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.
Salty Dinner Theater, which ABC 4 describes as ?bringing a twist to traditional on-stage classics,? combines professional actors and proficient chefs to stage productions performed at area eateries. Audience members gobble supper as performers interact with them before and during the production. Regularly inhabiting Madeline?s Steakhouse, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Joe Morley?s Smoked Beef & Bar-B-Q, and Mimi?s Caf?, among other locales, the show-accompanying meals range from scratch-made baked lasagna with ground beef and pork to a pound of succulent smoked-beef brisket.
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.
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.
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, sprints, squats, and lunges. 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.