Sergeant Marcus Cole became a proud member of the US Air Force at 26. But as he approached retirement age in 2009, he began considering other, more grounded careers—like brewing. During his last few years of service, he reported for duty from 9 to 5 every day, then spent nights brewing beer in an industrial space a half-mile from his reserve base.
Though technically a nanobrewery—so named for the small batches it yields—Cole's Kat Daddy Brewery showcases more than 10 original craft beers. His regular, cask, and nitro pours include the thrice-hopped Bald Headed Vulture IPA and a porter made with 100% unsulfured molasses. Besides the Kat Daddy tasting room, open every Friday and Saturday, Marcus sells his brews at locations such as restaurants and hotels and in person at various beer festivals.
All across California, Western Bowling Proprietors Association sends pins scattering at a network of bowling alleys, each with its own personality. In addition to open bowl on automatically scored lanes, many locations host special events that heighten the experience with enhancements such as vibrant lights, lively music, and laser systems that do double duty protecting the alleys' diamond collections. The alleys also house refreshment facilities, pro shops, and diversions that range from arcade games to billiards.
A steady aim and some cunning maneuvering will serve you well inside Triple O Lazer Tag's black-lit arena. The space plays host to family-friendly laser tag matches where contestants as young as 4 attempt to blast opponents with laser beams. Each session's fun goes on for 10 minutes, or the amount of time it takes to establish dominance with a handshake.
The team at TuTu Barre aspires to instill a love of dance in kids as young as 3 and maintain it as they grow up. Mommy and Me classes teach very basic steps to little ones with a little maternal assistance; kids a little older can try pre-ballet classes, and older kids can branch out into many levels of jazz, hip-hop, ballet, and modern dance. And for kids who want a career in the arts, musical-theater classes instruct them on the basics of stealing scenes. Adults, too, can turn to TuTu Barre for fun dance classes such as the Latin-tinged Zumba, as well as fitness classes such as Pilates, power yoga, and barre fitness.
Across the 20 lanes at Universal Strike Bowling Center, the rolling thrum of bowling balls prefaces the clattering of pins. As guests hunt strikes and spares, automated scoring tallies each felled pin, and pours of beer and platters of pizza from the sports bar sate competitors' appetites.
Away from the lanes, Universal Strike Bowling Center houses other venues for friendly competition, including a large arcade, and pool tables. In three banquet halls that can host up to 500 guests, the sprawling facility puts on wedding receptions, corporate gatherings, quinceañeras, and other festive events.
Cottonwood Golf Center's nine-hole executive course sharpens straight shots with one par 4 and eight par 3 holes. Duffer duets amble through the meandering fairways, launch dimpled orbs through 2,466 yards of emerald alleys, and defeat lesser opponents in pull-cart street races. The scenic course overlooks rugged hills and scraggly pines, thwarting off-kilter shots with a petite water hazard filled with foghorn-wielding ducks. Players can supply their own clubs, rent one of the facility's sets ($5), or thwack golf balls with the neighbor's flamingo lawn ornaments.