Historically, pumpkin patches only grow gourds and fancy carriages that disappear after one night. But that's not the case at Norris Amusements?the family-run pumpkin patch sprouts magical experiences that last nearly all year. The original San Clemente location opened for the Halloween season in 2001, and it wasn't long before the patch spread its roots to multiple locations and across multiple seasons. Today, Norris Amusements' grounds serve as pumpkin patches in the fall, as Christmas tree farms during the winter, and as inflatable playgrounds during the summer.
Each year, Fright Institute enrolls a new team of horror specialists to haunt its halls with thrills, chills, and special effects. The 6,666-square-foot space terrifies mortal souls with animatronics, props, and sets designed by professionals who boast experience working for Hollywood horror movies. The creepy curriculum changes every year so that each howl and shriek has maximum impact. The crew starts preparing Fright Institute months in advance, ensuring ample time to install all of the effects.
Founder and CEO Allison Beardsley's passion for Pilates sparked after struggling to find exercise that would not aggravate her basketball-related ailments. The discovery that the efficient resistance moves helped her to develop a strong core without subjecting her joints to pain inspired her to spread the word of Pilates's benefits to others, which she does from 10 clean and sunny Club Pilates–studio locations. A team of certified instructors teaches the group classes, which are designed to strengthen, tighten, and tone the entire body. The staff leads students through controlled movements and breathing techniques performed on specialized Pilates machines, such as the Reformer, a Pilates ballet barre, and retired kitchen chairs. To ensure each patron can craft a well-rounded workout regimen that suits his or her needs, the studios offer stretching and sculpting classes that touch upon a variety of fitness modalities.
Megan Johnson McCullough has always led an athletic life. She played basketball on a full scholarship in college, and received a master’s degree in physical education and health science. Then she went on to become a personal training, with certifications in Aqua, Body Pump, cycle, yoga, and Zumba. At Every Body’s Fit, she personally trains between one to four people each session, and teaches classes such as boot camp, cycle, and a special Senior Fit classes for clients 50 years of age and older.
In an effort to cater to families, First Class Fitness Center offers members access to a childcare facility complete with a nursery and playroom. As a CPR-certified staff watches youngsters, adults can engage in one-on-one training sessions with a certified personal trainer without the pressure of impressing their children. Or they can attend one of the gym's many classes, including Pilates, kickboxing, yoga, and boot camp. On the amenities front, First Class offers fitness evaluations, nutrition coaching, tanning, and towel service.
A former competitive bodybuilder and self-professed fitness fiend, Kathy Babcock has trained everyone from kindergartners to grandmothers to high-school football teams. At Healing Crown 2 Toe, Kathy preaches a natural approach to aging and self-preservation. Private Pilates sessions build long, lean muscles, whereas dance and Zumba classes burn calories in an energizing, supportive group environment. Kathy also hosts a weekly segment on KUSI's "Good Morning San Diego."