The passionate wildlife guides at Tours in the Glades usher nature-starved sightseers into the lush wetlands and past the stunning marine wildlife of the Everglades. Captivating facts about the Everglades’ ecological and cultural significance abound, as do anecdotes about some of the birds and reptiles that call the wetlands home. All tours include the proper gear for watery odysseys and transportation into the park, thereby obviating the need to hitch rides on the backs of water-walking lizards.
The technicolor interior of Wonder Games is filled wall-to-wall with arcade games, trampolines, educational activities, and even a candy bar. Toddlers can crawl through a soft, indoor playground complete with miniature castle, while parents watch nearby from clusters of tables and chairs. Bigger kids can jump on trampolines, which are surrounded by protective nets, or head to the arcade to rack up game tickets that can be used to redeem prizes. The candy bar's bins are filled with bulk candies, which are weighed by the ounce, and include sour gummy worms and a rainbow of gumball flavors.
The owner of Orient Flight School knows a thing or two about getting up in the air. Yogini Modi began her career flying gliders in India, then operating micro-light aircraft for the Indian Army. She then set several records, including the longest crossing of India. Now, as the owner of Orient Flight School and one of its full-time instructors, she introduces other students to the skies she loves. Though classes in the air and on the ground, she helps them earn private pilot licenses, pass written FAA exams, and obtain instrument and multi-engine ratings necessary to rule the air and chop any cloud into a dinosaur shape.
At Family Paintball Center, players armed with rented markers storm the fields during classic games: capture the flag, elimination, and elimination’s cousin, resurrection, in which tagged players can be reborn. Separated by sky-high screens, the sprawling fields are scattered with wooden fences and spools as well as inflatable shapes that players can use to dodge incoming pellets. To make a day of it, groups can bring along food and drink, and even set up their own barbecue grill. There is also a concessions stand on-site, and local pizzerias deliver to the field, rather than just throwing their pies there Frisbee-style.
At Redline Xperience, racecar enthusiasts hit their choice of two professional-caliber tracks, driving rental rides such as an Audi R8, Aston Martin, and Porsche Carerra. In one two-hour session, a driver can switch between up to six autos, including a Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Nissan GT-R, for the full-spectrum driving experience. During warm-up laps, veteran instructors dole out tips and set drivers at ease.
Since its inception in 1916, the YMCA of Greater Miami has opened its doors to whoever needed it. It welcomed African American youths during the Great Depression, hosted military personnel in the 1940s, and gave Cuban refugees a home in the 1960s. Today, it continues the tradition of depolarizing Miami's fractured populous, remaining a haven for people of all faiths, races, ages, and income. Staffers uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. YMCA of Greater Miami also raises much-needed funding for kids and families who can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.
At the current locations, kids can leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to afterschool programs and day camps. Adults, meanwhile, can take Zumba, boot-camp, and aquatic fitness classes or work out within wellness centers replete with strength-training and cardio equipment. Adult basketball and indoor speed-soccer leagues further help guests flex their competitive spirits in an encouraging environment.