Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Friends and families season afternoons with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution and engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit gear light up the full sensorium. At XL locations, game rooms beckon with nimble joystick workouts on classic and modern arcade games.
Healthtrax provides its guests with salutary services and frame-forming fitness amenities. Topping out at four people and available Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, Pilates reformer classes create a personalized-training experience by providing a high level of attention from fitness experts. Developed by trainer and gymnast Joseph Pilates, the strength-boosting Pilates reformer machine uses springs to provide a variable amount of resistance that reduces stress on tendons, ligaments, and human marionette strings. Adjustable straps help to properly position arms and legs, while the curved head and shoulder support aids in stabilizing the body and refining breathing patterns. The muscle-toning machine also allows users to exercise while standing, sitting, kneeling, lying down, or sleepwalking and can be adjusted for a variety of drills. Like squeezing the body through a noodle maker, the state-of-the-art Pilates equipment makes muscles longer and leaner. Visitors can also refresh after a sweat-inducing session in the facility's renovated locker rooms, pool, and steamy sauna, while women can enjoy a quiet stretch in a private workout area.
The staff at Artistic Healings believe in the transformative power of art. To them, art is not about a finished product that adorns a wall or hides a secret passage: it's a process, a way to relieve stress and anxiety in order to live a more relaxed lifestyle. Their classes introduce children and adults to a variety of creative outlets, from fingerpainting to scrapbooking, as well as guided meditation and other stress-busting techniques.
A crack rings out from the jousting arena as armored knights clash in the pursuit of honor, while sword-swallowers thrill crowds with their death-defying art, jesters spin windy jokes, and townspeople in 15th-century garb roam the grounds tearing into turkey legs with their teeth. The Connecticut Renaissance Faire hosts these medieval-theme blowouts every year, including the Robin Hood Spring Festival and King Arthur’s Fall Harvest Faire. Under the themed umbrella of each gathering, actors caper about a constructed medieval village, engaging in Old English–flavored conversation and clapping games with fair-goers. In a tented marketplace, vendors sell beaded crafts, art, and tyrannical-king repellent alongside stands serving mead, beer, and other satisfying sundries. Although the shows and events vary at each fair, past spectacles have included archery displays, pub sing-alongs, and costume parades.
Shoreline Fitness's certified trainers hold tight to their philosophy of leading a life in balance. They lead patrons toward this goal by targeting their core tenets of health and fitness—stability, movement, strength, and nourishment. Both of Shoreline Fitness's clubs welcome guests to their more than 15,000-square-foot training studios, which are packed with cardio machines and strength-training equipment to assist them on their journeys to overall fitness.
Throughout the week, instructors lead more than 150 fitness classes on the hardwood floors of their numerous training studios, and NASM-certified personal trainers meet with clients individually, drafting custom workout sessions to suit their specific fitness goals. As their parents burn calories, youngsters can burn excess energy in the onsite Kids Club. In the clean, secure playroom, a childcare staff leads wee ones in hands-on activities and enlightening discourse on the fleeting impermanence of reality.
During 90-minute sessions, Bikram Yoga's experienced yogis lead side-by-side beginning to advanced students through a challenging series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises in a studio heated to 105 degrees. Torsos twist into various stress-reducing asanas to increase flexibility, tone muscles, and boost concentration, all while the heat draws toxins out of pores. Like a mom at a child's soccer game, instructors proffer post-workout sliced fruit and advice on how to properly re-tie your shoes. Students should come to class with bottled water, a sticky mat, and two towels, but all are available to rent or buy at the studio. After each class, body-benders can take advantage of the on-site locker rooms and showers. 25 classes are held each week, including one in Spanish and one in Pig Latin.