Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s one-month membership ($59), which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. Two personal training sessions ($35) help self-sculptors attain results. This deal also includes unlimited tanning ($25/month) to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
Children enjoy physical and imaginative play at Jabbers, wiggling out kilojoules of energy in a safe, 5,000-square-foot indoor activity center. Day passes ($5.66 for kids 1–3 years old; $7 for kids 4 and over) allow energetic youngsters to bound through padded obstacles in a colorful, 13-foot play structure, or hone artistic talents and beret-wearing abilities in the art studio. A mock farmers' market teaches tykes about the fun of everyday errands as they load up on plastic produce and wheel miniature grocery carts to the checkout lane. Pedal-powered cars and scooters roll laps around the roadway cutting through the pretend construction zone, where kids can protect noggin tops with hard hats and take union-mandated naps. A two-story playhouse shelters domestic games like House or Pin the Check on the Mortgage Payment, and a separate toddler area showcases gentler toys for the extra-young.
Two of Christian music’s most iconic artists, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith join forces to spread the good news, leading congregations in melodious worship on their 2 Friends Tour. Since 1982, this dynamic duo has engaged millions to flock to their catchy, ecclesiastical pop music, sharing a musical camaraderie as impenetrable as a fortress with abandonment issues. Amy Grant, author of No. 1 hits such as “El Shaddai” and “Baby Baby,” has shared her gift of song for more than 30 years, selling more than 30 million albums, garnering six Grammys, and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Michael W. Smith has earned countless accolades with his tremendous songbook of head-bobbing hymns and choir-rousing hits. Sharing the stage for the first time in two decades, Amy and Michael thrill fans with new psalms and favorites from their sonic scroll, merging their sets with joyful duets and chemistry that crackles like Abbott and Costello after getting struck by lightning.
Designed by course architect Gene Bates, Hunter's Point Golf Club's 18-hole, par 71 course channels the windswept charm of Britain's links-style courses in its lengthy, emerald tapestry of bent-grass fairways and greens protected by formidable hazards. Throughout the course, a king's guard of expansive waste bunkers, deep pot bunkers, and deadly quicksand bunkers stand ominously alongside landing areas and greens, placing a high premium on precise shots and astute club selection. The course takes duffers careening amid the towering scenery of the Owyhee Mountains and Boise Mountain Range, and Lake Lowell and its surrounding waterways provide both pleasing panoramas and intimidating forced carries. On the par 5 16th, a slight dogleg left spans 669 yards from the farthest tees and culminates on a green guarded by five bunkers and patrolled by a feral flagstick. The course's considerable length—it measures 7,093 yards from the back tees—is tempered by its inclusion of five tee boxes on most holes, including a Jack Rabbit family tee that reduces the course length by more than half for true neophytes and players experimenting with spaghetti-based club shafts.
At Circus Gatti, exotic animals, hilarious showmen, and thrilling daredevils delight families in an outrageous three-ring spectacle. During the two-hour show, elephants Tika and Patti stomp to Bollywood choreography, and the Liberty Ponies knock their synchronized hooves under the deft direction of Miss Genevieve, who conducts with a baton made of sugar cubes. The Great Oscar soars through the heavens with nothing but an oversize rope and bones infused with helium, with The Queen Bee delivering further aerial thrills while fluttering beside her hive in an atmospheric ballet. Pipin and Poppy elicit laughs with their comedy routine, and Miss Elizabeth induces awe with a contortion and balancing act in which she fires an arrow with her legs and feet while hanging upside down. After the show, those who opted for the meet and greet will brush elbows with the circus stars, snapping photos and asking questions regarding their skill, bravery, and how to construct a Q-tip big enough to clean an elephant's ear.
CrossFit has been described as the opposite of specialization. Whereas some athletes excel at high jump, some professions require the strength of an ox, and some super heroes can merely fly, CrossFit seeks to help mortals achieve a high degree of physical prowess across a wide spectrum of fitness domains. And nobody understands the importance of wide-ranging athleticism better than the owners of CrossFit2C who, in a previous life, served as U.S. Navy Rescue Swimmers.
The team helps folks build strength, speed, endurance, and agility with the help of the ever-changing Workout of the Day. The WOD might require exercisers to jump onto platforms, throw medicine balls, lift enormous truck tires, or blend all of these during an average day at the gym. The result is a fit body that's up to the challenge of everyday life, whether that involves lifting grandchildren or throwing groceries onto the second story of an SUV.