Kern Charter Service dots Bakersfield skies with the majestic flight patterns of a large fleet of Cessna aircraft, giving aspiring pilots instant access to a bird's-eye view of awesome sightscapes and jungle-gym-shaped cumulus clouds. During a 40-minute discovery flight, a certified flight instructor will sit shotgun as you take the controls of the plane, fulfilling Top Gun-fueled fantasies of escaping earthly bonds and finding equal footing with the wind. The flight instructor will guide you through the necessities of piloting, ensuring safety and stability at all times. Kern's top-tier training is matched by its fleet, which currently consists of four Cessna 172s, deemed reliable and maneuverable enough to help first-time flyers avoid skydiving ex-presidents and wayward Frisbees.
The squeal of tires echoes from the ceiling as go-karts tear around the indoor track at Jam Raceway. Suspended inches off the ground, racers drive electric European karts that catch speeds up to 45 miles per hour. Each 14-lap race around the quarter-mile track takes about 10 minutes. Spectators can keep an eye on the action on the projection screen, which displays lap times and current standings. Drivers can check their statistics on the score sheet they receive after each race. The raceway's staff changes the track layout on a regular basis to keep racers on their toes.
At Metro BMX's weekly bicycle-motocross practice sessions, seasoned BMX vets and neophytes alike hone their racing chops on a well-maintained dirt motocross track. Racers bring their own BMX bikes (without pegs) to the course for two hours of open ride practice, during which BMX'ers can train for future races, fine-tune their skills, and conquer one of the newest Olympic sports. Riders as young as 3 (with a parental waiver) and as old as 60 frequent Metro BMX, allowing for high-octane family bonding and cross-generational understanding without awkward rides through the park on a bicycle built for nine. Metro BMX encourages riders to bring along their own helmets, though loaner helmets are available at the track.
Paula Brown has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1999, ever since she discovered that yoga went beyond mere exercise. As a registered Yoga Alliance instructor, she draws on techniques developed 2,500 years ago in India. Each posture cultivates flexibility and strength while calming the mind and fostering health. Paula's style is based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, a yoga master who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Iyengar's method is unique in that he emphasizes proper alignment, timing, and sequencing while moving between postures.
All of Paula's 14 instructors offer daily classes and private sessions inside the more than 9,000-square-foot Yoga Space studio, built in an old bank and furnished with eco-friendly paint, all-natural air, and an abundance of light. In addition to three yoga rooms, the studio includes a healing center that offers massages and more, an outside patio, and a tea bar. When students finish their classes, they can browse through the studio's store, which is stocked with yoga mats and clothes made with organic cotton and recycled karma.
It took canonical artists, from Vincent van Gogh to Pablo Picasso, years to complete their masterworks. At Corks & Strokes, it takes students of all skill levels only 120 minutes. That's because local artists lead the studio's two-hour painting classes, guiding pupils through each step toward completing the evening's painting. Equipment such as acrylic paint, brushes, canvases, aprons, and easels are all provided, though students are responsible for supplying their own snacks, beer, and wine. Besides adult painting classes, Corks & Strokes hosts courses for children, as well as freestyle painting sessions where visitors can stop by and paint independently.