At grassy ranches and farms throughout eastern New York, Jennifer Breslin leads lessons and training programs in several riding disciplines. Breslin began riding as a young girl, competing in hunter and equitation rings while also working for a local trainer. While working with the horses there, she helped them to grow comfortable with the demands of cattle ranchers. She showed them the sharp turns required to chase down individual cows, how to fetch the newspaper each morning, and even drove herds of 30 or more into their proper pens. In her college years, Breslin competed in eventing and dressage while also galloping racehorses. Her students regularly compete in A-Circuit shows, and her horses enjoy the variety of the lessons, which provide them with plenty of exercise and a reason to go shopping for new horse outfits.
Gusts of steam blasting out of vents, the eerie black eyes of neon-green aliens, and fiery-mouthed craters set the stage at Outer Zone Laser Tag’s 5,000-square-foot arena. Within this extraterrestrial combat zone, players scurry up a 175-foot ramp system and duck behind columns to avoid enemy fire or any existential crises that crop up when aiming the phaser at a best friend. Flickering of strobe lights and swirls of fog hamper vision as players crawl through tunnels and aim their lasers at opponents’ LED-lit vests, hoping for direct hits and big points. Before each session, groups learn the game rules in a briefing room and gear up with the help of a zone commander in the vesting room. Outer Zone Laser Tag also welcomes birthday parties, inviting celebrants to shimmy on a dance floor after taking down enemies in the arena.
Since its establishment in 1986, The National Museum of Dance has been charming guests through live performance, video installations, and archival displays. Aside from receiving free admission for the entire year, all card-carrying members get access to reduced admission to the museum's special events, 10% off all purchases in the gift shop, two guest passes, and issues of Foot Notes — the museum's semi-annual newsletter. Current exhibits include a tribute to Michael Jackson, a gallery of costumes from television's Dancing with the Stars, and a curiously creative display of postal stamps highlighting dance styles from around the world.
At The Lazy Horse Equine Center & Hannanna Stables, steeds trot around the sandy footing of an indoor arena, two 60-foot round pens, and a sprawling outdoor space. During private and group lessons, instructors tailor the curriculum to individuals' experience levels, zeroing in on the basics of Western or English riding styles or expounding on advanced skills such as barrel racing or jumping. The center's staff also pioneers expeditions on nearby trails and boards horses in stalls spacious enough to accommodate their antique armoires filled with oats.:m]]
Tippy Bowl, named The Saratogian's "Best of Bowling" in 2009, boasts brightly colored walls, 14 classic lanes, a fully-stocked snack bar, and opportunities for families and friends to come together to strap on a pair of fashionable shoes. Up to four bowling bipeds can enjoy two hours of ball heaving, pizza munching, soda slurping, and repeated attempts to trick stoic bowling pins into smiling and losing their jobs. After unplugging thumbs, head over to Tippy Bowl's newly renovated snack bar for a treat, or unwind in the lounge, replete with Direct TV sports channels and freedom from taunting 7–10 splits.
Schauber Stables, LLC is more than just a riding facility—it's the home to a cadre of rescue animals. Throughout the verdant, sprawling grounds, horses, ponies, and goats that have been given a second chance caper and gallop to the delight of onlookers. Visitors to the family-friendly establishment can learn how to ride atop a seasoned horse during lessons taught by veteran trainers or tour the farm during a field trip, where they'll learn about the animals' backgrounds from the staff and the horses' journal entries.
Owned by local horse lovers, Kimberly Farms is a thriving equitation facility that treats visitors to scenic trail rides and instruction from certified trainers. Its 60 acres of lush farmland include Vermont’s oldest marble quarry, a nature preserve, and Lookout Mountain, which treats eyes to majestic views of three states and the Berkshire, Green, and Taconic mountain ranges. Trail rides offer visitors a comprehensive tour of the compound as well as chances to spy wildlife such as deer, foxes, and wild cowboys performing mating dances with lassos. During riding lessons, instructors teach pupils various styles of riding including English, Western, trail riding, and bareback. Kimberly Farms also hosts groups for day camps, overnight camp, and special events.