At first, Boing! Jump Center measured only six feet square. It sat on the tabletop of Boing! founder Michael C., who wanted to work out the best possible arrangement of bounceable surfaces before opening. Today, each center?s trampoline arenas total more than 12,000 square feet of jumpable surface, where everyone has access to multidimensional springiness.
Boing! also has a separate arena for an aerial version of dodgeball that adds jumping to the sport?s usual ducking, throwing, and curling up into a ball once you?re out. During breaks between aerial activities, guests can stop by the Boing! arcade. The game center also hosts combo deals, including a college night.
Players exchange infrared beams from a roster of replica guns, each designed to emulate real military weaponry in size, weight, and operation. Each gun blasts targets in limited rounds using eye-safe infrared light, a technology adapted from military combat simulations. Players test their marksmanship in 75 realistic laser-tag missions, some of which require them to practice espionage, defuse bombs, protect and rescue hostages, or chase squirrels out of their front yards. When not exchanging beams of light, players can enjoy a snack or drink at the cafe.
At Kinder Kicks, parents and children exercise, learn, and bond during get-togethers that fuse age-appropriate activities with applicable life lessons, from sharing to traffic safety and self-control. Three different age groups—Remarkable Me, Jumping Joey, and Leadership Lion—divvy up the action for newborns through 4-year-olds, with each tier focusing on skills and principles that are easily digestible for its participants.
Remarkable Me sessions, for instance, offer tactile, auditory, and visual stimulation for toddlers while their parents engage in cardio- and strength-training workouts. As kids advance, so does the curriculum: by the time they reach Leadership Lion status, youngsters are practicing basic martial arts to develop a positive attitude toward physical fitness and learn how to kick through their bedroom's forcefield when they're grounded. Little ones are ushered through this progression by friendly instructors, along with The Remarkables—a team of animal characters that makes visits all the more enjoyable.
Fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero shows, movies, and comics gather to celebrate their shared interests at CONjure. For three days, costumed guests mingle with new friends and old pals, shop for paintings and drawings from professional artists, and play tabletop, board, and console games for hours on end. Panel discussions and seminars from experts such as Space Ghost: Coast to Coast's George Lowe and The Legend of Neil director and writer Sandeep Parikh inform visitors of new trends in costuming, special effects, and media. Attendees can also compare their posters and life-size cardboard cutouts to the real-life forms of stars such as Mark Sheppard from Firefly and Supernatural, Kelly Hu from Arrow and X-Men 2, and Joel Hodgson from Mystery Science Theater 3000.
As its name suggests, Taylor's Fitness Club - North Wind Martial Arts Academy leads a double life. For students seeking to master the moves and disciplines of kickboxing and the martial arts, it's a dojo of learning. For those hoping to improve their abilities to lose weight, tone their bodies, and walk up flights of stairs without huffing and puffing like the Little Engine That Could, it is haven of fitness. Leading the way is Sensei James Taylor. He boasts 23 years of training, backed by a seventh-degree black belt in Shito-ryu karate, first-degree black belt in Katsugo kickboxing, and NETA certification as a personal trainer. He calls on his resume of dual abilities to lead a combination of high-intensity boot-camp-style classes and martial arts sessions.
The view of Florida wildlife from the lakeview terrace at The Lazy Gator Bar needs
no food or drinks to make it worthwhile. Over buckets of beers and colorful mixed drinks resting on tables, the setting sun casts an orange-pink glow that adds a charming touch to the airboats coming in from a tour. This glow even makes the 8- and 9-foot-long alligators?who soak in a pool at the live gator and bird exhibit adjoining Black Hammock Gift Shop?look friendly. Waiters bring out bar snacks from the restaurant, while guests to linger over drinks as bands play live music on weekends.