From a scenic, outdoor perch overlooking Biscayne Bay, yoga instructor Gabby Goldbaum guides students through salubrious asanas in stress-obliterating group sessions. In the timeless practice of exercise by mimicry, patrons emulate Gabby as she moves fluidly between poses culled from the Hatha yoga tradition, keeping patrons ever mindful of breath control and the coterie of heist-planning waterfowl squawking conspiratorially at water's edge.
Line drives whistle and skid across Sluggers Batting Cages, where hitters perfect their swings against machines that sling pitches toward the plate at 40–80 miles per hour. Rounds of 18 pitches keep bats hurdling consistently through the zone, including inside two fast-pitch and two slow-pitch softball cages. For one-on-one schooling, private lessons are available by appointment, and cage rentals let teams and coaches practice without the distractions of a regular field, such as rain puddles or the forlorn howls of hot-dog-vending spirits. Between rounds, batters can browse the onsite pro shop's equipment and apparel or fill their mitts with snacks hauled in from the concession stand.
Happy Playz beckons youngsters ages 0–6 to traverse its age-appropriate playplaces while parents enjoy free WiFi near the cappuccino bar. Small tots boost their hand-eye coordination in the activity center or scrutinize their outfits in various mirrors throughout the multihued recreation station. A magnetic-bug center delights fledgling scientists with refrigerator-door residents whereas a pretend doctor's office teaches tykes about health and how to correctly ask for a doctor's note to get out of their taxes. Just beyond the bounds of the play area, an on-site café slings a bevy of kid-friendly cuisine including macaroni and cheese ($3.50), mini pitas with hummus ($3), and classic cheeseburgers ($3).
We talked to Arcade Odyssey's owner Rick Medina, pictured here with just a portion of his vast video game collection. This image garnered lots of social media attention, including a run on the front page of Reddit.
December 27, 2011.
I guess you can say I've been collecting games for over 25 years… I was always captivated by them, and I was also captivated by the technology behind them. It was a natural step to go from the collection to an arcade.
We've had quite a few tournaments. We've done cosplay. I really like when people come up and say, "thank you for building this."
When you walk in the door, right off the bat we have pinball. We're the only pinball place left. There isn't pinball anywhere... We have dancing games. We have shooters. We also bring in imported games from japan, china and korea, giving players an opportunity to try a game they might never had a chance to play. We have pretty much everything you can imagine. We also have consoles like Xbox 360's,Imported 360's, PS3, Wii's & now even PC's.
I love to bring in a lot of weird and obscure titles from Asian countries like Japan and China. I want to give customers a chance to experience games that they've never played before in their entire lives, Sometimes when I'm walking around, I'll even put in a few tokens and play some of the imports with everyone, just to open their eyes and show the players how much enjoyment playing something completely different can be. Who knows, you may find a new favorite game.
We are the only arcade in the world that changes out at least four to eight games every single month. Many of them we do by customer request.
Eventually, we want to build the world's first video game museum, showcasing not only the history, but also showing systems and games from all around the world, combine that with an even larger arcade, a bar, and quite a few other surprises coming down the road - trust me you'll love them. We want to build something that's sort of like a nerd entertainment mecca. We even want to incorporate a comic book store in here. We're only on stage two of about seven, so keep watching and be amazed.
It used to be that while the northern regions of the country enjoyed hayrides through patches of plump, orange gourds, south Floridians had to be content with only their gorgeous, tropical weather, but that all changed in 2012. At the 3rd annual Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival, 5,000 pumpkins will assemble just off the coast of Biscayne Bay for Peacock Park?s pumpkin patch. But the pumpkins are just the centerpiece of a weekend-long celebration filled with classic autumn traditions. ?We deserve to have that magical fall feeling too,? says organizer Vanessa Goodis, working to bring autumnal splendor to the Miami waterfront.
Along with pumpkins harvested for their slow-flickering internal flames, the fest also entertains guests with a diverse set of attractions. Kids navigate straw-strewn tunnels in the giant hay maze and tread eerie, eary paths in the corn-stalk labyrinth. The dress-your-own scarecrow village stocks the latest field-hand fashion wear, and the orange orbs that star in the festival can be decorated with paint, glitter, glue, and googly eyes for an additional fee. The Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival lets Florida children enjoy everything fall has to offer.
If you feel like "the concept of playing Q*bert while holding a cold brew is totally mind-blowing," as the Miami New Times?does,?you should head to?ARTcade. Part arcade, part art gallery, and part bar, the space is filled with artwork made by local artists and more than 60 classic arcade games, such as Frogger, Space Invaders, and the entire Pac-Man family. To complement the sights, ARTcade serves from a full liquor bar and has five craft brews on tap.