While her husband was in Iraq, KinderJam founder El Brown struggled to entertain her toddler with high-energy, enriching activities that would prepare him for kindergarten. Drawing on her master's degree in early-childhood education and more than a decade as an educator for children around the globe, Brown devised a program that has since become a preschool franchise reaching more than 1,300 children in four countries. The KinderJam curriculum, designed to mesh with NAEYC framework and Developmentally Appropriate Practice standards, fosters creativity and school skills with vibrant props, creative movement, and boisterous music. For younger participants, weekly BabyJam sessions strengthen bonds between infants and parents through music-fueled tickling, cuddling, and trigonometry-proof analysis.
Everyone makes the cut at Fusion Elite All Stars. The center offers cheerleading and tumbling classes for students of all abilities, with options catering to everyone from pre-schoolers to adult beginners. What's more, the studio's traveling competitive teams are also open to anyone and everyone, with evaluations that seek only to place members on the team that best matches their experience level. Behind the welcoming environment is a staff of experienced cheer and tumbling coaches, each motivated to help students master everything from dance moves, jumps, and stunts to human pyramids and ziggurats. In addition to classes, students ages 5-14 can also enroll in seasonal cheer camps, during which, they'll learn cheers and dance routines, and enjoy fun social outings to amusement parks, swimming pools, and movie theaters.
While spring flowers dramatically burst from the ground once a year, skydivers usurp daisies and tulips by dramatically bounding from the cloud tops. Skydive Hollister's staff is fully certified by the United States Parachute Association, and all crew members have a minimum of 1,000 jumps under their wind-resistant belts. Extremely safe equipment accompanies a half hour of proper training instruction before boarding the Cessna for the nearly two-mile climb. Upon reaching jump altitude, divers leap from the plane for 20–30 seconds of freefall while confidently connected to their tandem master. Speeds reach upwards of 120 miles per hour before the parachute is pulled, signaling the start of a picturesque float to earth lasting roughly four to five minutes.
Designed by 1992 Masters champion Fred Couples, San Juan Oaks Golf Club showcases an 18-hole course that arches across 7,133 yards of San Juan Valley terrain. On the front nine, golfers test their mettle at one of Freddy's favorite holes, the 204-yard, par-3 sixth hole, where tee shots must speed through swirling winds and trees wielding catchers’ mitts to land on a green guarded by oak and eucalyptus trees. The back nine rolls through the valley’s foothills, regaling golfers with frequent elevation changes and back-to-back tees—at 16 and 17—that offer stunning views of the surrounding area. The course frequently draws top-flight golfers and is a Stage-One site of the PGA Tour's Qualifying School.
Before taking to the first tee, golfers can warm up at the club’s practice facilities, which include a 15-acre, all-grass driving range, a 10,000-square-foot putting green, and an area for chipping and bunker shots. Elegant, high-beamed ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace await golfers and underfed 9-irons at the restaurant, which serves breakfast and lunch.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-72 course designed by Fred Couples
Length of 7,133 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 74.6 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 141 from the farthest tees
Five tee options