With a history stretching back more than 40 years, Circus Vargas wows audiences with dazzling acrobatics and rib-tickling clowns under a giant big-top tent. The show eschews animal performers for human-costumed spectacles, showcasing dazzling feats that only a few dexterous humans and short-circuited cyborgs are capable of. The circus's big top, hand-fashioned in Milan from 90,000 square feet of fabric, holds up to 1,500 show-goers in classic, blue-dyed elegance. Early-arriving guests can take part in an interactive preshow, jumping in the ring with ringmaster Jon Weiss as he leads audience members through tutorials that show how to perform stunts such as juggling, feather balancing, and balancing checkbooks with quill pens.
At Kearny Mesa Bowl, groups of players demonstrate their underhand accuracy before crooning hits at the onsite karaoke bar. The alley hosts open hours throughout the week, along with league opportunities for men, women, and children. Lightweight bowling balls are available for kiddies or adults whose arms are tired from bouts of underground gorilla arm wrestling. After open sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings, Kearny Mesa Bowl enlivens its space with the music and flashing lights of Rock 'n' Bowl. The alley also boasts an arcade, café, and full-service bar, where guests can exercise their vocal cords during weekend karaoke sessions.
For more than 34 years, San Diego Ice Arena has hosted weekly public skating sessions on their indoor rink including mascot-led games for kids, teen nights full of pop music and disco lights, and adults-only events scored to hits from the ‘80s and ‘90s. During classes, coaches give skaters individualized attention, guiding them through the basics or teaching them complex jumps that could help them leap over Lego buildings in a single bound. Figure skaters can also hone their skills during private lessons or freestyle sessions, while hockey players race after pucks during in-house league games, adult pick-up sessions, or private youth lessons.
San Diego Ice Arena’s pro shop stocks plenty of hockey and figure-skating gear, and skaters can also bring in their skates for a variety of maintenance services including skate sharpening, skate stretching, and blade repair.
Sky High Sports emancipates kids and adults from the laws of gravity with each jump, twist, or backflip their trampolines aid. The yellow-and-black play space features a spring-loaded frame that provides more give to jumpers, with all frames and springs covered by 2-inch-thick safety pads. To take full advantage of its unique space, Sky High hosts springy and elevated games of dodge ball as well as Airobics, a low-impact, fat-burning workout class that helps improve balance and coordination. Pintsize gymnasts can take refuge in a specially designed kid zone and use a rope swing to plunge into the foam pit while they brainstorm nicknames for their pro-wrestling career.
When drivers are whipping around the four hairpin turns at Miramar Speed Circuit and accelerating up to 40 miles per hour down the straightaways, it suddenly seems obvious that professional racers designed the layout. Both the quarter-mile, indoor, asphalt track and the soft tires of the go-karts wear a specialized sealant that helps eliminate the need for brakes when drivers are taking corners at high speeds. The mini vehicles also feature 6.5-horsepower, gas-powered Honda engines and electronic lap timers that allow drivers to survey their personal bests and determine how long it would take to drive to Australia. Safety is of the utmost concern, which is why a track manager and several marshals monitor each race, and why the course boasts bright blue and yellow protection barriers.
For guests seeking off-the-track thrills, a 5,000-square-foot laser-tag maze pits teams against one another on a foggy, obstacle-filled battleground. The facility also hosts parties and corporate events, hones driving skills with private lessons, and gives back to many charitable organizations within the community.
At Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics, girls learn more than the graceful, expressive sport of rhythmic gymnastics—they also glean life skills and values that will help them flourish into adulthood. As they master the enchanting routines—twirling ribbons, spinning hoops, and tossing balls—they develop a sense of discipline and determination. Simultaneously, girls increase their strength, balance, and flexibility, which can help them gracefully leap over a precariously placed banana peel. The team of dedicated instructors, which includes professional rhythmic gymnastics coaches, leads girls as young as 1.5 years old in experimenting with movement and rhythm, as well as those ready to dominate opponents on the competitive level.