An expanse of 550-million-year-old rock surrounds the geological exhibits at The Johnson GEO CENTRE, a 33,600-square-foot facility that resides mostly in stone’s favourite hangout: underground. There, the Steele Earth & Space Theatre screens high-definition science-minded films in 2-D and 3-D, and the Geo Theatre projects the four-billion-year history of the earth onto a rock wall featuring a cave, running stream, and glowing lava. Exhibitions include scientific oddities such as a cutaway of the earth and 565-million-year-old fossils preserved in layers of volcanic ash. The museum also highlights the educational opportunities found in more recent events: real-life artifacts and interactive kiosks tell the Titanic's tragic story, and the ExxonMobil Oil and Gas Gallery explores energy with scale models of an oil tanker and offshore supply vessel.
At the KidsPlace, youngsters aged 1–7 can put on science-inspired plays on the puppet-theatre stage or study trilobites and eight-track tapes in the fossil corner. The gift shop also outfits kids with educational books and games, and adults can stock up on agate wind chimes and sterling-silver jewellery. In between bites of GEO sandwiches in the GEO café, members can peruse schedules of numerous monthly events or plan enrollment in summer camps aimed at junior scientists.
The academy's chief instructor and founder Chad Nippard—a World Taekwondo Federation third dan black belt and international gold medalist—channels more than 20 years of martial arts experience into each of his carefully crafted lessons. He strives to preserve the original tae kwon do methods he learned through his training under Grandmaster Woo Yong Jung while remaining on the cutting edge of new techniques. He and his team of qualified instructors imbue students aged 3 and older with enriched physical ability, flexibility, endurance, and concentration through World Taekwondo Federation tae kwon do and hapkido training. Tae kwon do sessions and summer camps are divided by age and rank to teach budding martial artists the fundamental stances and strategies for developing confidence, self-control, and the fitness necessary to help mom carry the heaviest of all groceries—gallons of fresh uranium.
MAX Arts. Athletics. Wellness. is a kind of Athenian-style gymnasium that celebrates the intersection between physical and intellectual pursuits. The instructors teach arts courses in dance, music, and theatre and help to increase physical grace with jazz and ballet, train aspiring thespians through acting classes, or build musical acumen during one-on-one singing or instrument lessons.
On the other end of the spectrum, athletics programs include volleyball and basketball camps to hone sport-specific skills, such as spiking the ball or building new hoops out of peach baskets. Martial-arts instructors arm students with confidence and self-defence skills through youth karate classes, adult kenpo training, and women-only kick-boxing courses. Yogis and Pilates instructors also make use of the centre’s space to strengthen cores and limbs with stretches and asanas.
All classes take place within one of four top-of-the-line teaching centres, which house ample classrooms along with a fitness and conditioning centre. Inside, 66 feet of field turf stretch across the gym, providing better shock absorption as students work with kettlebells, battling ropes, sleds, and hurdles.
Instructors Angi Critchell and Christie Fahey's exercise philosophy might best be summed up in the adage, "There's more than one way to climb a tree while riding a horse backwards." Their classes range from high-intensity boot-camp classes to fun-focused dance-fitness sessions, but their end goal is the same: They work to inspire people to lead more active and healthy lifestyles. Their Combat Zone boot camp motivates bodies into motion with ultrachallenging interval-training exercise that might include body-weight resistance regimens one day and boxing drills the next. On the other end of the spectrum, their club-lit Zumba classes fuse the fun of cutting a rug on the dance floor with calorie-burning aerobics moves. The classes get hearts jumping with easy-to-follow choreography set to thumping Latin-inspired beats, just like the ones Barry Manilow is so famous for.
Sculpted into the rocky hillsides that comprise the shores of an Atlantic Ocean inlet, The View Golf Resort charms clubbers with sweeping vistas throughout its nine-hole, executive course. Seaside breezes snake through groves of pine trees and fairway-side shrubs, cooling off players and hot-tempered 9-irons as they traverse the 2,250-yard layout. The course challenges duffers with narrow fairways cleaved through ponds, sand traps, and natural hazards, placing accurate shot-making at a premium.
Along with its scenic fairway chain, The View Golf Resort regales guests with two distinct eating options—the Dining Room and Lounge—that serve a menu of traditional Newfoundland cuisine. Six well-appointed suites dot the resort’s placid expanse, providing overnight accommodations for those hoping to enjoy a romantic getaway with their golf bag or spend a weekend boating, hiking, or fishing in the resort’s rustic surroundings.
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Robbie Wiseman earned his black belt in kenpo karate at age 11, going on to earn an International Kickboxing Federation world-championship belt. He found that the discipline gleaned from kenpo helped him in school and beyond. Through Rock Athletics, he shares the same philosophies that bettered his life with students, inviting parents and children to train side by side and to learn time-tested techniques for improving focus or dealing with bullies.
Beyond kenpo-karate training, the gym also offers fitness boot camps and cardio-kick-boxing classes. Whether you're studying martial arts or just getting in shape, the fully matted 8,700-square-foot facility provides ample space to work up a sweat or play pickup games of Cirque du Soleil.