Bowlers on a quest for either recreation or league glory can soak up the retro vibe at La Habra 300 Bowl until at least 11 p.m. every night. On Friday and Saturday, cosmic effects add a festive glow to nocturnal bowling (extra fee), evoking the excitement of outer space without the danger posed by reckless spaceship drivers. The center also offers party packages that furnish groups with lane space and shoes but require partygoers to bring their own cakes.
At Top Tennis at La Habra Tennis Center, shots skip and spring across a dozen pro-grade courts seven days per week. Recognizing that tennis, like competitive puppy petting, is one of the few sports that can be played from childhood through the golden years, the professionally staffed USTA facility makes sure to serve up programs for all ages and skill levels. Programs for advanced players provide competitive and tournament training, whereas youth services, such as 8 and Under programs, teach pintsize racket holders the basics on smaller-scale courts. Yearly memberships, USTA leagues, and pay-to-play options round out the center's arsenal of specialties, and an onsite pro-shop stocks the latest shoes, rackets, and accessories so players won't have to download gear onto their bodies before each match.
The experienced instructors at One Body Studios specialize in two of the more meditative workouts around: yoga and Pilates. Their classes, which include Pilates Mat, and Pilates Reformer, tend to affect both the body and the mind, strengthening core muscles while deflating stress. They also offer ballet barre, which uses classical ballet training methods to create a challenging, non-impact cardio workout. No previous ballet training is necessary and all levels are welcome.
If you're looking for a more upbeat workout, the studio also hosts belly-dancing lessons that teach students how to shimmy, shake, and wiggle their way out of air vents. On top of it all, a resident massage therapist alleviates aches and tension during 30- or 60-minute massage sessions.
Like any good moms, the founders of Kidz Spot want their kids to do two things: learn and have fun. So when they opened their recreation center for kids ages 6 months to 10 years old, they didn't just furnish it with modular play areas and a miniature climbing wall. They also created a classroom where certified teachers and professional engineers teach workshops in the subjects of reading, writing, math, and science. The classroom, with its picnic tables and hardwood floors, also doubles as a private party room, where kids can nosh on pizza and cake while sitting for temporary tattoos or face painting. Kidz Spot just opened in June of 2014, so the facilities are brand new and monsters haven't had enough time to find it yet.
While many golf instructors compete on professional tours, few can also include the title of “TV star” on their resumés. John Lepak of Renaissance Golf Academy is one of those few: in addition to touring for the better part of a decade, he appeared as a contestant on Golf Channel’s reality show Big Break, which awards pro-tour exemptions to the winner of the show’s various challenges. Students of all levels can gain from John’s expertise and see if he really looks 12 feet tall off camera by enrolling in lessons at his private academy, where they’ll hone putting strokes on a 6,000-square-foot putting green and shore up full swings on the 16-tee driving range. Each lesson incorporates video analysis, providing immediate feedback of golfers’ swing mechanics.