Drivetech provides classroom instruction to fledgling racecar drivers on a variety of professional racetracks across the country. The intro course lets you take the reins of a Porsche Boxster, a Chevy Corvette, or a formula car. After a round of basic classroom instruction and a few laps in a practice vehicle, you'll get to take the wheel for at least 15 minutes of racing on either the Willow Springs International Raceway, or Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, leaving your hair mussed, eyes bulged, and torso coated in corporate sponsorships. The experience eschews straight, open road in favor of high-speed turns, a hallmark of stock-car racing. You'll find nothing but professionalism and experience from the Formula Drivetech staff and nothing but new car smells from the meticulously maintained racing lineup. Check out the schedule here.
Uninitiated Indian foodies can enter the chambers of Taj Mahal's bountiful menu of flavorful fare with a safe yet savory sampling of garlic naan ($3.50) paired with a plate of deep-fried cutlets packed with mashed potatoes and veggies peppered in spicy herbs ($5). Main plates will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike, with options ranging from boldly spiced chicken vindaloo pinched with lemon and vinegar ($15) to navrattan curry, which features nine garden-fresh friends hanging out in a simmering pool of yogurt, cashews, cream, and butter ($13). No matter the dish, you get to choose how much you'd like the chef to spice it up; specify whether you'd like it mild, medium, sporty, spicy, really spicy, or "Shiva's sweat," which requires you to sign a waiver first.
Your hands wrap around the grip of a Tippmann marker. Multicolored spheres fly past you, spattering the trees and cutting air inches from your mask. Through the foliage, you can see half a plane buried nose-first in a clearing, one of many obstacles concealing potential foes. At SplatterPark, this good-natured combat sprawls across the adrenaline-soaked turf of 12 outdoor fields and 40 wooded and open acres adjacent to a lake. Warriors battle through capture-the-flag, base-defense, and other scenarios in themed arenas with adventurous names including Fort Buckeye, Snake Pit, and Dark Forest. Each field is suited to at least three types of play, but only the regular type of physics, and shouts of camaraderie echo off paint-flecked cover such as a broken-down school bus and a wooden-slat fort. In preparing for battle, combatants strap on rental or purchased gear under covered staging shelters, happy in the knowledge that their biodegradable paint ammunition will be harmlessly washed away by the elements or bears doing community service.The arena's surreal terrain was featured in the intense combat of Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball, a video game from Activision, but the real park caters to players of all abilities and ages. At an onsite café, hot dogs and burgers refuel warriors and allow them to tell if their nemeses are actually target dummies with no appetite, and the pro shop's staff bustles among markers, accessories, and spare parts.
U-Vary Aire's instruction takes place in an FAA-certified Cessna 150H, a two-seater with just enough room for one instructor, one student, and one great big squealing spirit of adventure (click here and search for the Cessna 150H aircraft owned by U-Vary Aire owner and instructor Frank Ujvari to view the certification). At the start of the instructional session, students will learn from the ground about pre-flight plane-inspection techniques and read over an earth-bound syllabus of the training program. After becoming fully acquainted with safety and procedure, the flying commences. The 20- to 30-minute flight includes guidance from an experienced instructor on flying straight, leveling, banking, turning, and landing. Students will also be educated on the control panel and tower communication. The total program usually lasts around one hour.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
With nearly a decade of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym's Polaris location provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones and maturing moppets can exercise their brains and bodies. Visiting youngsters glean social, intellectual, and emotional skills from the facility's professionally developed parent/child program.