Vegas Valley Gymnastics Center hopes to inspire confidence in children as well as adults, helping them hone their gymnastics prowess and mental focus with a variety of classes. Students of all levels?both recreational gymnasts and aspiring competitors?practice their skills at a fully equipped facility with uneven bars, a sprung floor, balance beams, and other apparatus. Students learn basic gymnastic skills that include skills like beam, floor, bars and vault, pommel horse, parallel bars, high bar, floor, and rings. Boys, girls, and tots classes are available.
Beyond gymnastics, the facility's varied schedule features dance lessons, cheer classes, and tumbling classes, which cover the fundamental techniques used in everything from cheerleading to court-jester internships. The center also offers adult fitness sessions, and for the more adventurous, aerial silks classes where students work on graceful, muscle-toning routines while suspended in the air.
Constant repetition isn't the best way to enhance fitness results. Camp Rhino's fitness courses emphasize variation above all else, whether that means tackling the CrossFit WOD (workout of the day), participating in boot camps scaled to individual ability levels, or preparing for different tasks on the obstacle course. Rhino's 10,700-square-foot facility houses myriad strength training equipment and a full multilevel obstacle course designed to prepare clients for mud runs, obstacle races, and awkward job interviews. Boot camps include outdoor portions as well, where gym-goers throw logs and pull tires to build muscle.
Outside of Graceland, The King's Ransom Museum showcases one of the largest collections of artifacts and personal treasures owned by Elvis Presley. Curated by Elvis historian Bud Glass and collector Russ Howe, the exhibit encompasses artifacts that span Presley's career from 1950 until his death. Highlights include familiar wardrobe pieces he donned on stage and screen, such as a custom two-piece leather suit and his massive ring from the 1972 documentary Elvis on Tour. The museum also houses large jewelry and gun and badge collections assembled by the "King of Bling," as well as the last car Presley ever purchased and other historic artifacts from his youth.
The museum also delves into Presley's private life, displaying more-personal effects such as the custom, red crushed-velvet bedspread from his Graceland home and his pajamas, whose dry-cleaning slips have been lost forever. To supplement these artifacts, Russ and Bud incorporate plenty of the King's private photos and home movies. On select days, the museum welcomes guest appearances from some of Presley's friends and colleagues, such as his Blue Hawaii costar Darlene Tompkins and his Kissin' Cousins costar Cynthia Pepper.
Though the Las Vegas Strip provides a glittering backdrop, to the drivers at Gene Woods Racing Experience, the blinking lights are all a blur. Behind the wheel of high-performance go-karts, they zip around the 3/8-mile track at up to 45 mph, which is faster than a standard go-kart's top speed. Drivers learn to commandeer the speedy karts through an instructional video before they are let loose onto the curving track for 15-18 heart-pumping laps. Between races, competitors can go head to head in the arcade, or call their father to tell him about what a good job they did on the track.
In an event inspired by The Amazing Race, teams of two contestants trek through various locations throughout their city, guided by 10 brainteasing clues that either direct participants to a new locale, or demand chasers perform a creative task. Each chase consists of 10–25 teams, who bolt from their starting location to scour city streets for one to four hours. The first team to dash across the finish line wins a trophy and free entry into a championship version of the Great Chase, whose winner takes home $10,000.
As they gracefully glide through the air, trapeze artists inspire awe in their slack-jawed audiences. Trapeze Las Vegas seeks to demystify the mechanics of trapeze by teaching anyone interested how to climb up the ladder to the flying trapeze, hang by their knees on the fly bar, and master the timing for a mid-air catch with an expert catcher. Its cadre of experienced instructors includes several Club Med circus program alums, Cirque du Soleil performers, Circus Circus Casino cast, as well as a former member of Ringling Bros.