Across six indoor courts, the students and instructors at Evansville Tennis Center lob, serve, and volley tennis balls year-round. Classes are open to students aged 4 through adult, and the instructors have trained state and national champions and have also helped students nab scholarships. Students can bring their own racket to class, or use one provided by the center.
Bouncing Off the Walls brings the party to your party. The company rents out inflatables for kids of many ages, including a toddler bounce house, a ninja obstacle course, and bounce houses equipped with slides, Velcro walls, and baseball or basketball games.
Pump It Up specializes in indoor, inflatable arenas for children. During fun-filled pop-in visits, children can leap around gargantuan air-filled bounce houses, slip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an air-filled obstacle course. Pump It Up’s giant indoor air arenas are climate-controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by a well-trained staff and local police. Parents bounce for free during pop-in, so childless adults who want to play will need to borrow a neighbor’s kid or win one by collecting soda tops.
From expert installation and anchoring to insurance coverage and rule enforcement, Pump It Up holds itself to strict safety standards. Since jumping is an exciting method for burning calories, a lively lark through Pump It Up’s inflatable fun houses will cause youthful energy to melt off faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player.
A full moon casts pale bands of light across the calm waters of Hovey Lake as canoes weave silently through a half-submerged forest of bald cypress trees. Like most Canoe Evansville trips, this moonlight paddle transports paddlers to an area accessible only by watercraft. A subsidiary member of the Wesselman Nature Society, Canoe Evansville embodies the Society’s mission to cultivate an appreciation of local nature and a healthy respect for the tyrannical river god. To that end, guides certified by the American Canoe Association educate paddlers about the ecological importance of local waterways and are quick to identify the cormorants, ospreys and egrets that roost along the shore.
At the heart of Ennis Horsemanship Center is David and Jill Ennis, a married couple with a shared passion for the majestic nature of horses. Before moving to Chandler in 2010, David and Jill ran a successful stable in Missouri?the very place where David happened to also propose to Jill, inside the riding arena. Today, the Ennises and their roster of award-winning school horses provide training, education, and riding lessons that accommodate kids and adults. These lessons emphasize becoming a total ?horseperson,? meaning students not only learn how to ride a horse, but also how to care for it to and teach it how to neigh orders at drive-thru windows. To make their services even more accessible to the community, David and Jill have also registered their facility as part of the Horses4Heroes network.
Since joining the Frontier League in 1996, the Otters have shattered several of the league's records while sending dozens of signees to the MLB. In 2005, the club became the first in the league to record a million total fans in attendance—a vote of confidence that led the Otters, in the the subsequent season, to repay Evansville with its first Frontier League championship. The team passed another milestone in 2012, becoming the first FL team to rack up 700 wins, still a far cry from matching some local 7-year-olds' kickball record of infinity wins. Opened in 1915, the Otters' home turf, Bosse Field, enjoys its own legacy of storied moments, most notably its use during the filming of A League of Their Own.