Tired, sleepy kids are a natural byproduct of a celebration at Jump Jam n Party. During most of that party time, kids can be found leaping into the air inside bounce houses or scrambling up the rock climbing wall to see if their moms really do have eyes in the back of their heads. Awash in primary colors, the room teems with activities for kids 14 and under, with a private soft-play area for toddlers. Staff members faithfully keep an eye on kids to ensure safety and help parents in the party room corral guests and hand out food and cake. When adults need a time-out because they've had too much fun, they can escape to the adult area for a breather.
Baseball and softball players of all skill levels descend upon Extra Innings' 18,000-square-foot indoor facility to hone home-run-hitting swings and more. Players can swing, pitch, or field for 60 minutes inside one of the five indoor hitting tunnels that stretch 70 feet long, 15 feet wide, and 30 feet high as adjustable pitching machines sling unlimited fastballs toward the plate at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. The facility outfits hitters with bats and helmets for no additional charge, and each tunnel is equipped with an L-screen, a pitcher's mound, and sliding nets that can transform the cage into an open-field area for practicing fielding skills and ribbon-dancing routines.
Cosmetologists, nail technicians, and barbers alike graduate from Margate School of Beauty armed with job market-ready backgrounds in art, fashion, and technical design. First, though, senior students gear up to matriculate with hands-on experience in the school’s salon and spa. They can shape and color locks, braid them into cornrows, or smooth textured strands. Beyond hair services, they brighten nails with polish and acrylics, and tend visages with facials, waxing, and microdermabrasion, which exfoliates more effectively than demolishing a sandcastle with your face.
Armed with certification from the United States Cycling Federation, the bike mechanics at Atlantic Bicycle keep two-wheeled roadsters running safely and efficiently with maintenance services and help customers to select new bikes or gear. The experienced crew can perform basic services such as tuning up bicycles for warm-weather riding or more complex work such as fitting wheels with hand-laced custom wheels built onsite. The shop also keeps an extensive inventory of bicycles to meet needs ranging from everyday commutes to grocery-store-aisle wheelies, including all-mountain, urban, and recumbent styles as well as adult tricycles.
The sound of cueballs clacking against solids and stripes fills Masters Billiards. The bar has eight pool tables––including a snooker table––which is the same number of pool tables in any spider's web. As if serious pool players needed another reason to stay, Masters has drinks, bar food, and televisions tuned to the game.