Sky-blue walls and sand-colored carpets greet each family at Kids Unleashed, where slides, hula hoops, and playhouses invite young ones to explore as they hone their gross motor skills. The make-believe beach beckons stocking-dressed feet to roam its shores, where children ride rocking horses and parents surf free WiFi instead of the carpet in a nearby lounge filled with coffee, conversation, and clear views of the kids’ activities. Story time piques young children’s interest in reading, and ping-pong tables help older kids to develop enough hand-eye coordination to read a book while performing a cartwheel. Parents may depart during most of the center’s classes and camps, as the creation of art projects stimulates inventiveness in each child, and cupcake-baking demonstrates that cakes have children too. After class or playtime, the café teems with homemade, health-conscious snacks.
Valley Athletics's vast facility empowers exercisers to pursue their favorite sports and fitness regimens side-by-side. Four indoor hard courts host regular tennis leagues and lessons for kids and adults. The nearby air-conditioned viewing area also houses a pro-shop, with all the equipment to restring rackets on which too many air-banjo solos have been played. Teams of competitors enjoy year-round soccer leagues or hone their skills in classes on the 27,000-square-foot indoor turf field, which supports the use of cleats. The fitness facility itself, along with the sports training center, houses eight personal trainers and sports performance specialists who help clients hone their physical skills, on, off, and hidden in the field.
Fondy Sports Park entertains miniature sports enthusiasts of all ages with a mini-golf course and other kiddie-friendly games. The 18-hole mini-golf course challenges even the most studious putter with dynamic holes guarded by hills and obstacles including animal statues, buildings, and sentient bogeys and birdies. Just like the Masters Tournament, mini-golfers with max determination can play out the entire course and seek to win a free game on the 18th-hole challenge. Though not included in this Groupon, Fondy Sports Park also satiates adventure seekers with go-karts, batting cages, bumper boats, and other thrilling activities to get the family out of the house and help them forget last night's contentious six-hour Monopoly game.
Elite Sports Clubs and its staff of smash-savvy, nationally experienced tennis pros can turn any mechanical stroke into fluid forearmed success on one of more than 30 well-maintained indoor and outdoor training courts. For players seeking to get back into the game or meet the game for the first time, an instructor will spare no bead of sweat breaking down the basics in a comprehensive fashion. Semi-private lessons are limited to two to four students ($30, four players; $35, three players; $40, two players), which means all practitioners develop a variety of techniques in the atmosphere of constant feedback and encouragement. All lessons must be scheduled in advance online. Students can either provide their own racquet or purchase one on-site.
Dave Gerry started the Princeton Club with three simple tenets in mind: great trainers, exceptional equipment, and easy access. To realize that dream, he assembled a team of American College of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainers to helm the cardio and strength-training centers 24 hours a day.
Whether working out solo, in a group class, or with a trainer to remind them that bench-pressing beehives is safer with a spotter, guests can drop their young ones off at the free childcare center. Splashes fill the natatorium as swimmers paddle across the six-lane lap pool, as the resistance-current pool's adjustable waves enable guests to walk in place. A dip in the whirlpool soothes stress, and the steam room's eucalyptus aromatherapy and sauna's rejuvenating heat send bodies back into the world refreshed. Above the club, tennis and soccer players soak in vistas of Madison as they duke it out on the rooftop garden's turf. The competition continues indoors on basketball, racquetball, and volleyball courts.
At Prairie Athletic Club, fitness is not dependent on the weather. No matter your sport, you can find a space to play it while avoiding the snow. The club boasts an indoor soccer field, track and field space, racquetball courts, and basketball courts. If swimming is your forte, you can dip into the family pool, six lane lap pool with deep water, or the 90 degree warm water pool. After a cardio workout, build up muscle strength in the weight room or dip into the adult and family whirlpools and infrared saunas to relax tense muscles.