Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arena bounces socked striplings high off the ground with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Trained, amiable staffers supervise fun-filled visits where parents can leap around with their kids through gargantuan, air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an air-filled obstacle course. Attendees can also focus their free play for special events, such as custom birthday parties and themed, private team parties. These themed soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. The giant arena is climate-controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by the well-trained staff and local police. Supplementing its thorough rule enforcement with expert installation and anchoring, Pump It Up holds itself to strict safety standards.
Lots of young girls play with toy ponies; Clarissa Czuprynski got to interact with the real thing. The Prestige Equine head trainer began showing and training horses when she was 12 years old. Since then, she has developed a specialty in working with young horses, especially ones young enough to believe they can be one of Santa's reindeer.
With Prestige Equine, she’s teamed up with barn staffers Shelby North and Samantha Draper to offer training and showing services for all horse breeds. The trio regularly competes in Western and English events, such as AQHA and APHA breed shows, a practice that keeps them sharp for the group and private horse-riding lessons they lead. These lessons take place on experienced lesson horses at a facility that features sand and dirt arenas, a round pen, a track, an onsite veterinarian's office, and 60 box stalls for boarding.
From the peaceful oasis of Camulos Farm—located on an 1,800-acre stretch of North County, San Diego—Sara Crafts dispenses equine knowledge amassed over a 40-year career to students ranging from novices to elite show riders. The facility boasts riding spaces surrounded by palm trees and flower bushes, set against views of rolling hills. During lessons, instructors review horsemanship principles, English and Western riding techniques, and safety measures, such as wearing a helmet and teaching horses not to play with matches. The farm also offers summer camps that provide kids with a comprehensive equine education and teach them about career options in the equestrian field.