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For eight exciting weeks this autumn, children will flock to the fields of Marymoor Park to score some new skills and friendships, with all instruction designed and led by Seattle-native and USSF-certified Jacob Haney. In addition to providing a steady stream of professional instruction and individualized attention, i9 Sports works hard to maintain a positive, supportive environment that forbids negative language from both participating children and adult onlookers, and gives each player equal playing time. Over the course of the eight-week league, children will maneuver themselves through a throng of drills and exercises, sharpening both technical and teamwork techniques. Leagues meet for practice once a week on Saturdays, and are organized by age group to keep young ones safe and feeling confident. Call ahead to register your miniature proto-adult for an eight-week league, or enter your Groupon number during online registration.

25636 SE Tiger Mountain Rd
Issaquah,
WA
US

Both running courses will remain near the lush bounds of Luther Burbank Park, and depending on your choice of length, you'll start the event by being fish-like through one or two loops of the swim course.

36429 44th Avenue South
Auburn,
WA
US

Following a strict Leave No Trace philosophy, Backcountry Adventure Guides instills environmental stewardship in each of its participants as they venture on fitness-filled nature jaunts. Whether climbing, skiing, or snowshoeing, the trio of guides—all of whom boast extensive outdoor sports backgrounds—uses each trek as an opportunity to stress the importance of preserving our natural surroundings and refusing to shave Bigfoot no matter how much money he offers.

33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd
Crystal Mountain,
WA
US

Established: 2012

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 1 person

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

Pro Tip: Don't wear clunky shoes.

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Obstacle courses with real hot lava.

Recommended Age Group: Kids

Q&A with the Teacher

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?

You won't hear our students' landings. It's a little secret called "ninja noise." This helps keep impact low, and stealth high.

As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?

Coaches are legitimately certified to teach Parkour, holding multiple parkour certifications. We are expert momentum anticipators and course creators. We minimize risk through safety drills, multi-level skill progressions and strength milestones. [Instructors are] First Aid? and CPR-trained in case anything happens. However we have not had one serious injury in the three years we've been coaching due to our safety protocols.

What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?

Through our classes students can expect to experience life-changing techniques. Ranging from the simple truths of how to squat sustainably to how to traverse lava while having fun and collecting speed and style points.

1001 106th Avenue Northeast
Bellevue,
WA
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To get some fresh air, Bellevue residents could take a stroll around their neighborhood. Or they could head to one of the nearly 100 parks in the area for a game of baseball, a tennis match, or a lesson on botanicals. The extensive park system beckons locals to take advantage of the wide array of green spaces and activities in the area, many of which are free. It also holds regular events and leads programs that range from nature film viewings to crime prevention forums aimed at addressing delinquent squirrels.

14509 Southeast Newport Way
Bellevue,
WA
US

The founders of Pacific Slot Car Raceways just want a place to race with their friends. In fact, not one of them takes a paycheck from the business; all profits go into the operation and improvement of the raceway's quarter-mile drag strip and three 8-lane tracks.?

Tiny cars zip along these tracks on a daily basis, flying around hairpin turns, roaring up inclines, and tearing down straightaways. The pit areas are roomy enough for several racers to attend to their cars, while a comfy perch allows spectators to keep an eye on the action at all times. The raceways host regular programs for kids and adults, such as a vintage-retro racing series that sees drivers maneuvering their cars with an electronic slot car controller.

2908 Meridian Avenue East
Edgewood,
WA
US