Though people come to Brickhouse Cardio Club for the heart-pumping workouts, they stay for the irresistible international rhythms. Zumba tends to have that effect, ensnaring exercisers with its Latin choreography and dance-party vibe. The floors at the Oceanside club pulse with 11 Zumba sessions every week, along with energetic Brickhouse Burn toning and sculpting classes and invigorating yoga sessions. The club also hosts Bokwa sessions, embracing the new workout system that finds students tracing the shapes of numbers and letters during dance-like sessions set to booty-shaking beats. Since its inception, Brickhouse has blossomed into a franchise, expanding into 25 locations with new sites recently opened in the United Kingdom, where it hopes to supplant aerobic chimney sweeping. No matter the location, each club hosts its signature workouts in pared-down studios with the franchise’s familiar electric-blue and neon-green walls surrounding a stage.
From the colorful rides to an on-site candy store, Lollipop Park lets visitors of all ages escape into a whimsical wonderland. Go-karts let drivers hone their turns on a winding track, while a carousel taps into the imagination of kids and adults, perfectly encapsulating both the gallop of horse and the aimlessness of one's 20s. Other family-friendly activities include a mini-golf course, a hall of fun mirrors, and train rides along the sparkling waters of Lake Arrowhead.
Combatants duel in epic, color-filled skirmishes to conquer one of 12 expansive, themed fields designed to resemble a Wild West thoroughfare, dinosaur-infested ruins, the Amazon, and other environments. After suiting up in masks designed to protect faces from paint-filled orbs and rogue plastic surgeons, soldiers spray opponents with water-soluble pellets from behind authentic military vehicles and terrain-based obstacles during an all-day series of approximately 20-minute games. Participants take cover behind buses and cars on the city field before trekking to the outback area's foxholes and mountainous terrain to stealthily splatter enemies. Competitors at the trench field meander through a dugout labyrinth, combining the fighting style of WWI soldiers with the painting style of WWI expressionists. The park is open on Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday nights.
In the quiet, northern end of San Diego County lies the lush, green gem of Wild Wonders, Inc., a multipurpose facility that celebrates California's natural beauty and maintains artificial habitats for more than 150 exotic animals. The staff calls their charges "animal ambassadors," conditioning and training each of them to serve in close, educational encounters with wildlife enthusiasts of all ages. Through their Zoo Camp program, educators give kids a chance try their hand at zoo keeping, including rare opportunities to help feed, clean, and care for the animal ambassadors during intimate interactions.
The onsite staff obtained the park's residents—many of which were deemed non-releasable native wildlife—from other educational facilities as well as more dangerous reaches, such as lands riddled by the illegal pet trade. Resident wonders include big-eared foxes, armored armadillos, giant centipedes, and talkative african gray parrots.
Anytime Fitness's 24-hour workout haven houses a full complement of strength and cardio equipment, including kettlebells and spinning bikes, along with classes, wellness programs, and a helpful team of personal trainers. Though not available around the clock, trainers do staff the gym seven days a week, providing clients ample time for one-on-one training sessions, synchronized muscle flexing, or general fitness advice. Workout tips can also be gleaned from Anytime Fitness's online resource center, Anytime Health, which helps boost members’ well-being with nutritional guidance, activity trackers, and other a variety of other tools.