In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
Equipment: 60 yard indoor turf field and an indoor track
Students should bring: Athletic clothing and sneakers, and a bottle of water
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11–25 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our Speed School keeps clients motivated by our enthusiastic trainers' ability to create good habits in the athlete that are directly transferable to any sport. Results are how we create loyal clients.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
Not having a plan on how to get better. Having TEST Sports Clubs trainers at your disposal during the Speed School sessions will allow you to get the most efficient workout for your 60 minutes of training.
Like many artists, Jamie Lindholm explored a few routes before answering her true calling. Although she’d been painting her entire life, she acquired her first college degree in marketing and management. Shortly after, she started training with artists including David Leffel, presidential portrait painter Everett Raymond Kinstler, and photorealist Robert Neffson, all masters who helped hone her ability to capture life on canvas.
At her own studio in Martinsville, Lindholm takes on the role of instructor. Her classes include foundational studies in drawing and painting as well as BYOB sessions in which students can unleash their artistic potential alongside a glass of wine or vintage tempera paint. She conceives of her studio as a traditional atelier where students and the artists who share her space through the Open Easel Program can feel inspired and at home.
Like a lost civilization, the game of golf has a long, storied history full of inspiring tales and preserved treasures. So the USGA Golf Museum collects and displays the game's artifacts and materials to educate golfers of all ages and experience levels on one of the world's most popular pastimes. Throughout the grounds, visitors can see the gear wielded by golf greats such as Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer, and gaze at trophies and medals awarded to champions throughout the years. Since opening in 1936, the museum has collected more than 42,000 artifacts, such as clubs, clothing, and equipment, more than 500,000 photographs, and thousands of hours of footage.
The USGA Research and Test Center bristles with activity, as scientists test a variety of clubs, equipment aids, and mechanics to ensure all golfers have an equal shot at winning. And behind the museum, The Pynes Putting Course gives visitors a taste of classic golfing by equipping them with replica antique clubs and leading them through nine holes made to mirror the Himalayas Putting Course of St. Andrews.
Kettlebells and TRX suspension-training are just a few of the tools the instructors at Pure Energy Fitness use to strengthen and sculpt physiques. Students can focus on building muscles, burning calories and toning muscles in spin classes, or combining cardiovascular exercise with strengthening resistance routines in boot-camp sessions.
Gamin' Ride brings amusement park-style entertainment right to your door in the form of a video game theater complete with gaming consoles, high-definition displays, and 4D interactive technology. Arriving with a trailer full of gaming goodies, the Gamin' Ride crew accommodates groups of up to 16 in the indoor theater to play games on Xbox360, PS3, Wii, and the less-popular Kick the Can console.
Yet the experience is far from your typical video-game play, as players experience superrealistic touches while immersed in play. Some extras include vibrating seats that let you feel the intensity of a car chase and other games work with a Smell-O-Vision system that releases game-appropriate scents, such as fresh-cut grass during Madden games. Each trailer's library features 100 of the most popular multi-player games and also includes the latest sports releases, singing and dancing games, shooting games, and many Mario titles.