Mulligan Family Fun Center's three locations surround parents and kids with sprawling smorgasbords of kinetic entertainment. Outside, each park's sunny grounds encourage healthy activity with putt-testing miniature-golf courses and the hairpin turns of go-kart tracks. In the batting cages, aspiring sluggers test their swing while recognized major-league sluggers test their disguise against the park's do-not-admit posters. Back inside, climbers scale the rock wall’s vertical challenges and friends battle friends in laser tag’s intense light-based combat.
Each location also has its own signature activities. The Torrance location's rookie go-karts, for example, enable younger drivers to take a turn down the track, whereas the Palmdale location boasts a longer, 1,500-foot track for children and adults alike.
At Dudley's Wine & Gifts’ laid-back tastings, casually dressed patrons sip vintages to the stereo sounds of rock, soul, and reggae, eschewing the stuffy jacket-and-tie-please attitude of many wine events. At each tasting, knowledgeable staff members obligingly answer all manner of queries—from "What vintage is this pinot?" to "How come it's not spelled 'w-h-i-n-e'?"—helping to cultivate a welcoming and unpretentious atmosphere. Theme nights such as Thursday’s Singles Night and Wednesday’s networking event bring together groups of like-minded drinkers to slap each other’s backs and sip subtle merlots in Dudley’s bright, high-ceilinged tasting room. After swishing a glass, tasters can browse Dudley's cache of gift items, such as its famous tulip corkscrew, or entertain onlookers by reading wine labels aloud in Pig Latin.
The path of a talented high-school athlete is difficult to navigate, full of internal and external challenges to success. Prodigy Athletes provides athletic and emotional mentorship so that students can capitalize on their potential and avoid pitfalls such as the high drop-out rates and character issues that hinder success on a collegiate level. Troy Keali’i Lau—founder of the UCLA Mentorship program—carries on his mission of guidance at Prodigy, where student athletes are challenged physically and held accountable for their actions in a supportive environment. Training programs hone on-the-field skills, and tutoring programs help them gear up academically. Prodigy also works as an intermediary during the recruiting process, providing college visits free of charge and hosting showcases where students display their skills in front of college coaches and well-connected tackling dummies.
At Trampoline Cageball & Climbing Gym, visitors build strength, endurance, and awareness while participating in contact-free competition on several obstacle courses and inside innovative sports arenas. The facility's namesake, trampoline cageball, places participants in a one-on-one contest on an enclosed, Olympic-size trampoline. Players can reach heights up to 14 feet in the air while attempting to toss a 20-ounce palmable ball into the opponent's hoop, in a game that unifies the basic concepts of basketball, volleyball, and moon ballet.
In addition to burning calories and strengthening vestigial wings, visitors exercise total body musculature on obstacle courses such as the Ninja Warrior. Ninja Warrior challenges participants with varying routes on a 17-foot climbing wall and a ladder that requires significant upper body strength and a desire to impress potential mates in order to finish. Trampoline Cageball & Climbing Gym also provides free weights, slack lines, and climbing ropes.
Great West Christmas Trees sources fresh-cut noble firs from a farm in Stayton, Oregon and guarantees that owners will be satisfied with their new festive foliage. Upon arrival on the lot, tree hunters can peruse the extensive lineup of seasonal specimens, where they’ll be able to inspect candidates for shapeliness, fullness, and resemblance to holiday catalogue models. Once they’ve made a selection, they’ll be able to enlist the assistance of the on-hand helpers with affixing the tree to the top of a car for the ride home.
Dr. M. A. Zareh, an alum of the University of Southern California’s dentistry school, believes that everyone deserves comfortable, deft dentistry. This philosophy prompted him to work with homeless clients through the Union Rescue Mission of Los Angeles and to offer dentist-phobic patients diverse sedation options at his private practice. He also strives to set young patients at ease, teaching them proper hygiene practices through kid-friendly “show-and-tell” examples, rather than with Billy, the Blackmail Toothbrush. He and his team can just as adeptly administer general dentistry’s cleanings and x-rays, or augment smiles with whitening, six-month power braces, and other cosmetic treatments.