Like a firm refusal to stop wearing footie pajamas, the Dynamic Kids Expo is a statement in support of childhood. There, under the roof of the Gwinnett Convention Center, youngsters squeal with glee while hopping across the moon bounce, having their face painted with butterflies, and laughing at the exaggerated antics of clowns. A fun zone stocked video games and Spa-Kidz pampering services can ease away the stresses of recess while parents investigate the goods and services of exhibitors. These vendors sling wares for any age group and take all shapes, from a mural artist to highchair-organizer manufacturers to speech therapists. Special guests making appearances include Esther Caspino, a news anchor and celebrity chef, Atlanta Falcon's mascot Freddie Falcon, and a youth dance ensemble that’s been featured on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Proceeds from the event benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
All American Skating Center's staff fills the rink with colorful lights and upbeat music during skating hours as gliders of all ages traverse the glossy rink in friction-defying wheels. Anyone can take to the floor during open-skate sessions, but only rollers 21 years and older can bob and weave to hip-hop and R&B tunes emanating from the speakers during Thursday night's Grown Folks Skate Jams. Otherwise, participants can hustle to classic dance tunes on disco night, glissade to uplifting numbers during gospel skate, or measure the diameter of the rink and divide by pi during geometry jam sessions.
Golf is a sport of physical precision and aerial dynamics—won and lost upon the pendulum of your swing. Honey Creek Golf Club's par-72 course features thousands of yards of greenery designed to challenge everyone from first-time clubbers to full-time swingers. The scrupulously maintained course's scenic fairways, challenging slopes, and TifEagle Bermuda greens require patience and an arsenal of shots to conquer. To help carry the burden of lugging around a golf bag filled with iron, wood, and Ziploc bags full of lead dental fillings, Honey Creek Golf Club will let you borrow a motorized cart from its stable of purebred golf carts. Call in advance to schedule your tee time.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.