To the staff at Bounce It Forward, the only thing sweeter than scenes of kids zooming down inflatable slides, careening across bounce houses, and exploring Justin Bieber–themed castles is helping others. It's with this mindset that it donates 10% of its rental proceeds to charity. And the staff members put that donation in their customers' hands, allowing them to choose from noble causes such as the Peoria Unified School District and Operation Christmas Child. To complete party scenes, the rental company also offers concession machines that fuel kids with freshly popped popcorn and cotton candy.
Lake Pleasant Nautical Adventures? staff helps its customers explore 10,000 acres of water surrounded by the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The company's three-person Yamaha jet skis speed across the water's surface, sending blasts of mist and churned water into the faces of tailgating pelicans. Nearby, 200-horsepower speedboats create rushes of adrenaline as they tow wakeboards, tubes, and water skis. Pontoon boats take up to 10 passengers on floating picnics and fishing trips, and tours let customers experience the lake without having to learn its fish community?s complicated traffic laws.
Like an oasis, a patchwork of emerald fairways and greens rises from a desert landscape characterized by brambly hills, cacti, and dazzling white sand traps. The green labyrinth connects across 7,208 yards to form Quintero Golf Club's 18-hole course, a par 72 layout designed by famed course designer Rees Jones that has garnered numerous awards. A challenging test for scratch golfers when played from the back tees, the course scales its difficulty for golfers of all abilities by offering as many as nine tee options on certain holes and training golf carts to read every par-saving putt.
The acclaimed course serves as the backdrop for lessons conducted by Mike Poe, the club's director of instruction. Mike splits his time between the driving range—where he can be found adjusting players' grips, clubface, and swing mechanics—and the course itself, where he teaches golfers to manage its many obstacles, such as how to play a shot from an uneven lie or how to design a natural-looking toupee using divots.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course designed by Rees Jones * Length of 7,208 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 74.9 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 147 from the farthest tees * Scorecard
Challenger Space Center and Museum is on a mission: to excite and educate its visitors about science and the vast wonders of outer space. That excitement starts as soon as guests walk onto the entrance's elevated gantry bridge to see a four-story, space-themed mural painted by Robert McCall. Then it's on to the museum, where the center's affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution enables it to offer top-notch exhibits, which range from a model of an Iridium satellite to three separate meteorite exhibits. Beneath the planetarium?s night sky, stargazers can learn about the stars or test their wishes out on different constellations. Regular Family Star Nights encourage families to bond over stargazing presentations, a simulated shuttle launch, and other activities.
To immerse themselves in the space experience, groups can also sign up for two-hour simulated space missions that unfold in three spaces: a mission control room designed after the Johnson Space Center; the Spacecraft, which simulates a room onboard the International Space Station; and the Earth Space Transit Module, which helps crew members dock there.
A full-service sound, lighting, and entertainment company, Ambience Sound & Lighting transforms everyday venues into bona fide party spaces. The company dispatches its audio engineers to all types of gatherings—weddings, backyard bashes, festivals, concerts, corporate events—and outfits them with high-quality equipment. In every case, Ambience Sound & Lighting sets up and takes down the equipment and assigns an employee to remain onsite to ensure everything runs more smoothly than the best man's rendition of "I Will Always Love You."
Giddyup Stables' head trainer Christina Carl has had a lot of success in her 15 years of teaching horseback riding. “I have taken students from never riding before to winning in the show ring in just a few months,” she explains on her website. She quickly shows that a gentle attitude towards horses is best. During her lessons, Christina focuses on balance, control, and treating horses with respect, including teaching students how to properly handle a spooked horse.