At Rockbridge Adventures, wholesome doses of exercise lurk secretly beneath layers of amusement as adult kids and actual kids climb, slide, and soar across a collection of indoor attractions. Openly defiant against gravity, bungee trampolines send jumpers flipping through the air 20 feet above the ground. Climbers race up a 24-foot rock wall, and in the padded battlezone, siblings joust for power or, more importantly, the front seat on the ride home. Healthy huffs and puffs continue in the Xbox Theater as well, where a large screen dances with Kinect games that constantly keep minds and feet moving, like a spelling bee held on a bed of hot coals. The facility invites all visitors 4 and older to open-play sessions, and also hosts dodgeball tournaments, team-building events, and birthday parties.
Four red screamers cut through the sky above Atlanta Regional Airport at Falcon Field, synchronizing their movements as plumes of white stream behind them. This is the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, just one of many airborne performers in night and day shows of the The Great Georgia Air Show. As the audience throws their collective head back, they’ll take in the chill-inducing twists and rolls of multiple performers—including daring stunt pilots and wackier acts, such as the anthropomorphic Otto the Helicopter and a jet-powered school bus.
Elsewhere on the grounds, ticket holders to the day show can listen to live music or participate in attractions for both kids and adults. These include a 4-D theater, full motion simulators, warbird and helicopter rides, jet truck, kids zone, wall of flames, and aviation expo. Food-truck dishes and craft beers are also available for customer sustenance. Besides filling onlookers with wonder and engineless birds with jealousy, the non-profit air show helps fund more than 40 area organizations, including academic clubs and community programs.
Presented in part by Dan Clark, also known as Nitro, of American Gladiator fame, the Gladiator Rock'n Run is a unique and challenging event, pairing an obstacle-heavy running course and an attempt at breaking the record for the world’s longest mud pit with post-race entertainment, including beer, music, and food. Those prepared to race must dance through tires, army-crawl through mud, and clamber up rope ladders to avoid barrels thrown by giant apes. The roar of spectators rings throughout the course as bystanders cheer on runners to inspire strong finishes.
Kate Saville Hawkins opened Poshin Paint to provide a space where people of all artistic abilities can socialize while tapping into their creativity. It's all about discovering new talents and nurturing self-expression. The studio hosts canvas-painting classes for adults and painting parties for kids. The team of artists is also mobile—they can bring easels, paints, tables, starry nights, and other essential supplies to customers' homes for private parties. Kids' parties can include decor and cupcakes.
Before she'd ever considered starting her own studio, Design N Unwind's owner found herself in an unfamiliar place: an art class. With a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, she realized that not only was it fun to explore her creative side, but that she wanted to share that experience with others. So, instead of renting a stretch of billboards and letting hitchhikers doodle on them, she established Design N Unwind. There, themed classes put students in charge of painting with simple, step-by-step instructions that can be followed by anyone, regardless of whether they've practiced art before or not. Throughout the week, the studio plays host to public and private events, such as live jazz Sundays and bachelorette parties, as well as classes for kids and teens.
The staff at Golf Villa is passionate about the sport. The experts there can help golfers hone their games during private lessons, or they can recommend the right equipment from a selection of used men's and women's clubs. Alternatively, they fit, repair, and regrip clubs. The staff is also happy to just chat about golf, and they often have a tournament playing on the store's TV.