Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award–winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
A plethora of mock-rock climbing challenges populates The Spot Bouldering Gym with 10,000 square feet of vertical obstacles. Rock climbers can spend all day scaling man-made mountains up to 18 feet high, gripping massive boulders made in the image of Hueco, Fontainebleau, and Abraham Lincoln's nose. Other trials include the gravity-fighting 25-foot roped wall, an assortment of muscle-mightying training equipment, and cushy flooring for seamless dismounts. No experience is necessary to tackle the upright obstacles at The Spot; the congenial crew eagerly shares climbing tips and creates encouraging victory pyramids.
Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Gateway Park Fun Center combines the splendor of its natural backdrop with a variety of manmade attractions. Fresh mountain air courses through the 18-hole mini-golf course and whips the hair of go-kart racers on a track more than 2,100 feet long. Guests with unstable hairdos can retreat inside, where an arcade loaded with games such as skee-ball and NFL Throw—along with an inline hockey rink—make the park a year-round destination.
Jesters Dinner Theatre’s all-teen production of the Tony Award–winning musical Into the Woods follows a baker and his wife as they encounter a motley cast of companions and obstacles on their quest to have a child. Lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim accompany the intertwining of storylines and faces familiar from the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, such as "Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Rapunzel," "Cinderella," and "Snow White and Jimmy Carter Play Flag Football." Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the curtain rises at 7 p.m.
Since 1977, Longmont Athletic Club has approached physical fitness from several angles, furnishing its two locations with equipment and training for athletes, casual athletic club goers, and families. The main location fills more than 90,000 square feet of space with machines from LifeFitness and Cybex, and more than 65 communal classes, including Zumba and spinning classes, plus indoor and outdoor tennis courts and pools, and amenities such as steam rooms, dry saunas, and jacuzzis. The course lineup covers a broad range of teaching styles, from the highly specialized instruction of gender-specific boxing to the casual provision of razor-edged disks for Extreme Ultimate frisbee. A warm staff of professionals oversees personal-training, massage-therapy, and childcare services, readily guiding members through the club's expansive facilities.
In 2001, with a puff of smoke and a trumpet fanfare, Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics was born. In the years since, the kid-focused gym has amassed a team of more than 60 coaches and administrative staff, all of whom spend their days nurturing children's fitness as well as their imaginations. This care stretches across two fitness centers, where it takes the form of recreational gymnastics programs, day camps, and drop-in playtime sessions for infants through adolescents.
The 19,000 square-foot Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics challenges kids to shoot for the ceiling with amenities such as a full-size high school cheer floor, eight beams, bounce castles, a 40-foot tumble track, and an in-ground foam training pit. The 9,500 square-foot recently-updated Flatirons Gymnastics facility, boasts many of the same amenities, including a new foam pit, as well as uneven bars, five spring floor tumbling strips, and rope swings. In addition, both gyms contain viewing areas for parents, and sound systems that play upbeat music and keep nostalgic storks from nesting in the rafters.