Giant fire trucks, prehistoric temples, and towering superheroes fill Monkey Town Party & Play Center’s 15,000-square-foot indoor playground. Sock-clad children scale ropes up 20-foot-tall inflated
climbing walls and spring through the multi-colored interiors of six bounce houses, while parents watch from comfortable massage chairs or join the festivities themselves. Games of air hockey provide a break between bounces, and a hurricane simulator provides all the thrills of high-force winds with none of the storm-chasers. For special events, cosmic parties create a kid-friendly club with moving laser lights and music blasted from a 5,000-watt sound system. Monkey Town can also customize parties to suit needs and budget, and hosts Parent’s Night Out events to give adults an evening to themselves as the crew supervises their children.
Pauli's serves up a gourmet dinner menu of wood-fire grilled steaks, chops, seafood, and game in a romantic setting. Fresh seafood offerings are sourced from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and include such satisfying options as blue-fin tuna, pan seared and sprinkled with a mustard-seed vinaigrette ($31.25). Soothe stressed-out stress meters with the comforting powers of Pauli's shrimp and grits in an andouille cream sauce ($18), or absent-mindedly twirl durac pork-rib chops in a horseradish-mustard sauce, nestled next to grilled asparagus and mac 'n' cheese ($34.50). The 8-ounce wood-fired prime Angus-beef sirloin appeases growling infernos ($21), and the Alaskan halibut is potato-crusted and sauteed in lemon butter sauce ($33.50), sure to bring the tongue buds alive.
La Femme Studio is aptly named—here, it's all about women. The studio encourages women to enjoy new ways of exercising with its offerings of pole-fitness classes along with booty blast and cardio and strength-training classes. Women can learn to hula-hoop, twerk, or simply sculpt some impressive muscles in a nonthreatening environment.
The licensed massage therapists at Beach Massage Spa send calming ripples through human hinges with therapeutic bodywork sessions. In the comfort of a private room, a muscle mender can promote relaxation with Swedish strokes or access lower-layer aches through deep-tissue and sports techniques. Clients may also pair bodywork with indulgent add-ons such as hot-stone kneading and soothing aromatherapy.
While yoga can certainly be transformational, it can also simply be fun. At Yoga Fire, the instructors believe that students should experience both at their yoga classes. The studio's classes are flow-based, and accommodating to all ability and experience levels. Restore yoga takes a gentle, therapeutic approach, helping students cool down and relax their minds. Flow yoga adopts a slightly faster pace and uses a combination of standing poses, core work, and weight-bearing exercise to boost strength and flexibility. The studio's most popular class, Ignite Yoga, relies on a heated room to enable deeper stretches and greater detoxification as students flow through through an athletic series of poses.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.