From bounce houses and jumpers to inflatable slides and moonwalks, Jumpin' Jax Bounce & Party Center's humming air blowers are a siren call to kids and adults for safe family fun. A mecca for parties and leisurely afternoons, the bouncy playplace lets kids roam free while under the supervision of both parents and employees, and parties are augmented with pizzas and a private room. The facility also hosts a summer-camp program with field trips to the zoo, forest, and museums, and emphasis is always placed on keeping kids active and afraid of cubicles.
The YMCA of Greater Omaha brings people together at 10 locations with character-building programs that strengthen participants' involvement in their community. Adults can get a head start on their New Year's fitness resolutions with body sculpting, Pilates, and other tummy-toning group fitness classes, while kids can expend some energy at a drop-in child-care center that is free while parents work out. YMCA members also enjoy reduced rates on swim lessons and youth sports, as well as free senior programs. All locations except the LaFern Williams Y offer indoor pools for aquatic antics that cannot be properly enjoyed in a bathtub's limited splashing-real estate.
Underwater World's Padi–certified staff helps gill-less humans to develop their sea legs through hands-on scuba instruction. The 90-minute, in-pool Discover Scuba Diving class caters to beginners. Before divers slip under the water's surface, an instructor imparts aquatic fundamentals, such as how to breathe through a regulator and make proper fish faces. Underwater World provides all the necessary gear for skillful submerging, including goggles and air tanks. Those who find themselves under the spell of the sea after the session can continue taking classes with Underwater World, eventually removing their flipper training wheels and exploring bodies of water without a dive-master chaperone.
At I Made That!, parents and children work as a team to create painted pottery and fused-glass artwork. Adult-and-child duos that choose to paint pottery during their studio sessions first select a piece to beautify, be it a puppy, a 12-inch plate, or a bust of Ross Perot. Artists have access to the studio's supply of paints for the day, and they decorate their masterpieces until their works are ready for the kiln.
After cartwheeling through a decorated cheerleading career in high school and college, and time spent as a coach, Aleisha Lutzen decided to offer up her expertise to the next generation. To that end, she opened Exceptional Athletics Nebraska in 2011. By equipping her gym with mats and partial spring floors, she readied it for serious cheerleading practice, stunting,
tumbling, and mid-workout naps. Classes, coached by Aleisha?who is a certified National Cheer Judge?and her staff of trained instructors, range from purely recreational cheer to competitive team cheer and advanced tumbling. And while their tots tumble, parents can chart their progress from a viewing room that provides unobstructed sightlines of each back-handspring.
At the race emcee's cue, flashes of neon pink, lime green, and electric blue pour across the starting line. They may not be the hues of typical running apparel, which usually include black and grey so runners don't distract drivers, but this isn't a typical 5K. The Totally Rad 80s Run pays homage to the decade of the leg warmer by encouraging (though not requiring) runners to don '80s-inspired gear?workout or otherwise. The "raddest"-dressed participants win prizes, but everyone is welcome to beer and food available for purchase at the finish line. And since the 5K moves at a laid-back pace, you won't be too exhausted to enjoy it.