Founded by sports enthusiast and former adolescent Rick Hart, Jump Start Sports works to enrich pupils' childhoods by developing useful life skills through athletics. Qualified counselors employ their wealth of experience working with children to help campers learn teamwork and fair play as well as the fundamentals of fielding baseballs, scoring soccer goals, or synchronizing pom-pom work. A course structure built around age-appropriate activities, group play, and free electives ensures that students never get bored, and an 8:1 pupil-teacher ratio enables one-on-one assistance to young champions as they practice the graceful art of pitching or the scheming intrigue of free-agent contract negotiation.
Palace Pointe is the definition of a one-stop entertainment complex. A typical visit might include a matinee showing of a first-run movie at one of the center's eight theaters followed by a round of bowling on one of 20 lanes. After that, visitors can head to the roller-skating rink or the arcade, where they can try their hand at more than 80 video and redemption games. Seven billiards tables round out the gaming options, and an onsite diner and bar fuel competitions with pizzas, sandwiches, and classic finger foods.
Head instructor Toney Massinople owns the Equestrian Arts Institute, a safety-oriented riding school where he and his team of talented instructors specialize in eventing and dressage. Massinople graduated from Morven Park International Equestrian Institute, one of the top schools in the U.S., and brings his expertise to riding lessons for any level from beginner to advanced, broken up according to a grade-level structure. During private or group lessons, pupils learn to tack, ride, untack, and groom horses to look like the steeds of cartoon superheroes, while more advanced riders can hone their jumping, eventing, and dressage skills. The classes help students meet individual goals with a roster of horses, each possessing gentle, kind dispositions. The aspiring riders hone their abilities in a top-notch facility replete with a 10-stall barn, a large dressage area, an indoor riding hall, and a stadium arena. In addition to regular lessons, Equestrian Arts Institute also trains and boards horses.