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.
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."
The trainers at Ultimate Body Boot Camp forage through the workout wilderness to curate a fitness omnibus. They pull from multiple exercise styles—including Pilates, plyometrics, kickboxing, yoga, and core work—to build workouts that combine the benefits of cardio and resistance training. This earned the program a top spot on Arizona Foothills magazine's Best of Our Valley list for 2012.
To keep clients' muscles from hitting the wall, getting bored, or taking off in the dead of night to pursue a career as an anatomy textbook model, coaches change the routine each class and give campers personalized tips to fuel individual journeys. Body-composition tests and nutritional plans augment the sessions, inspiring long-lasting habits for healthy physiques.
Challenger Space Center Arizona 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.
UltraStar Cinemas cossets moviegoers in cushy seating as they enjoy Hollywood hits alongside buttery servings of popcorn. Film buffs can peruse the current showtimes to handpick an action-packed flick, romantic comedy, or chilling thriller featuring inexplicably aggressive hamsters. The concession stand outfits moviegoers with snacks, drinks, and buckets filled with warm kernels, keeping stomach grumblings to a minimum during showings and providing crunchy projectiles in case of sudden younger-sibling attacks.
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.