Though they lead classes for toddlers, children, and teenagers only, the staff at Eagle Ridge Gymnastics holds their facilities to Olympic standards. Inside the 15,000 square-foot studio, 22 experienced instructors guide boys and girls ages 6–15 toward mastery of an in-ground trampoline, two vault runways, six high and low beams, and a full-size spring tumble track. In a preschool area, they help toddlers explore child-sized bars, rings, and beams while pausing for interviews with toddler sports reporters.
From behind a lobby's floor-to-ceiling glass windows or on a mezzanine level, parents can watch as their offspring join in competitive and recreational classes, holiday camps, and summer camps. They can also join in during parent-tot gymnastics classes.
Though some participants choose to run and others to walk, everybody who participates in the Color Dash experiences a transformation. As participants make their way through the 5K Color Dash and UVSplash courses they are subjected to bursts of color; additional events include Zombies by Color Dash, which adds the undead to the equation. Though the color will wash away, the memories will remain forever in the minds of all participants who aren't goldfish. Proceeds from Color Dash events benefit local children's charities and organizations.
Within an hour, Battlefield New Mexico's personnel can transform any space—from a tiny backyard to 500-acre expanse—into an outdoor laser tag venue. Before the first bout, team commanders show players how to use their taggers and run through the rules of various gaming scenarios. During the fast-paced battles that follow, participants convene at team bases and duck for cover behind inflatable crates. Along with laser tag, Battlefield New Mexico staffers run rounds of water tag during the summer and enliven parties with a 20-foot wide inflatable movie screen and projector for film viewings or big-screen video game playing.
The seeds of Primal Athletics were sown in Baghdad in 2009, when head coach Adrian was introduced to the CrossFit practice. This was a guy whose regimen had consisted of bodybuilding and weight training with MMA variants, who voluntarily headed oversees as a private security contractor, and CrossFit left him challenged to the utmost?and hungry for more. Now, the team of trainers introduces this body-sculpting practice to athletes of all levels, offering CrossFit-based programs for ages three to adult.
At Edythe Glass Art, experienced art instructor Edythe Lewis teaches visitors to create their own fused-glass works of art. Students learn to melt two to six layers of glass together at temperatures up to 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit, discovering the history of fusing and dichroic glass in the process. In addition to her work with fusing, Lewis teaches classes in precious metal clay art and has work on display in galleries throughout the nation.