Perhaps it’s their diverse backgrounds—a former D1 college assistant baseball coach with a master's in physical education, a sports-psychology counselor and fitness trainer, and an amateur baseball leaguer—that make the coaches at Pitch by Pitch All Sports Camps open to such a wide variety of athletics. Their weeklong camps embody everything from baseball, soccer, and tennis to less regimented sports such as floor hockey and Capture the Flag. Through drills, games, and relays, coaches teach young campers how to command the field with confidence, while still displaying good sportsmanship. And since it all happens at Congers Lake Memorial Park, full-day campers can spend their lunch breaks swimming in the community pool, playing in the game room, or fishing for their lunch in the lake itself.
• For $9, you get a day of table tennis for two people (up to a $20 value). • For $18, you get a day of table tennis for four people (up to a $40 value). The sounds of shuffling feet and travelling balls greet ears as they enter the 13,000-square-foot Westchester Table Tennis Center, and eyes are wooed by gleaming wooden floors and 18 brand-new Double Happiness tables. High ceilings set the stage as duos team up to battle like-minded twos in games of doubles, and Monday-evening beginner nights beckon the ping-pong shy. Facility-provided paddles slice through the spacious areas around each table, sending small plastic missiles back and forth between friends and family, and allowing kayak paddles to return to their intended use as giant mosquito swatters. After a full day of table flurries, men's and women's shower facilities allow athletes to cool down and clean off after a sweaty, fun-filled bout, and an on-site lounge invites prolonged post-game discussions between casual players and Olympic hopefuls.
Within American Gymnastics resides a puffy playground—slides and foam pits sprawl across the 14,000 square feet of primary-colored space lined with in-ground trampolines, a padded spring floor, and USGF-certified equipment. Watching over the space is a team of expert coaches who boast a combined 100 years of experience. They teach a variety of classes for all ages from toddlers to teenagers, and maintain a 7:1 student to teacher ratio. The space also plays host to ballroom-dancing classes that teach couples, individuals, and fairy-tale princes how to thrive on the dance floor.
In CrossFit Somers’s 2,000-square-foot facility, enthusiastic trainers push people through a constantly rotating regimen of exercises designed to turn them into well-balanced all-around fitness machines. Working through a roster of 10 core goals, including increased flexibility, speed, and cardio endurance, students carry out a variety of tasks such as the clean and jerk—lifting a barbell over their head in three moves—or the jerk, where they shout at the barbell that it will never find love. They also throw medicine balls up against the wall, pull against resistance on the TRX ropes, and jump atop plyometric boxes from a standstill.
Combining these functional movements and exercises with a diet of vegetables and lean meats helps exercisers lose weight and sculpt whole physiques. Instructors also customize the program, hosting sessions for kids as well as scholastic athletes looking to enhance their skills.
Solars Sports Clubs has fitness fanatics of all stripes covered, offering amenities that range from the parquet of the basketball court and the hardened evergreen of the tennis courts to rows of weight machines and the whirr of the smoothie bar. Group classes whip participants into shape, whether it's heart-pumping belly dancing or spin classes that encourage cyclists to workout without having to share the road with reckless turtles. Solaris also offers kids classes and summer camps, getting little ones off the couch and into action while honing their sports skills.
Located on the 250-acre grounds of historic Boscobel, overlooking the Hudson River, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival envelops theatergoers in worlds long past. Its inaugural production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1987 carved a path of critical acclaim for it to expand into summer-long festivals, ongoing educational outreach, and artist-in-residence programs. The organization's canon even extends past that of the Bard on occasion: past seasons have taken on The Three Musketeers and Tartuffe.
A Maze in Pottery invites brush-wielders of all ages and skill levels to select and custom-slather functional ceramic canvases. The studio's shelf-lined wall brims with more than 300 enticing and unpainted pieces, including cereal bowls ($14), coffee mugs ($13.50), and cat figurines ($13.50), which make ideal chew toys for brave mice. After selecting a piece, customers can get cozy at a table and spend two hours beautifying blank surfaces with more than 50 food-safe and lead-free paints and glazes.