At PlayN Wisconsin, sock-clad kids lay siege to a 10,000-square-foot retail showroom, climbing ladders into redwood play sets, slipping down slides, and vaulting onto Springfree trampolines. Though the selection of outdoor play equipment is available for sale, open-play sessions encourage visitors to swing from the jungle gyms and hurl basketballs at performance hoops equipped with glass backboards for checking your reflection during slam dunks.
Besides hosting open play and birthday parties, PlayN Wisconsin helps families bring the play sets to their own backyards. Many items pack up for easy transfer straight from the store, and the staff can help move and reassemble existing swing sets at a new home. In addition, maintenance services such as power washing and staining restore wooden equipment weathered by the seasons and rebellious garden gnomes’ graffiti.
The first time Amanda Uphoff attended a yoga class, her clothing still bore hints of her infant son's spittle. As she down-dogged her way to yoga mastery, she found a peaceful clarity that balanced her hectic life as a parent. Troubled by the growing rates of childhood obesity and youth eating disorders, Amanda decided to open her own family-focused studio. Blackbird Family Yoga offers classes for every age group, from freshly hatched infants to the parents that incubated them. Popular classes include family yoga and postnatal sessions, in which mothers find peace in their child's pose and infants grapple with life's complexity in adults’ poses. The studio supplies childcare to accommodate parents who need a break from child wrangling.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in kinesiology exercise science, ACE-certified trainer and Fit Fun Bootcamps founder Dustin Maher designed MamaTone Fitness to help moms vanquish weight gain after childbirth. Inspired by his own mother—who cooked his siblings and him healthful meals but rarely had enough time to exercise—Maher strives to imbue his clients with the motivation to do both. Whether training new moms, moms-to-be, dads who had moms, or curiously fast sons whose moms found them in the middle of a Kansas corn field climbing out of a spaceship, his group classes and boot camps immerse participants in a full-body workout with moral support from neighboring exercisers.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe, noncompetitive environment for wee ones to exercise their brains and bodies. The membership features a month of weekly classes and other activities, including tumbling, dance, sports, and parent-child yodeling. Kids enjoy gymnastics programs that cater to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Each session's hands-on activities keep the indefatigable energy motors of little tykes revving, facilitate bonding, and boost listening skills, attention spans, and confidence. Additionally, youngsters ages 4 months to 3 years glean social and intellectual know-how from the professionally developed parent-child program, learning how to count to 10 and why it's not nice to throw pudding at the mailman.
A college soccer star, Keva Sports Center CEO Eric Fritz knew he wanted to incorporate his passion into his business. Now, 12 years later, Keva Sports Center has grown from 70,000 square feet to more than 130,000 and draws more than 350,000 people to its indoor and outdoor turf fields per year. Pride is won among adults on volleyball and basketball courts, while the kids bounce on inflatables. The word "Keva" is a Native American term referring to a meeting place, and Mr. Fritz and his staff strive to be a gathering place for the community, hosting Sober Saturdays to promote clean fun for area middle-schoolers and teens.
The club keeps visitors fit with group exercise classes, personal training, and aquatic activities in indoor and outdoor pools. Specific classes vary by location, though each hosts cycling, yoga, and Pilates. The 24-hour Harbor location caters to muscles with 160 classes per week, including youth classes in swimming, sports, and ballet.