While sailing high above Southern California in the cockpit of a Cessna Skyhawk, a pilot can look down at the land below and see everything from undisturbed wilderness to commuters stuck in traffic. The pilots and certified instructors at Fly Corona help others uncover this bird's-eye view of the world through demonstration flights and individual lessons. During demos, passengers frequently take the controls themselves as the instructor supervises, and several full aviation training programs help students work toward getting their pilot's license, an ID vital for getting into eagles' mountain-top nightclubs.
At The Rinks, visitors lace up their inline skates and zoom around a smooth hockey-style rink during public skating sessions. Would-be hockey players can also suit up in free gear and inline skates to learn the ins and outs of the game as part of the The Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play program, which allows kids and adults to experience the sport before joining a paid program.
Favoring small group swimming lessons targeted to all ages, The Aquatic Zone's instructors are trained in the Aquatic Concepts, Inc. method, and use positive reinforcement to teach beginning swimmers the basics of water comfort, body balance, and movement. Once budding amphibians have gotten their foot-flippers wet, they'll try out various strokes and other swimming must-knows such as wall kicks, breathing patterns, and psychic communication with sea life. Lessons are available for children as young as six months and are offered at multiple skill levels for every age group. The goals at each stage are clearly presented and taught, ensuring that the time spent in the pool is always productive and goal-oriented. Awards such as toys, certificates of completion, and surgically implanted gills are bestowed upon students when all the elements of a particular level are mastered. Sessions typically last a half hour, and the saltwater chlorination pools keep water clean without irritating eyes or skin.
Founded on a mission to forge local educational partnerships and provide community enrichment through music, the non-profit Corona Symphony Orchestra treats Circle City ears to everything from choral classics and opera, to film scores, pops, and original pieces. Viva Italia! is a tribute to Italy's finest classical compositions not featured in Lady and the Tramp. Conducted under the watchful hand of symphony maestro Marco A. Mejia, eardrums will be enamored by Pietro Mascagni's "Intermezzo" from Cavalleria Rusticana, Felix Mendelssohn's fourth symphony Italian, and guest bassoonist Jason Artz's solo in Concerto for Bassoon, by Nino Rota. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so deal holders need only bring their Groupons to the will call 15 minutes before show time to enjoy a diverse sampling of Italy's sweetest symphonic sounds.
In 2005, Jason Williams and Ken Faught assembled a team of experienced racers and designers to create the driving experience at Pole Position Raceway. Williams, a motocross racer since 1984, and Faught, a three-time land-speed record holder at the Bonneville Salt Flats, recruited professional drivers Kurt Busch and Jeremy McGrath to help their engineers. They reimagined every detail of the track from the ground up, creating indoor courses that balance the grip of asphalt with the swervy fun of polished, concrete slick tracks. Pole Position?s Formula EK20 Pro Karts rumble over the track powered by 18-horsepower motors (nearly triple that of average gas karts), which reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour without filling the temperature-controlled arenas with fumes.
After the first Pole Position Raceway opened in Corona, California, it soon spawned 14 locations stretching to the Atlantic. Technicians maintain the fleet via handheld computers, and top drivers are regularly sent out to evaluate karts? handling and reading comprehension. During races, up to 12 guests compete in contests that last about 10 minutes.
The sounds of spoon against bowl and knife against chopping board fill the classroom kitchen at Get Cooking 101 as expert instructors demonstrate proper techniques for turning ingredients into savory meals. Kids from age 6 to 18 craft a two- to three-course meal that includes dishes such as chicken pot pie, cheese-and-bacon quiche, and wonton wraps. Older students master the fundamental techniques of global cuisines, as appropriately aged chefs accompany class with their own bottles of wine that provide delicious culinary pairings as well as substitute rolling pins. Romance fills the air during Saturday singles or date night classes, where students collaborate to create chicken milanese with escarole salad and pickled red onions or cheese-and-lobster ravioli with parmesan crisps. Girls'- or guys'-night-out classes allow friends to get together to enjoy each others' company, crafting delicacies and learning how to reinforce doors and windows against unrelenting armies of processed foods.