There's a Virginia outdoorsman who's been called the "Penguin" for most of his life, due to his short, stocky stature. Rather than let that nickname defeat him, he used it as the inspiration for his touring and rental company, Penguin Paddling LLC. Today, when he isn't fighting fires or working as a paramedic, The Penguin leads guests out onto the water for adventures via kayak and stand-up paddleboard, going all the places that motor-powered craft cannot.
Some tours send guests down the Potomac River and along the DC waterfront, passing sites such as historic Georgetown, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Kennedy Center. Alternatively, trips down the protected Neabsco Creek may bring paddlers face-to-face with native wildlife or vigilante hero, Kayak Cop. This secluded waterway is also the setting for the company's fishing trips and on-water yoga classes. In addition to tours, Penguin Paddling LLC provides half- and full-day rentals from its facility at Hampton’s Landing Marina, which lies adjacent to several national and state-protected wilderness areas.
Based in Manassas, Virginia, Innovative Defensive Solutions' instructors travel to host ranges across the US that specialize in gun safety, personal awareness, and personal-defense training—including indoor and outdoor locations—where they coach students through live-fire drills and live-fire courses.
With a team of defensive firearm instructors, state-certified and NRA-certified instructors, including lifelong gun owners, users, and military veterans, it’s no wonder that students of Innovative Defensive Solutions build such solid foundations of safety and tactics. The course list's subject matter includes combat-focus shooting, pepper spray, home-defensive handguns, home-defense tactics, and defensive handgun training. The instructors also cover basic and introductory skills for newcomers, and they even prepare experts to become instructors themselves.
Every Halloween, the thick woods and playing fields at Pev's Paintball Park suffer an unholy infestation. Zombies, ghosts, and demonic clowns pop out from behind every tree, and these new inhabitants know the area by one name: Terrorville. Trespassers brush the hay from their jeans as they disembark from wagons, unaware of the dangers that await them on Walk of Terror. Insane criminals and cursed spirits cry out from the shadows, warning of the torments that lie ahead. The dead pop free from their caskets, ghouls rattle chain link fences, and gross cobwebs get in everyone's mouths.
Others may choose to fight back, readying paintball markers to dispense with the undead hordes at the Zombie Paintball Shoot. The kid-friendly Monster Encounter tasks players to zap as many hiding monsters as they can with laser-tag guns, and the Zombie Rumble tests visitors to protect their flag belts from cold, grasping hands.
A 5,000-square-foot arena, shot through with day-glo shades of orange, green, and magenta, sets the stage for chromatic action at Laser Tag Manassas. Before taking the field, contestants get a thorough briefing on how to set their markers to photon and use the shield feature of their gear. That last feature—players get two shields per game, effectively blocking them for up to 10 seconds while they take cover or do a quick hand-jive—blends in an element of strategy lacking in many laser tag games. As teams target their opponents' base, they hide beneath clouds of fog or behind pillars. Between games, players burn off more energy in the arcade or bounce house, while their parents kick back in the wireless-internet enabled lounge.
Home to concerts, movies, and chili cook-offs throughout the warmer months, The Harris Pavilion keeps the fun going all winter long as it transforms into an outdoor ice rink. Starting in mid-November, the rink welcomes the community for daily public-skate sessions; its close proximity to the Historic Manassas Train Station provides easy access to both out-of-towners and zambonis on the run. Lighting and music ensure a safe, lively atmosphere for skaters all ages, and a two-minute walk in any direction yields a host of shopping and snacking options for skaters who need a break or a brief warm-up.