In a colorful gym filled with swings, slides, climbing nets, and trampolines, We Rock the Spectrum provides a nurturing and fun environment for children across the autism spectrum. The nonprofit's approach to special education is individualized, outcome-oriented, and inclusive—it isn't segregated or remedial. These principles add up to a safe place for kids to build self-esteem at the same time that they're strengthening muscles, enhancing sensory processing, and having fun.
A stress-shedding family-friendly sport for splatter soldiers of all types and stripes, paintball grants its combatants the perfect backdrop for one-on-one duels or group-oriented maneuvers. Spread out your tickets over six solo sessions, or round up five friends, coworkers, or NBA starters for a fast-paced adrenaline-fueled jaunt across unique indoor and outdoor terrains that can include pastoral fields and themed villages. Each trek arms guests with a battle mask and goggles, semiautomatic paintball marker, hopper and tanker, and orientation that lays out the rules, safety precautions, and the symbolism behind to Jackson Pollack’s early work.
Moonwalk. Bounce house. Jumpy thing. The cushy structures that frequent kids' parties and indoor fun centers go by many names, but they're all synonymous with one word: fun. That's what Awesome Bounce! brings to the pintsize guests of any event, with an inventory of moonbounces—the company’s preferred term—featuring kid-friendly themes such as pirates, Dora the Explorer, Disney princesses, and tax season. The bounce houses vary from basic bouncers to combo units equipped with novel additions such as slides, tunnels, basketball hoops, and cushy ladders.
Awesome Bounce! staffers deliver, set up, and tear down its inflatable playgrounds for each event, allowing supervising adults to tend to other party responsibilities. To further foment festive fun, Awesome Bounce! also offers water slides, carnival games, and extras such as hot-dog grills, popcorn machines, and court jesters beamed in from the Middle Ages.
For more than three decades, locally owned Spectrum Athletic Clubs have aimed to create a resort-like experience for patrons with upscale perks and personalized care. After workouts, gym-goers can avail themselves of unlimited towel service and change in comfortable locker rooms. Other amenities include saunas, steam rooms, healthy cafes, specialized workout areas, and complimentary Internet access.
In addition, racquetball courts let athletes improve their game independently, and patrons can sweat solo on cardiovascular equipment with individual viewing screens. Group classes, more than 1,200 of which are held daily, include Zumba, Pilates, Body Combat, and CXWorx sessions and enable trainees to draw motivation from each other or from each exercise studio's complimentary tank of moxie. The Spectrum Kids Club gives kids a place to play while adults work out and hosts such events as pool parties and pizza parties throughout the year.
If your feet can do it, Encore Dance Fitness will teach it. The studio’s vast range of classes includes everything from partnerless ballroom dancing to vertical ballet, where participants shimmy up poles while keeping their toes pointed. In addition to teaching cardio and traditional dance styles, instructors lead Pilates and yoga sessions as well as specialty classes including aerial movement with silks and trapezes.
If you’re looking to improve your balance, you can attend high-energy West African dance and meditative yoga classes, with occasional breaks for twirling in an aerial hoop. To work up a sweat, there are 15 different cardio dance classes to choose from. They cover everything from belly dancing to iconic choreography from movies, television, and that dream where you perform a dance-off with zombies. For women who want to work out with children in tow, Encore offers children’s dance classes, childcare, and a homework club.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.