Helmed by dulcet-toned Pamela Casella, the instructors at the vocal-music-performance summer camp mold fledgling songbirds into tuneful troubadours with one week of training focused on technique and performance skills. Within the pitch-perfect walls of the Federal Way High School choir room, groups of talented juvenescents explore a wide variety of vocal styles during classes, workshops, and one-on-one lessons under the wings and prosthetic beaks of experienced instructors. Parents can guide hands through the age-old routine of clapping, videotaping, and oscillating like a fan during the Saturday-morning showcase performance, where warbling whippersnappers reveal their newly polished pipes through an ebullient recital of madrigals.
Ceilings aside, there are few non-bounceable surfaces to be found inside Trampoline Nation. Its main jumping area, the Launch Zone, includes more than 5,000 square feet of trampolines, including some angled ones that allow youngsters to literally bounce off the walls. The Trick Nation and Half-Pipe areas let kids aged 5 and older practice tricks under the watchful eye of the facility's air guards, while Dunk Nation's giant trampolines launch participants high enough to slam dunk the hoop. Besides being open extended hours during school breaks, Trampoline Nation hosts dodgeball tournaments and jump nights for teens and tweens, where visitors often have growth spurts in midair. As kids bounce about, their guardians can watch all the action from a comfy mezzanine complete with sofas and free WiFi.
In order to help clients fit exercise into their schedules, the instructors at Strong Body Health host boot-camp classes seven days a week. During a typical class, students can expect to bounce from one workout station to the next, completing exercises such as resistance-band pulls, box jumps, runs, jump roping, and free-weight lifts. If group settings remind you of the time you misspelled "cute" as "qute" during your elementary-school spelling bee, Strong Body Health also offers one-on-one personal-training sessions.
On paper, cheerleading's rah-rah spirit doesn't vibe with martial arts' quiet, disciplined approach. But the staff members at Extreme Energy Sports and Fitness make the two activities work. Their cheerleading classes introduce students to moves, cheers, and Tony Basil lyrics, whereas kenpo karate classes—taught by 40-year veteran Master Rainey—introduce students to attacks and counterattacks. If students have leftover energy, the facility also features a fitness center.
In March 1964, Dr. Milton Walker began his tour of England with one mission: to send cuttings from public and private British gardens back to his native America. Though he was enchanted by several flowers, he knew that none of these cuttings could be imported directly to the United States. So he had them sent through Canada. Over the next several years, staff from the University of British Columbia filtered through these samples, sending one of each plant on to the United States?and to their permanent home?at the Rhododendron Species Foundation. Today, this non-profit organization conserves 700 of the more-than 1,000 species of rhododendrons found around the world and the two species found inside the earth's molten core.
More than 10 botanical gardens house these brilliant seasonal blooms and their natural companionate flora. Guided and self-guided tours usher visitors down pathways where colorful plantings abound in gardens dedicated to alpine flowers, azaleas, a magnolia grove, and a tranquil pond filled with predatory cattails. In addition to flowers, these gardens also host seasonal events such as special plant sales and staff lectures, as well as classes on topics ranging from plant photography to gardening. Pack a picnic to spread out across the new picnicking area, open during warmer months.
Every day, the staff at Boba Smoothie blend fresh fruits and other ingredients to create smoothies, teas, and non-dairy milk teas. But the sweet flavors of fruit and tea aren't the drinks' only feature?the cups fill with chewy boba pearls, which add a burst of texture to every taste like a lego made of candy. Staff members also serve up fresh scoops of gelato in such flavors as mango, coconut, and cupcake.