The tropical murals around Pines Ice Arena's expansive indoor rink look down on skaters careening across the ice or using expressive figure skating to re-enact favorite scenes from 12 Angry Men. Lauded as one of the area's best places for ice skating by CBS Miami, the arena hosts public-skating sessions open to all ability levels seven days a week. Accredited PSA and ISI instructors lead hockey and figure-skating lessons for all ages and experience levels, while youth and adult hockey teams regularly clash on the frosty terrain. Arcade games and a concession stand offer visitors respite from icy exercise, and birthday-party packages equip guests with food, decorations, and a private room.
At Rocket Kids, children explore a space-themed indoor playground and face off against opposing teams in laser-tag matches. Amid walls painted with stars and planets, they trek through a noodle maze, crawl through tunnels, and take giant leaps for mankind in a moonwalk bounce house. Toddlers up to age 5 play among themselves in a safe, secluded area with its own mini inflatable. In the laser-tag arena, children and teens strap on sensor vests and seek out foes amid mist and neon-lit terrain. While their galatic warriors blast away at one another, parents relax with a cappuccino and free WiFi at the Stellar Bites café.
It was 2005 when Fran accidentally changed her own life. She attended a Zumba class on a whim, and after two minutes of dancing in the class's signature party atmosphere, she was in love with its Latin pop tunes, supportive environment, and focus on fun. Fran was hooked, so she attended more classes. She lost 60 pounds, and by December of the following year, she was training to be an instructor. Today, on the spring floor of her very own studio, Fran leads the full spectrum of Zumba classes. Recently this year, ZFran made another transition as she joined with Fred Busch's power hot-yoga to create a state of the art studio in Broward County.
Concord Aviation, Inc.'s pilots and instructors serve South Florida with many of the airborne needs visitors can come up with in. First and foremost, they teach people how to fly planes and assist them in becoming licensed pilots for small aircrafts, such as the Piper Cherokee 180 and Piper Arrow. Not everybody who wants to get up in the air cares to do the flying themselves, though, so pilots are here to conduct air sightseeing tours above Miami, showing off the skyline at midday or oceanic sunsets in the afternoons.
Wading through indoor heated pools, the instructors at British Swim School teach independent swimming skills to learners aged 3 months and older, adhering to a curriculum devised by British national swimmer Rita Goldberg. The 30-minute one-on-one sessions and small-group lessons, containing six or fewer swimmers, elucidate essential techniques for water safety and the importance of speaking fluent manatee. Swimboree (ages 3 months–3 years with parents) and Young Minnows sessions (ages 1–3 years without parents) teach wee swimmers basic water-survival skills, such as the back float. Turtle One and Turtle Two classes focus on freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke maneuvers, honing more structured swimming skills in older kiddos. British Swim School's Shark courses enhance stamina and speed and teach even more demanding strokes, such as the butterfly and little-known mountain-goat flail. Certain British Swim School classes require parents to participate in the water or to supervise from the pool deck, and adults-only lessons allow grown-ups to refine their own abilities without the supervision of a toddler.
ATA Flight School’s trusty fleet of Cessna aircrafts provides students with a way to get hands-on experience to earn their private-pilot certification or instrument ratings. Based out of North Perry General Aviation Airport, the FAA-approved professional flight school employs a staff of certified flight instructors who coach aspiring aviators along the way and give pep talks to airplanes prior to liftoff. ATA Flight School also operates Miami Flightseeing, which whisks passengers aloft for tours including The Grand Miami Tour, which flies high over 80 miles of beaches and Downtown Miami, and The Miami Sunset Tour, which reveals beautiful views of the sun as it sets over the Everglades.