Because dogs often think they're people, Pets in the City treats them as such with doggie daycare that resembles a boarding school, complete with lessons. Pet parents drop off their charges for a day of fun and learning that starts with homeroom. After homeroom, dogs typically break off for breakfast, either eating what their owners sent from home or the cafeteria's tasty organic kibble. Throughout the day, they bound through a schedule that interweaves two to four walks and socializing with class sessions in agility, basic training, and advanced calculus. At nap and nighttime, they bunk in private spaces.
Puppy parents can also schedule spa treatments, all performed with gentle Pacifica products. The experienced groomers on staff safely trim nails and dislodge dirt from fur with soothing baths. Add-ons such as conditioning treatments, blueberry facials, and flea dips ready pooches for a showdown with the dog that lives in the mirror.
From surfing at secluded locations to hiking a private trail to a waterfall at the foothills of the Ko’olau Mountains, the team at Hawaii Water Sports Center designs excursions so visitors can experience thrills and explore Koko Marina’s pristine waters. USCG captains pilot a Ski Nautique that pulls along bumper tubes and six-person Banana Boats, and professional instructors help visitors master the skills of wakeboarding or water skiing through a six-ball course. Their snorkeling trips take place in Hanauma Bay’s reef-filled waters, and their Maunalua Bay scuba excursions are overseen by PADI-certified instructors and trained master divers. On these trips, they guide students along and point out colorful reef fish, sea turtles, and retired goldfish.
Animal-lovers at Calvin & Susie cater to four-legged customers, stocking premium chow, toys constructed from safe materials, and an array of wag-worthy gear. U.S.-made and durable toys such as floating throws, chews, and stuffed animals entertain dogs, and kittens can paw a Fling-ama-string cat toy ($30) or muse over back issues of The New Yorker. Calvin & Susie’s homemade treats ($7) incorporate crisp, human-grade ingredients and come in pooch-pleasing flavors such as peanut hearts and bacon bones and strips. Happy hounds dip muzzles into premium dog food, such as Great Life dry buffalo kibble baked without filler and animal byproducts ($47/17 lbs.). Bubble Shack dog wash ($12/16 oz.) and Nordic Naturals pet supplements ($15) maintain coats healthier than Olympians' track jackets, and shelves of gear for birds, fish, and bunnies keep smaller pets well-stocked with tasty nibbles.
The House of Madness tests the valor of visitors with 30,000 square feet of frights. Tiptoe, moonwalk, or Monster Mash your way through the eerie abode, which stays open each night until 2 a.m. before shutting its doors so the terrifying tenants can read each other stories before bedtime. On Halloween night, guests to The House of Madness can pair their scares with the hauntingly dulcet tones of Rebel Souljahz, who will be serenading visitors with a live performance.
Personal trainer Kristen Horler designed Baby Boot Camp as a means for mothers to get an effective total-body workout while still spending quality time with their little ones. With youngsters riding along in strollers, ladies perform one hour of cardiovascular drills and core-chiseling Pilates, yoga, and abdominal exercises. Certified instructors also fold in strength-training moves with the added resistance of exercise tubing, baby-filled carriages, or the babies themselves, and moms can stop along the way if at any point their tot gets fussy, needs a snack, or wants to quickly chat about a lucrative stock-market opportunity. Baby Boot Camp suggests waiting until toddlers clock in at 6 weeks old before bringing them to class, although they welcome any age as long as youngsters enjoy stroller-riding for an extended period of time.