Rock climbing is exhausting. By the time you get to the top of the wall, you might want nothing more than to let go and fall into a pool of refreshing, crystalline water. Unfortunately, that's not possible at most climbing gyms—but it's a signature attraction at Barefoot Bay Family Aquatic Center. The park's AquaClimb water wall looms over a pool, beckoning climbers to scale its height and then drop with a splash.
Thrill seekers might also enjoy the enclosed body flume slide—a slippery ride in total darkness that ends with a watery plunge. But if you'd rather relax or reenact Moby–Dick in slow motion, then floating down the 740-foot lazy river in an inner tube might be more your speed. Elsewhere in the family-oriented center are slides and pools for all ages, including a wading pool for toddlers, a lap pool for working out, and a deep well for divers. When you're tired of swimming, head to the shaded concession area for a snack or a kick back in a complimentary lounge chair for a nap.
Booming top 40 hits echo throughout Just for Fun Roller Rink’s two vast arenas, amping up the entertainment as skaters glide and showcase moves in open-skate sessions and parties. The glittering of disco balls and the surreal glow of black lights transform the colored wheels of rental roller skates, speed skates, or roller blades into vibrant blurs as they spin across polished floors. While smooth movers hold hands and stack themselves into speedy human pyramids, video-game enthusiasts can get their fix at the arcade games along the side of the rink, and food enthusiasts can whet their palate with pizza, hot dogs, and snacks. Come Saturday night, the rink transforms into a live-music venue for local bands, and on holidays and special occasions such as New Year's Eve, Halloween, and Insomniac-Appreciation Day it puts on all-night celebrations.
The coaches at Gym Spot have trained several award-winning state and regional gymnasts, as well as recreational gymnasts. However, they also train babies. Their curriculum covers classes for children as young as 12 months, as they believe that a gymnastics education develops universal life skills, not just the ability to win medals. Their preschool sessions allow toddlers to work with their parents or on their own, depending on age, as they practice hand-eye coordination and cooperation.
As for children in 1st through 8th grade, they participate in activities that align with the USA Gymnastics program, including tumbling, vaulting, balance beam, and bars. Students who hope to compete, meanwhile, work on graduating each successive USAG level.
Just Your Art's proprietor draws from a wealth of training and experience to help students of any ability level hone their skills. She has a background in medical and architectural illustration that helps her create lifelike depictions of figures and structures. To boot, her master's degree in education allows her to wear a mortarboard and gown at all times.
She works with students to cultivate a joy of self-expression and accomplishment found in creating their own paintings, whether they are grownups enjoying sips of wine between brush strokes or kids discovering their talents during summer classes. Young ones learn the history of art and the finer points of sketching and painting during summer camps, and BYOB parties combine the thrill of girls' nights out with the beauty of artistic creation, defined as turning a wine glass into a wine glass that's balanced atop your head while you paint. The staff sells cappuccinos, lattes, and real fruit smoothies.
Though glass art has been Peter Patterson’s career for more than 35 years, glimpses of his other passions come through in his pieces, from his knowledge of plants to his scuba explorations of exotic seascapes. Indeed, he shapes searing-hot glass with the same fluidity as water, drawing on lessons from master teachers and his own background as an illustrator. The forms often flow around pre-fused decorations and even phosphorous elements that glow in the dark and ensure that the studio is entirely boogeyman-free. Students observe as Patterson creates his complex sea-form vases, memorial urns, and incandescent light bulbs. Afterward, students may purchase these demo pieces at a discount.
Day or night and in rain or shine, students can opt for lessons at Pine Grove Equestrian Center’s indoor heated arena or charming outdoor arena. Students enjoy one-on-one attention from passionate instructors during lessons that focus on developing proper technique in the saddle as well as a bond between rider and horse. The modern and full service equestrian facility offers english riding lessons, boarding, and training in a fun and friendly environment.