Students unleash their inner creativity during Wine and Palette's laid-back painting classes. The professional-artist instructors invent projects that reflect their individual style, from bold abstract patterns to misty, atmospheric landscapes. Though all members of a course work on the same basic image, students add individual flourishes to make the image their own. And, since each class meets at a local bar or restaurant, they can also choose to kick back with a drink or snack as they paint.
Kayaks glide serenely through the South Bay as the sightseers dip paddles into the water or stop to take pictures of migrating birds. Led by a docent for the Living Coast Discovery Center with five years of experience, Chula Vista Kayak’s tours navigate these oft-overlooked waters in search of rare sights, such as the local Pacific green sea turtles coming up for air or the abundant wildlife including raptors, great blue herons, and egrets. Tours welcome beginners and seasoned kayakers alike; no matter their experience level, guests brush up on water safety with a 15-minute introduction before they’re clear to push off and explore.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.39 value).
Ordinary folks can ride beside Olympians at Chula Vista BMX. The facility's outdoor track, part of the USA Olympic Training Center, is designed for and open to beginners and Olympians alike. Operated by pro Tyler Brown, the track hosts weekly races where riders soar over dirt jumps and other adrenaline-pumping obstacles.
To prepare novices for their first contest, Tyler leads weekly clinics that focus on BMX fundamentals, such as pedaling and pumping over jumps. He also instructs sessions for advanced bikers, which hone in on more technical skills like race strategy and how to dismantle training-wings during airborne tricks. Rental bikes and helmets are available to all visitors, who must wear long sleeves, long pants, and closed toe shoes.
Operating under the mantra, “Experience the difference,” Sky Zone rockets jumpers of any age, shape, or physical ability across 3D trampoline courts, which were awarded a US patent for their uniqueness. Inside the air-conditioned facility, trampoline-covered walls absorb and ricochet bodies, demonstrating real-life instances of "bouncing off the walls" to both kids and puzzled ballistics students. Aerial amusement disguises calorie-burning fitness during open-jumping sessions and competitive games, such as 3D dodge ball. Bouncers, once including the women of the Real Housewives of Orange County, renounce gravity and their fear of ceilings with trampoline shoes, or while working up a sweat in fitness-focused SkyRobics classes.