The crowd stands gaping as the young boy runs up the wall, bounces off of it, and flips gracefully onto the floor. Before they can applaud his agility, he backflips his way across the floor as though gravity is nothing but a suggestion. It is the walls and floors at Sky High Sports that grant this young daredevil a bounce-laden surface upon which to show off his aerial feats. Nestled within a 45,000-square-foot facility, the trampoline zone at Sky High Sports beckons jumpers of all ages to burn off steam and energy.
Along with the floor-to-wall-to-floor trampolines, the facility keeps appetites for adventure sated with a cushy sports-foam pit to jump or swing into, as well as a private trampoline court that can be rented out for events, such as birthday parties or reenactments of favorite birthday parties. Young would-be kangaroos aged 8 or younger can zip around the kid zone for age-appropriate bouncing. In-house dodge-ball games transform the gym-class standard into a fast-paced bounce fest, and seasoned instructors helm Airobics classes featuring trampoline-centric moves to torch calories. An onsite snack bar and Perky's Pizza stave off mid-jumping stomach growls, and an adult lounge equipped with plasma TVs and complimentary WiFi serves as a haven for parents to unwind as their progeny plays.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10.98 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.79 value).
For accuracy, the sneaker experts at Fleet Feet Sports prefer to measure a client’s shoe size multiple times. However, size isn’t the only metric they use to match patrons with suitable shoes. Before pairing them with athletic sneakers from Nike, Asics, and other top brands, the team considers their clients’ foot shape and watches them walk barefoot to evaluate their gait and whether they are hobbits. With their rigorous sneaker fittings and optional insoles, the team strives to build a solid, comfortable foundation for athletes of all experience levels.
To complement their array of footwear, the shop also stocks a comprehensive battery of athletic gear, with a special focus on technical apparel that wicks away moisture during workouts without relying on bulky built-in hair dryers. Nutrition guidance and products bolster the workout supplies, as do special events that include an injury-prevention clinic and weekly group runs.
From its outpost just off Big Bear Lake's south shore, Massive Snowboards supplies peak-destined skiers and snowboarders with the gear they need to get down the area's slopes. The shop has been a Big Bear mainstay since 1999, a long tenure in the competitive on-mountain ski- and snowboard-gear-rental game. It attributes its run of success to a combination of knowledgeable salespeople and a deep selection of boards for rent. Mountaineers can also stop in the shop to purchase new gear from brands such as Dakine, Ride, Spy, and Giro.
The clatter of toppling pins resounds through the walls of the 89 locations of Bowling Centers of Southern California, which are scattered across Southern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Each alley abounds with modern lanes and equipment, and many boast concession stands, lounges, and game rooms. The family-friendly centers host regular public bowling sessions and league tournaments. Many of the centers also host private birthday parties, which science has proven to be more fun than birthday parties covered by the paparazzi.
Equipment crafted by companies including K2, Rossignol, and Burton lines the walls of Goldsmith's Boardhouse & Ski Rental, where experienced staffers help snow explorers to hit the slopes in style. Snowboarders and skiers on their way to carve up nearby Snow Summit, Big Bear Mountain, or a local mall Santa display swing by Goldsmith's to pick up gleaming new gear or all-inclusive rental packages that fit feet with cushy boots before outfitting riders with a snowboard replete with bindings or skis paired with poles.