Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arenas launch socked striplings into the air with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Staffers supervise fun-filled visits, during which adult counterparts leap around with their kids through gargantuan bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an inflated obstacle course.
The colorful venue also hosts custom birthday parties and private team parties, each themed to please the partygoers in question. These soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. The birthday boy or girl even gets to blow out the candles on their cake seated in their blow-up throne. Occasionally, the staffers switch off the lights, arming the roomful of players with glow sticks and bracelets as they navigate the air-cushioned obstaclescape. Relying on the staffers' vigilant, watchful eyes, guardians can rest assured that their charges will stay safe, and each piece of the inflatable playground is held to the floor and ceiling by a complex series of anchors installed according to strict safety standards.
In 1976, two UC Davis graduate students bought 20 acres of land in the highly arable Capay Valley. One of the students, Kathleen Barsotti, was working toward her master's degree in ecology and was determined to grow vegetables and fruits in an eco-friendly way: organically. The organic-food movement hadn't yet entered the public consciousness, and Kathleen worked overtime to convince restaurants, stores, and consumers of the taste-able merits of her process. Over time, given the possible health and environmental benefits of certified organic food, she succeeded. The farm sprouted to 300 acres to accommodate the increased demand. Today, a second generation runs the farm as well as a shop inside San Francisco's Ferry Building. Dubbed Farm Fresh To You, the store furnishes customers' bags or portable cornucopia horns with all sorts of soil-sprouted goods, including heirloom tomatoes, sweet peas, and fresh asparagus. The farm also teams up with fellow Yolo County and Pacific Northwest farms to deliver boxes of seasonal produce to area homes.
A giant inflatable Superman towers above Bounce-a-Rama's indoor playground, whose air-filled attractions accommodate children eager to slide, climb, and explore. Tunnels and popups wind through a Batman-themed inflatable, and a steep, two-story slide lets kids safely experience free fall. Characters like Dora the Explorer and Scooby-Doo preside over other bouncers in areas specifically designed with younger children in mind. For noninflatable fun, Bounce-a-Rama stocks its game area with arcade staples such as Deal or No Deal and skee-ball. To reenergize youngsters after playtime, the facility's aviation-themed Fly 'n' Dine restaurant serves treats such as chicken nuggets and slices of housemade pizza.
More than 13,000 square feet of fitness splendor greets each prospective corpus contortionist at the India Community Center's welcoming health club. Dozens of modern cardio-equipment machines await the lovable limbs and torsos of hopeful hardbodies, including ellipticals, treadmills, rowing machines, life-sized Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, and exercise bicycles. Each apparatus features its own personal television and coin-operated hugging device. If the support of fellow flexers is desired for muscular motivation, the center hosts more than 50 group classes per week for exercisers four and up, including yoga, Zumba, group cycling, step aerobics, and Bollywood CardioDance. Before a session in the free-weight area, bodybuilding parents can feel free to drop off kids aged three months to 12 years ($3.50 per session or $15 per month) at the Play Care area for controlled Tonka truck lifting and stationary cycles with training wheels.
Rick DuBois left a career in the cutthroat corporate world in favor of his current and more humane profession as the owner and resident "pack leader" at You Luckie Dog! The lifelong pooch aficionado brings more than 20 years of dog expertise—including a stint as a chow-chow breeder and trainer—to his canine daycare, boarding, and grooming spa. "Pretty much whatever a traditional kennel does, we do the opposite," says Rick, who personally groups his tenants into amiable playgroups according to size, temperament, and fastest time swimming the 300-meter dog paddle. The canine resort rejuvenates man’s best stressed friend with physical exercise and socialization, with stays ranging from day-long excursions to overnight boarding. The popular daycare service allows early morning drop-off and pickup as late as 8 p.m., and Rick makes a point of never smacking his customers with dollar-per-minute fees for late pickups. "I know what it's like to have meetings run long while people drone on. I want people to know I'm not trying to nickel-and-dime them."