At The Great American Diving Company, swimmers and scuba enthusiasts plunge into a 10-foot-deep, custom-built training pool heated to a balmy 85 degrees. Under the guidance of PADI-certified instructors, students in Open Water Diver classes learn to breathe and explore beneath the surface, opening the doors to continue underwater education and obtain certification or finally put to rest a fear of really big puddles. Divers can gear up for their next expedition in the shop, and the staff also leads scuba trips to diving locales.
Open year-round, Kirkwood Ice Skating Rink plays host to public skating sessions, lessons, and hockey games for fledgling wintertime athletes. The rink bathes in natural light, which pours through translucent panels to illuminate and spotlight skaters as they make their elliptical loops. Just beyond the rink's edge, a concession area serves hot eats worthy of consumption in the adjacent, fireplace-equipped warming area. A jam-packed monthly schedule details one-and-a-half and two-hour public skating sessions seven days a week, allowing skaters to get their icy fix regardless of conflicting guitar lessons or power lunches with dapper climatologists.
AC St. Louis triumphantly brings men's outdoor professional soccer back to the nation's soccer capital (at least one St. Louisian has been on every U.S. World Cup team ever). STL's team of international and local footballers, led by Major League–record holder and Missouri native Steve Ralston, will weave in, over, and around its opponents, the Austin Aztex, all under the all-knowing guidance of head coach Claude Anelka and Director of Player Personnel Francisco Filho, formerly of Manchester United. Footballing fans, meanwhile, will get to cheer from the stands, refrain from hooliganism, and challenge each other to see who can shout, "Gooooooooooooooaaaalll!" the longest.
• For $63, new members get a two-month household metro membership plus joining fee (a $252 total value). • For $42, new members get a two-month adult metro membership plus joining fee (a $166 total value). • For $15, current members get $30 toward a class or program.
It's fitting that the Central Institute for Human Performance is located inside a restored high-school building. Since the original lockers still line the hallways and the Karel Lewit Clinic for rehabilitation sits in what used to be the administrative offices, the glossy walls and floors often remind visitors of their athletic dreams when they once strolled through their own high schools. While the rehabilitation clinic treats injuries and physical trauma, the immaculate and spacious gym helps athletes improve or maintain their physical well-being. Fitness instructors challenge their students through innovative, small-group classes such as Strongman workouts. The center's consulting team, which earned a nod from Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, offers nutritional guidance and lifestyle coaching to help members reach their goals. Professional jerseys hang above modern equipment to further inspire athletes to dream big and remember to pick up their dry cleaning.
Craft Caboose's charming brick storefront bursts with a vibrant assortment of children's crafts, assembled in its public studio under the artistic eye of amicable instructors. Kids ages 18 months to 6 years can take to the Caboose's well-stocked studio ($5 for entry) to hone their handiwork on sets of pirate ($1.50–$4), dinosaur ($1.50–$5), and princess crafts ($1–$8), or valiantly proffer a truce to playground bullies with a handcrafted peace sign ($4–$5). The Caboose arms its artists with all necessary supplies, allowing kids to craft an eye-fetching array of sand-art pieces without hitching unwieldy sandboxes to the backs of their Big Wheels ($1–$5). Accompanying adults can admire their children's budding chops while the able staff whips each creation station back to its original spotless grandeur.