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.
The dress code of each fitness class at Onyx tells a lot about the curriculum: the shorter the shorts, the better in the pole fitness classes, as contact between the bare skin and the pole helps keeps students in gravity-defying inversion. Meanwhile, it’s better to wear long pants for the aerial fitness classes—you can avoid rope burn this way while climbing the silks that hang in the spacious aerial studio. These two types of classes make up the majority of Onyx Pole and Aerial Fitness Studio’s classes, and though the classes are fun, the instructors take the fitness aspect seriously, too. To that end, they offer boot camp, bodyrock, and core pole classes to help students achieve their overall fitness goals.
Big City Bowl enlivens the nightlife with urethane orbs supersonically tumbleweeding down well-oiled lanes. With this deal, up to six pin-clobberers get two hours of unlimited play, as well as bowling-shoe rental (a $2.50 value per rental), two large pitchers of soda (an $11.50 value), and two large orders of french fries (a $6 value), which can be dipped into bowling ball holes for extra horseradish flavor. With two hours of unlimited play, groups of six casual bowlers should be able to play about two games, and groups of six philosophers can play one game followed by intense debate as to whether predeterminism renders the picking up of a 7-10 split meaningless. All globe-slingers should call ahead to dodge longer wait times on league nights.
Salty Dinner Theater combines professional players and proficient chefs to create an edible production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The witty performance features all the original puns, poetry, and tragedy while offering a more humorous treatment of the star-crossed lovers' love scenes. During the play, rival families will feud, Juliet will declare her love from atop a balcony, and the pair will conspire to simultaneously end their careers as genealogists. Come with a group of your favorite ladies and lads and bond with fellow mock tragedy attendees as you interact with the characters and work together to choose one of three alternate endings for the ill-fated pair.
With the private, personal instruction from experienced musicians, kids will soon be shaking the walls and integrating British slang into their vocabulary. In the Performance Program (a $275 value), budding musicians learn the fundamentals of playing an instrument during a weekly 45-minute private lesson as well as one weekly group rehearsal. At the end of the season, students have the opportunity to perform at a rock venue (past student performances have included Pink Floyd's The Wall, AC/DC, Best of the '80s, and Devo). The All Access Membership Program (a $180 value) offers a 30-minute weekly lesson along with a one-hour weekly jam session and two tickets to each of the school's seasonal shows. In this program, students are free to focus on what they want to learn, whether it be perfecting a favorite rock song or practicing improvisation skills. Enrollment is rolling and based on seasons.
The trainers at CrossFit Aether have a unique understanding of their clients’ struggles to get in shape, because only a few years ago, they were in the same spot. Seeking to improve their lives through fitness, they rallied around owner Matt Van Dyke to mold a method of exercise that allows individuals’ inherent strength to bubble to the surface. Rooted in four fundamental elements—motivation, nutrition, action, and renewal—the CrossFit regime consists of varied daily workouts that incorporate functional movements such as burpees and sprints. This unique blend of weightlifting and gymnastic maneuvers readies athletes for more advanced classes, personal training, or running with the bulls while honing overall fitness.