For more than 30 years, Precision Tune Auto Care has helped vehicles of all sorts run smoothly with an array of maintenance and auto-repair services. Fully trained mechanics whet engine appetites with an oil change ($29.90), then rotate and balance tires to ensure an even distribution of wear and tear, bringing inner balance to troubled rubber rollers ($59.80). A windshield-wiper replacement maintains driver visibility throughout the coming weather-filled months ($24.90), and a brake inspection ($19.90) safeguards against inconvenient malfunctions during no-holds-barred drag races down by the old nuclear power plant.
As the name suggests, Just Cruzin Productions specializes in events with a lot of horsepower. Guests browse more than 1,000 hot rods and classic cars at The Classic at Pismo Beach, an annual show that has been drawing droves of auto enthusiasts to central California for almost three decades. Its expertly maintained autos on display are in mint condition—they're judged based on areas from their interiors to their engine compartments, as well as on the owner's overall attention to detail, making it hard to win just by taping cardboard cutouts of a Corvette to a wagon. But the company also produces other major open-air shindigs, such as The Wagon Wheel Country Music Festival.
What unites its large portfolio of events is a passion for charitable giving. Through the Just Cruzin’ Life Foundation, it's directed millions of dollars in event proceeds to organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, and the Jerry L. Pettis Loma Linda Veterans Hospital.
It seems impossible enough to present the public with just one prehistoric beast. Wonder of Dinosaurs, however, is home to more than 100 museum-quality dinosaurs. The traveling exhibition displays a legion of realistic dinosaur replicas and robots that guests can explore at their leisure on self-guided tours. The experience is just as educational as it is enthralling, with scientific facts posted next to each dinosaur that describe its size and lifestyle.
Visitors also engage in activities. These include leaping on bouncy dinosaur inflatables, playing rounds of miniature golf, and panning for gemstones and fossils in a sluice. During dinosaur rides, guests can even sit atop a robotic dinosaur.
The colorful tap room at Wild Donkey Brewing Co. is a hub for socializing. Sometimes that's due to scheduled parties and other events, or perhaps it's simply because of the beer. The Redlands craft brewery prepares nine year-round and two seasonal brews, each of which is served on-site from a row of wall-mounted taps. The selection includes a hefeweizen brewed with lemon and peppers, a black IPA stuffed with citrusy hops, and an American-style stout brewed with whiskey. Every beer is also available in a keg, and can be poured into growlers or plastic-lined pockets to go.
My Gym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level (starting as young as 6 months) and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6–9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
At the recently opened SkyTown Trampoline Park, kids and adults find plenty of ways to burn off excess energy in a clean, safe environment. Jumpers ricochet off various padded surfaces, including the very walls themselves. A rebound might send them hurtling toward a cushy foam pit or a basketball hoop poised for a perfect slam dunk. Youngsters can also exercise their throwing arms on the dodgeball court, and wee ones who are too small for the main court find their own fun in the tamer Jump-A-Roo area.
Because the trampoline-filled center is a part of Splash Kingdom water park, kids are only a few steps away from go-karts, mini golf, and bumper boats; water slides and other aquatic attractions keep things cool during the summer months. While tots refuel with pizza, adults can head to the Upper Deck Sports Lounge to count their favorite quarterback's pores on one of five massive 15-foot high-definition projection screens.