The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
Children's Fairyland is located at in Oakland, CA and is a theme park dedicated to the joys and wonders of being a child. They have a 60-year history of delighting children of all ages. The original founder, businessman Arthur Navlet, wanted to create a storybook theme park that would feature everyone’s favorite stories from childhood. There are life-size replicas of many beloved fairy tales. Each week, they produce and host theatrical events such as the King Midas puppet show, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Peter Rabbit and many others. They have 40 storybook sets on 10 acres complete with beautiful gardens, exciting kid’s rides and animals that the children can pet. Each year, they hold summer day camps where kids of all ages and can come and discover the joys of reading. They’re also given the opportunity to get involved in the performing arts program.
Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arenas launch socked striplings into the air with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Staffers supervise fun-filled visits, during which adult counterparts leap around with their kids through gargantuan bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an inflated obstacle course.
The colorful venue also hosts custom birthday parties and private team parties, each themed to please the partygoers in question. These soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. The birthday boy or girl even gets to blow out the candles on their cake seated in their blow-up throne. Occasionally, the staffers switch off the lights, arming the roomful of players with glow sticks and bracelets as they navigate the air-cushioned obstaclescape. Relying on the staffers' vigilant, watchful eyes, guardians can rest assured that their charges will stay safe, and each piece of the inflatable playground is held to the floor and ceiling by a complex series of anchors installed according to strict safety standards.
GoKart Racer safely curbs the need for speed with its fleet of Sodi RX 7 European racing karts, which come equipped with hydraulic brakes, a four-point racing harness, and a 9-horsepower Honda engine that can reach up to 35 miles per hour. The speedsters weave through each facility's indoor European-style road courses, including the 3/8-mile SuperTrack, which has more than 20 turns, an elevation change, and the occasional hotshot, road-jumping frog.
Before the green flag waves, the staff members equip racers with a racing suit, a helmet, and a brief rundown of the kart's abilities and dietary regulations. They tailor races to different age groups by offering kids? karts, a driving school for minors, and racing leagues for experienced drivers, and they augment traditional racing with a laser maze. The facility also welcomely opens its doors for birthday parties and other events.
Wind Over Water Kiteboarding founder Jeff Kafka tamed both wave and wind as a professional kite boarder and big-wave surfer before starting his own kite-boarding instruction school. During a two-hour beach lesson, beginners soak up kiting basics—including equipment setup, safety systems, wind theory, kite mechanics, and more—from a trained instructor while staying on dry land. Customers also perfect self-rescue, a vital skill for kite-board crashes or pickup lines gone awry. With no more than three people and one ocean in each lesson, there is plenty of individual instruction from Jeff's handpicked instructors, who get wind-whisperers in shape for the next level of instruction by the end of the two hours.
Umigo Indoor Kart Racing's staff alters the track every two or three weeks, reconfiguring the layout based on one of the more than 30 available designs. Hairpin turns and high-speed straightaways may appear in different places, and each course provides drivers with an exhilarating-yet-accessible challenge. The sound of roaring engines fills the air as high-performance go-karts soar around the track. At the same time, throughout each race marshals keep an eye on participants and use colored flags, nonverbal queues, and spoken instructions to communicate with drivers.
The visitors' safety remains a top priority for all of the staff members at Umigo. In addition to monitoring each race, they help first-timers by providing tips and feedback intended to create a safe and enjoyable experience.