The Gym of Armonk’s body-sculpting bastion boasts more than 100 scheduled classes per week and a refined range of gym equipment. A one-month membership (a $140 value) includes unlimited access to group gatherings of cross-training and strength-building sessions that bolster biological burning capabilities while lessening guilt stemming from recent Hot Fries binges. Sage yoga gatherings strengthen cores to steel, and spinning classes challenge participants to maintain a target heart rate while grinding their gears on stationary bikes. Sweat stars looking to explore more solitary fitness regimes have full rein over a range of gym equipment, including elliptical machines, treadmills, weights, and basketball courts for schooling retired astronauts during games of moon ball.
Just like its namesake, Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bedford Hills reflects the best of dancing’s midcentury heyday by schooling dancers in styles such as swing, foxtrot, and tango during classes and parties. Russian dance champions Yuri and Elena Tsarev tap their feet—but never impatiently—as they instruct private and group lessons. The duo wins the trust of its students by creating a supportive environment where pupils can try hip-shaking samba routines. Specialty lessons take the stress out of preparing for weddings and cruises, giving pupils time to learn the basic steps with the undivided attention of an instructor prepared to fire a six-shooter at feet to prevent missteps.
Lexington Avenue Gym boasts 5,000 square feet of physical activity-based space. A full-size boxing ring welcomes kids and adults, and classes include kickboxing, boot camp, and CrossFit. Personal training sessions offer one-on-one attention, while partner sessions offer added support as clients pair up with a friend or imaginary friend.
A Maze in Pottery invites brush-wielders of all ages and skill levels to select and custom-slather functional ceramic canvases. The studio's shelf-lined wall brims with more than 300 enticing and unpainted pieces, including cereal bowls ($14), coffee mugs ($13.50), and cat figurines ($13.50), which make ideal chew toys for brave mice. After selecting a piece, customers can get cozy at a table and spend two hours beautifying blank surfaces with more than 50 food-safe and lead-free paints and glazes.
• For $9, you get a day of table tennis for two people (up to a $20 value). • For $18, you get a day of table tennis for four people (up to a $40 value). The sounds of shuffling feet and travelling balls greet ears as they enter the 13,000-square-foot Westchester Table Tennis Center, and eyes are wooed by gleaming wooden floors and 18 brand-new Double Happiness tables. High ceilings set the stage as duos team up to battle like-minded twos in games of doubles, and Monday-evening beginner nights beckon the ping-pong shy. Facility-provided paddles slice through the spacious areas around each table, sending small plastic missiles back and forth between friends and family, and allowing kayak paddles to return to their intended use as giant mosquito swatters. After a full day of table flurries, men's and women's shower facilities allow athletes to cool down and clean off after a sweaty, fun-filled bout, and an on-site lounge invites prolonged post-game discussions between casual players and Olympic hopefuls.
At Kids U, upbeat instructors camouflage learning as playtime. They invite youngsters and parents into a kid-size gym that jump starts imagination with vibrant colors and a multitiered PlayQuad. The 17-foot playground spans 2,000 square feet of indoor space, where children explore tunnels and soar in swings. At classes, teachers inject freestyle play with structure while still allowing for creativity. The small, laid-back sessions cover subjects that range from gymnastics to cooking and building with LEGOs, all while interweaving themes such as teamwork and motor skills. The instructors pioneer similar subjects in three-hour day camps, molded around the Summer Olympics. Kids U's parties combine the fun center's two signature styles of recreation—freestyle fun in the PlayQuad and ordered activities—according to chosen themes, which, like concepts kicked around for the White House Correspondents' dinner, include Rock Star and Pajama Party.