My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level?starting as young as 6 weeks?and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
There's nothing routine about teeth cleanings at Laguna Village Dental. Amir Shad, DDS and his dental staff use a customized mix of medicated gels, prescription mouth rinses, and vibrating Ultrasonic scalers, when necessary, to lift plaque and restore oral health. Performing these regular cleanings, as well as keeping patients informed about at-home care, is the foundation of the staff's preventative care. When cosmetic or restorative treatments are in order, however, Dr. Shad channels more than a decade's worth of experience in perfecting smiles with technologies that range from Lumineers veneers to Invisalign treatments.
At Moore's Chinese Martial Arts, which is one of more than 20 affiliated martial arts schools on the West Coast, the instructors specialize in shou shu, a system of pure self-defense. Literally translating into "beast knowledge," the efficient fight system utilizes the motions of seven different fighting animals. Each animal specializes in a specific type of motion and relies on the laws of physics to generate immense powers channeled in different ways. A demonstrative video showcases the martial as a practical defense technique, which Al Moore Sr. brought to the U.S. from China more than 45 years ago. In some cases, the shou shu practitioners in the video show how the discipline's strikes and takedowns can subdue multiple attackers, which would be needed if you were at a super villain's cloning facility.
Professional paintball player Dave "The Beast" Bains competes in tournaments around the world, but he always comes back to his family's paintball park to share tips with newcomers or referee a game. Some days, he'll pick up a marker and take to the sprawling arena himself, joining other guests as they scramble past giant spools, towering inflatable bumpers, and gigantic tunnels. The sounds of whizzing paintballs and laughter resound across the park's eight fields as players duck behind castle walls and roll over turf and grass. After games, they'll retire to the staging area and rest beneath the shaded picnic area or cool off in the gentle spray of water misters.
Dave and his staff open the fields to guests aged 10 and older, assigning groups of players to separate games according to skill and experience level. They equip guests with professional markers, paintballs, and protective gear.
The letters "SSST" are stamped on the swim caps of the Sacramento Synchronized Swim Team: a group of seasoned coaches and 20–45 youth and teenage swimmers who compete in tournaments across the country. The team, which was founded in 1985, operates as a nonprofit, relying on donations from the community to fuel their tournaments. In an effort to give back, the members of the team host kids synchronized swimming lessons and camps at pools and melted ice rinks throughout Sacramento.
Golf balls blast off from tee boxes before falling gently onto the greens at Bradshaw Ranch Golf Course, where players can hone short-game skills across a nine-hole, par 3 layout with holes ranging from 84 to 218 yards in length. Confident swings are rewarded on the third and fourth holes, where tee shots must soar above ponds and get clearance from earthworm air-traffic controllers in order to reach the green safely. Golfers looking to improve their swing can head to the pro shop to stock up on the latest gear.
Bradshaw Ranch Golf Course also offers the new, exciting sport of footgolf to its players. Played just like golf except using a soccer ball, players "tee off" at the teeing ground, kicking the ball down the fairway all while negotiating hazards and trying to reach a 21-inch cup set adjacent to the putting greens. Soccer cleats are not allowed on the golf course, but indoor soccer shoes or turf soccer shoes are recommended.