Baldwin Bowling Center’s 24 polished lanes reflect gleaming overhead lights and the competitive glint in bowlers’ eyes as they rack up spares and strikes with gutter-hugging curves. Automatic scoring systems keep track of each frame, freeing up bowlers to focus on hunting elusive turkeys and clearing the gutters of dried-up pins. The bowling center’s snack bar replaces energy lost while hurling balls or smashing buttons in the arcade room, which harbors games designed to further test one’s sharpshooting accuracy. During cosmic bowling on Friday and Saturday evenings, glowing lights flood the lanes and the sounds of pins crashing share the airwaves with pulsating dance beats. Make reservations ahead of time to bowl from Sunday through Wednesday.
Spotlight Theatres screens enrapture audiences with first-run movies. In each movie house, digital sounds and visual projections of fresh Hollywood films alight inner emotions of audiences resting in plush, high-backed stadium seats—each outfitted with a coin-operated mustache comb—or thrown directly into the action through 3-D technology. As eyes and ears relish motion-picture pursuits, soda, candy, and bounties of salty, crunchy popcorn emerge from the concession stand to occupy chatty mouths or catapult towards the screen to feed the hungry actors.
Bass Pro Shop's professional angler Jonathon Herndon ushers intimate groups onto the Catfish Reaper's fully rigged 2011 Sun Tracker pontoon boat, ferreting out schools of trophy catfish in Lakes Oconee and Sinclair. The eight-hour journey propels passengers over the white-capped waves of Georgia's island-dotted lakes, with Mr. Herndon giving personal attention to each fisher’s timing and technique. The charter includes rods, reels, and bait from the likes of Gamakatsu and Spro, as well as such terminal tackle as hooks, lures, and king-size tridents. Attendees should deck themselves out in appropriate seafaring attire and tote along a cooler or collapsible meat freezer if they’d like to bring their catches home.
Fitness Plus offers a variety of high-quality fitness equipment and specialized fitness programs for exercisers of any athletic prowess in a comfortable, hassle-free environment. Channel Michelangelo while chiseling a statuesque physique using the wide range of cardio and weight machines sprinkled about the spacious 16,000 square foot workout space. Members will have access to unlimited classes, including Pilates, spinning, Zumba, power yoga, and more, and the 24-hour access pass provides free reign to pursue muscle molding during the unstaffed, wee hours of the night.
The Georgia Children's Museum invigorates young minds with a healthy dose of fun, interactive educational exhibits and events. Curious kids can embark on an international trip in the Passport to the World exhibit, in which younglings absorb different cultures by trying on Japanese kimonos, dropping beats on handmade African drums, and fencing with French baguettes. Wee ones learn through play at the Little Learners' Loft, which lets kids investigate a dinosaur’s world, discover the culture of Native Americans, and embrace their inner Shakespeare in a puppet show. Finally, precocious tots can take their newfound wealth of knowledge and share it with others in the WGCM Studios exhibit. Up-and-coming anchorpeople can deliver a news broadcast or forecast upcoming soda storms from cotton-candy clouds.
Jordana Adler, a licensed massage therapist certified by the Pilates Method Alliance, fosters wellness as much as fitness at her boutique Discipline Pilates studio. Drawing on her thorough knowledge of myoskeletal alignment and other facets of health, she can target chronic pains in private sessions or work with larger assemblies.
Her studio’s group classes strengthen participants with diverse Pilates modalities, from standing routines that promote alignment to jump intervals, which employ the reformer machine for a joint-friendly cardio workout. Postworkout, patrons can detangle muscles under the percussive Thumper massage device, which combines the precision of a machine with the comfort of a machine that has learned to bake cookies.