The whirring carnival attractions inside Jungle Jim's Playland never pack up and leave town. Instead, the year-round kiddie complex keeps its stable of rides completely indoors at its climate-controlled facility. Proud parents look on or join the action for free as kids 11 and younger enjoy jungle patrol cars, a ground-level roller coaster, and a traditional carousel. In all, seven rides and a multilevel jungle gym provide all the fun of an outdoor carnival without having to endure sticky, summer heat and long carnie lectures about 17th-century Italian operas. Kids split up their bumper car sessions with Skee-Ball and other arcade games or sit at picnic tables and nosh on a house-made pizza from The Jungle Cafe concession stand.
At Big City Bowl, staffers exude a down-home affability that puts bowlers at ease, even when games stretch past closing time. The alley buzzes to life during cosmic bowling, when customer-requested music videos flash across screens while beats pour into the lanes. Myriad leagues elevate the laid-back sport to a spirited showcase of athletic ability, whereas birthday parties dial bowling back to its more recreational uses. Resting competitors can nourish throwing arms with food and beer at the onsite snack shop or watch NFL or college football games splashed across six TV screens.
Paul Hunt has toured the world as the pigtailed and hairy-chested "Paulette Huntesque," delighting crowds with a comedic gymnastics routine alongside superstars such as Mary Lou Retton and Nadia Comaneci. But as a coach at Hunt's Gymnastics Academy, Paul boasts a r?sum? that's just as impressive as Paulette's. Not only was he a national champion, but he coached Utah's first Olympic-level gymnast, as well as many other championship- and scholarship-winning athletes.
Alongside other highly qualified instructors, Paul teaches gymnastics and tumbling to children of all ages at Hunt's Gymnastics Academy. Kids can start as young as 3, working on honing motor skills and self-esteem in Tots classes. The academy's most committed students can eventually work toward a spot on the competition team. But the school doesn't just focus on traditional gymnastics?instructors also lead aerial silks classes and yoga sessions, which help students develop the flexibility to out-bend even Gumby.
At Elite Tumbling, all of the introductory lessons are private, ensuring each student masters fundamentals like back tucks and back handsprings before graduating to higher-level group classes. Along the way, instructors encourage kids to challenge themselves with new moves, all while emphasizing safety. Gymnasts of all levels can don the school's spotting belts, and specialized mats and trampolines cushion falls. Snowboarders and skiiers also benefit from the high-tech safety equipment?the school's system of bungee belts allows them to practice aerial moves before they hit the slopes.
Pinnacles Gymnastics trains kids to flip, somersault, and reverse the polarity of their gravity in classes and summer camps that begin at age 3. Open gym is available for those who want to practice the skills they learned in class, and Parents' Night Out events fill Friday nights with pizza, a movie, and gym time.
Run Jump-n-Play takes away Mother Nature's power to spoil a day of fun. No matter if it's hailing or raining, the haven gives kids a space to do all activities recommended in its name. Indoor playground sessions feature swings, slides, trampolines, and basketball hoops, whereas open inflatable play lets wee ones bounce and climb to their hearts' content. Not only can they play ball in inflatable arenas, they can also explore an inflatable ocean filled with sharks, dolphins, and treasure, or head to the Cosmic Glo arena for glow-in-the-dark bowling and golf. Taken as a whole, Run Jump-n-Play becomes not only a great place for children to burn off steam, but also a favorite spot to celebrate birthdays and work through an irrational fear of air.