DarkHorse Leadership's rock descenders, certified by the American Canyoneering Association, edify students in the procedures and techniques necessary for safely exploring canyons. In the three-hour technical workshop, students blaze a new stony trail and learn the basics of canyoneering—learning the canyon rating system and essential skills such as properly selecting gear, anchoring and rigging, and pacifying territorial goats with well-aimed compliments. Two instructors equip students with safe-adventure knowhow, a solid foundation for participating in more advanced instruction, and the secrets to conquering the giant, foam Mega Crag.
Stereotypically, laser-tag games are designed for weekend warriors and adrenaline junkies craving a nonlethal form of combat warfare. All too often, these scenarios fuel aggression and salty sailor talk in both adults and teens. But Command Deck, the latest laser-tag hotspot, has a different target in mind: moms.
Command Deck allows matriarchs to breathe a much-needed sigh of relief by setting aside most of its business hours to Tiny Tag—laser tag designed specifically for the 12-and-under crowd. They even impose age and height restrictions so that every match is a fair fight. Thoroughly vetted and charismatic referees watch over each campaign, and a live video feed enables parents to watch their little infrared warriors from afar. For those who want to take the action outside, Command Deck also offers mobile laser-tag services that add excitement to any backyard barbecue or job interview.
Wipe that smile off your face—this isn't your average mud run. Special Ops Race is an elite obstacle course, drawing its challenges from the same hurtles that special-operations soldiers train on in the military. Participants can tackle the shorter, but still intense Ranger 5K with 20 obstacles, or they can take on the behemoth Green Beret 10-Mile that challenges worthy participants with 35 military-inspired obstacles, including a low-wire crawl, zig-zag walls, a tire run, and hand-to-hand combat.
Some proceeds of the event benefit the efforts of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides grants and counseling to surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps special-ops members.
At Jump Around Town, tykes scamper through an obstacle course, sail down slides, and fall onto a bounce pillow in the center of a springy arena. Owners Evelyn and Dallin set up their play space to facilitate both fun and supervision, positioning picnic tables and couches where parents can monitor kids’ conduct and judge Buzz Aldrin impersonations. In addition to open-play sessions, Jump Around Town also hosts birthday parties, for which they rent out the entire space for up to two hours. Visit the FAQ page for more information on required clothing and busiest hours.
The guides at Elusive Fly Fishing lead groups of fish seekers to Utah's choicest spots for casting lines and reeling in big ones. Prime locales include points on the Provo and Weber Rivers along with a handful of smaller waterways, where clients can get their hands on Rocky Mountain whitefish and trout varieties such as brown, rainbow, and brook. Half- and full-day tours include all necessary gear and a sack lunch. Lessons are available for beginners or those who need help ironing out the kinks in their casts.
Between Get Air Hang Time's two indoor locations in Orem and Lehi, more than 43,000 square feet of surface sprawls with wall-to-wall trampolines. Both centers' foam pits let jumpers land softly after launching from trampolines into feats of flips and twists, and Orem's AIRobics and Zumba classes bounce visitors into different means of exercise. Additionally, both locations let kids celebrate birthdays or recent promotions at the lemonade stand.