Cross-country skiers of all experience levels glide over 12.5 miles of machine-groomed trails that meander through Winding Trails’ 350 acres of snow-dusted wilderness. Trailblazers skim past spring-fed ponds on the double-tracked trails, zipping down gentle dips and traversing picturesque bridges, which crisscross over stocking-cap-wearing trolls. Beginners amble their way through the easy trails denoted with green signs, and more advanced skiers can tackle the blue and black trails surrounding Phantom Pond. Skate skiers can speed around the Skater's Loop, which tours the park's perimeter. Outfitted with skis, boots, and poles drawn from more than 200 sets of rental equipment, adult and child skiers caper about the frosty wonderland perfectly garbed for maximum comfort, ready to swiftly escape herds of hungry snowmen. Conditions permitting, skiers can hit the trails from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars' multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
Jump!Zone is an inflatable indoor play center packed with moonwalks, bouncers, and giant slides for children ages 2 to 12. A giant inflatable Kraken wrapped around a 26-foot-tall ship makes a great slide and provides deep-sea adventure for landlocked kids. A 16-foot Batman stands guard over the obstacle course, while five large playsets provide loads of bounceless entertainment. Grade-schoolers looking to book the perfect destination playdate can check out the Ella's Castle playhouse, complete with rock wall, wave slide, and tire swing. For an additional few dollars, miniature humans who prefer stationary entertainment can dominate in the arcade, leaving their adult counterparts free to recite the periodic table of elements backward in peace.
Hoyts Simsbury Cinemas enthralls cinephiles and periodic moviegoers alike with the latest Hollywood fare screened in Dolby Digital surround sound. A concessions stand nourishes viewers with delectable noshes, and the theater's stadium seating comfortably harbors audience members waiting their turn to give an acceptance speech for Best Movie Viewer. In addition to its usual cinematic offerings, Hoyts Simsbury Cinemas screens biweekly sensory-friendly showings––for families with youngsters affected by autism and sensory disorders––during which theater lights remain on, the volume is turned down, and patrons may opt to dance, sing, and hop throughout the film. Private showings for mothers and babies invite parents to enjoy movies without worrying that their child's clamor is bothering other audience members. Birthday-party packages treat celebrants to a movie-themed birthday area with a snack pack and helium balloon for each child, and private presentations or VHS support groups welcome up to 50 attendees.
As the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, the Rock Cats clubhouse is baseball's equivalent of an arboretum, blossoming in the summer with big-league-ready talent while nurturing future pros, a laundry list of baseball all-stars that has previously included Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, David Ortiz, and Torii Hunter. Following the frenetic lead of Rocky, a full roster of mascots entices eyes with various forms of family-friendly entertainment throughout each game. An extra dose of off-the-field entertainment can also be savored inside the ballpark's Fun Zone, where fans test their skills by smacking baseballs in a homerun derby, throwing fastballs with speed pitch, or swinging an oversize hot dog to prepare for the day when professional baseball decides all bats must be meat-based.
An endless amount of stories flicker across the screen at these cinemas, which offer stadium seating and digital sound. The theater plays films chosen from Hollywood’s newest releases, featuring stars just plucked from the vines where they grow in the California hills. Between whispered critiques of each preview, audience members can wash down fluffy kernels of popcorn with soda from the concession stand. The theater also opens its doors for birthday parties and large private screenings for up to 300 guests.