Under strings of lanterns and the night's canopy of stars, kids scamper through a field filled with thousands of pumpkins, each one searching for the biggest, roundest one. Finding it is one thing; lifting it is another. The bountiful Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Farm began a bit by happenstance?the owners originally began selling pumpkins out of the back of their pickup and steadily added on amusements as more people came each year. More than 30 years later, the one-month harvest festival sets up each October with attractions ranging from pony rides to puppet shows. As they explore the area amid bales of hay, teepees, character cutouts, and other props, kids can feed baby goats and sheep at the petting zoo or sit on an authentic tractor from 1932. Once guests have procured the perfect pumpkin to carve into the likeness of their favorite monster, they can get their picture taken with Pumpkin Jack, hop on rides such as the Goliath Slide or Pumpkin City Express Train, or visit Gone Fishing, Knock 'Em Down, and other game booths.
The rumba, Argentine tango, waltz, and other ballroom dances are often absent from the dance floors at bars and clubs. To acquaint people with these classic dances, the staff at Sway Ballroom Dance stages complimentary private lessons for newcomers on their initial visit. The lessons, which boost dancers’ confidence and knowledge of basic movements, forerun any future group classes, dance parties, or dance-offs with bosses.
At the age of 5, Natalie Costa’s daughter was cute, lively, and photogenic—reason enough to give show business a try, she thought. But with no one to guide her and her daughter through the maze of booking auditions and getting representation, she found herself out thousands of dollars on useless portfolio shoots and manager fees. In response, Costa founded The Performers Academy, modeling the friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the dancing school she loved as a child. She made sure to stock it with instructors who had the inside knowledge she could have used at the outset: all professional actors, directors, and producers with lots of experience in film and TV and a special focus on children’s programming.
The academy caters both to kids seriously trying to break into the business and to casual enthusiasts who find performing a liberating way to build self-confidence. Age-appropriate classes deal with such key topics as managing audition stress, honing improvisational comedy skills, and projecting loud enough to be heard over that giant gong that somebody keeps bumping into.
Staff Size: 11?25
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Wilson, Penn, Head
Pro Tip: Bring a tennis racquet and soft-soled shoes, if you don't have a racquet we can loan you one
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Refreshements
Recommended Age Group: Adults
According to a profile in South Coast Magazine , Dancesport owner Matt Gregory began dancing at age 19, a relatively late start compared to most professional dancers, who often start three weeks before they're born. He and the rest of the Dancesport instructors share nearly 100 years of combined experience with their students inside a more than 3,000-square-foot ballroom. Specializing in private, one-on-one classes, these teachers and coaches–championship dancers brought on board to conduct special classes–teach tango, west coast swing, and foxtrot, among other dance styles.
Their class schedule is supplemented with group courses, wedding-prep training, and events such as parties, shows, and the philanthropic Dancing for a Cause, which was chronicled by the Orange County Register.