It's easy to fit in a little relaxation when you work out at The Club for Women Fitness Center and Day Spa. As soon as you finish up a yoga or water volleyball class in the women-only club, just head to the on-site spa. There you can wind down from a workout with a mani-pedi, massage, or facial, instead of stretching or napping atop a treadmill. The beautifiers can even boost the effects of your gym time with Synergy, a treatment that tightens cellulite using vacuum massage. Best of all, the gym also offers childcare so kids will be watched-over and entertained as you indulge at the spa, work out in the gym, or exercise one-on-one with a personal trainer.
As any triumphant team of athletes can tell you, winning is exhilarating. At Sportball USA, though, instructors focus on the quieter joys of athletics: improving motor skills and life skills. Their noncompetitive instruction?aimed at babies all the way up through tweens?covers eight popular sports, ranging from soccer and volleyball to hockey and golf. With age-appropriate, child-sized equipment, they help youth develop balance, strength, and coordination. They also nurture the self-confidence that will one day be needed on the soccer field where each grown kid will take the bar exam. Classes include gross motor games designed to help develop agility, balance, and coordination. splash Sports: Beat the heat with Sportball?s Splash Sports! Certified Sportball coaches will incorporate water play into the skill instruction. And kids should be ready to get wet because their splash sports will incorporate water play into the courses.
When Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, reports The Arizona Republic, it sparked John Edwards' passion for Star Trek. He began amassing action figures and memorabilia into a collection that has since mushroomed into the more than 13,000 toys, comic books, and posters that put the experience into the Arizona Pop Culture Experience. According to the Phoenix New Times, the nonprofit museum is divided into rooms based on heroes and stories, such as the DC room and the Marvel room. Hundreds of action figures, custom-made for John, have earned the museum top honors in the _ Phoenix New Times’_ 2010 “Best Places to See Action Figures”, and the only spot on The Action Figure Makers’ Guild Magazine’s list, “Where are All my Action Figures?”
The rest of the space covers the last 50 to 60 years of popular culture, from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and the music of The Doors to current crazes such as Twilight and Harry Potter, the saga of a wizard who relinquishes his wand to make earthenware. The museum also doubles as a comic book store where new issues hit the shelves every week.
Blue Elephant Creations joins the lineup of stores in Paradise Valley Mall, offering more entertainment than product. Children ages 3 to 12 enjoy tumbling, rolling and jumping in the large double-inflated bubbles. The fun activity is safe, too, as the trapped air in the balls provides plenty of cushioning for those inevitable collisions during inflated-ball rush hour.
Situated within the commercial corridors of the Paradise Valley Mall, the carousel breaks up staid shopping trips and mundane municipal building inspections with a dash of whirling whimsy. Riders grab the reins of phantasmagorical steeds—including sea horses, dragons, and Cinderella's pumpkin carriage—during each 2.5-minute ride, stretching fantasy-inspired imaginations of the young and old alike, aided by the melodious soundtrack of the carousel's musical interludes. Each punch card may be redeemed for 10 rides, and can be used multiple times during each session, allowing enthusiasts to take solitary turns or to schedule reveling revolutions with up to nine carousel comrades.