers, Kipsters presents weekly Parents' Survival Nights, which free up four hours of uninterrupted date time on Friday nights.
At Eugene Piano Academy, students from preschool age to adulthood learn new musical abilities or polish rusty skills with one-on-one guidance, group lessons, and summer camps led by university-trained instructors. Director Susane Reis and a staff of eminently qualified music teachers draw from years of performance, academic study, and teaching to help students harness their creative energies and build strong musical reading fundamentals and playing techniques.