When she was 15, Heather had already been dancing for a decade, and she vowed to one day open her own studio. Later, while in school for interior design, she took her first-ever pole-dancing class and found it was love at first twirl; she installed a pole in her own home that very afternoon. Though she worked for a while as a professional designer, she felt compelled to step away from decorating other people's homes to pursue her teenage dream, swathing her newly opened studio space in hot-pink paint and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Today, it's a go-to hub for novice dancers of all ages, sizes, and experience levels and for barber's poles looking to switch careers. While Heather and three other instructors teach belly dance, aerial technique, burlesque, and fitness classes, though Heather's main passion still lies with pole dancing. She finds it rewarding to watch as students—who currently include spinners in their 60s—break past mental blocks to do moves they never thought possible. She grins each time her students report that they're feeling stronger and healthier just doing everyday tasks, like buying anvils at the grocery store. "I don't feel like it's a job," she says, noting the supportive environment created by her students and the joyous bachelorette and birthday parties—where, she maintains, the older guests always turn out to be wilder than the 20-somethings. "It feels like I'm hanging out with friends."
Monster Mini Golf's 18 holes contain enough geometric challenges and frightening decorations to make the course interesting for all ages. Navigate your illuminated golf ball past horrible goblins, disgruntled dark forest trees, impolite specters, and sleeping ogres. Listen for Monster Mini Golf’s own in-house radio station, whose live, on-site DJ hands out prizes for random reasons on the links, or just stand in awe of the 3-D spectacle. Monster Mini Golf also features arcade games that spit tickets for prizes at skilled players.
With more than 6,000 square feet of interactive playground equipment, arcade games, and open play spaces, Krazy Kidz is a veritable youthtopia. Send tiny tikes off to the triple-level playhouse, which has more than 30 obstacles, or join in the fun and chase them until they are too tuckered to climb on your nerves. Children can jump, tumble, and catch shooting stars with butterfly nets in an inflatable moon bounce, and younger tots can play in a toddler area—a protected area free of peanut-butter sinkholes. No matter what Krazy Kidz amusement amuses your krazy kid, he or she will benefit from the safe, social environment that helps hone communication, cooperation, and negotiation skills.
Settle traffic arguments by challenging an opposing driver to a duel on Boomers!'s speedy go-carts. Or just cruise solo, banking curves and outdriving total strangers in a wild day of rubber-burning and dust-eating. For crashtastic thrills, climb aboard a bumper boat and drift on the waterscape, floating amok and gleefully broadsiding fellow captains. A bit of the briny seeps into Boomers!'s mini-golf range, where it creates a sparkling blue hazard to complement the verdant greens. Finish the day with a feeling of accomplishment that comes only from climbing Boomers!'s big, giant rock wall. The 32-foot climbing surface has a variety of handholds and different climbing options, so explore them all with the three climbs. Be sure to check Boomers! Medford's hours before heading out.
Lisa Bienia Cunningham—the owner and trainer of Silver Fox Equestrian Center—began riding horses at the age of 7. In the years that followed, Cunningham managed to earn numerous competitive accolades as well as AS and BS degrees in equine studies. Today, she calls upon her wealth of experience in English-style techniques as she educates students of all levels during private and group lessons. Her facility—which also happens to be the home of the Suffolk County Community College equestrian club and the Silver Fox Equestrian IEA team—accommodates year-round whispering with indoor and outdoor riding areas.
At Brickhouse Cardio Club, an open floor space sets the stage for Zumba classes every day of the week. The floor—designed to ease joint and knee maladies—is merely one aspect of the club's comfortable and supportive atmosphere. At the club, patrons find a combination of dancing and aerobics classes that will help them with weight loss or body toning in the midst of a fun environment.