Harlem Globetrotters Playing Three-on-Five
Since forming in the 1920s, the Harlem Globetrotters have continued to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2014 tour, a rotating [roster](http://gr.pn/PHdb6w) of Globetrotter favorites?including three female players?takes to the hardwood each game. Spectators might spot veteran guard [TNT](http://gr.pn/rOe0P4) sharing a behind-the-back pass with dunker [Quake](http://gr.pn/QTIGVh), whose high jump once cleared 7 feet, cruelly dashing his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Globetrotters might also present a study in contrasts with 5-foot-2 [Too Tall](http://gr.pn/PHdmPh) and 7-foot-4 [Stretch](http://gr.pn/1dYrbUt), the team?s tallest member. During each Globetrotters game, youngsters laugh along and witness the jovial jocks performing classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti. To infuse their visits with an extra shot of unpredictability, the Globetrotters also let fans in each city vote on special rules for every game; past rules have included the use of a four-point shot and the installation of a penalty box. Over the years, similar antics have followed the Globetrotters around the world, including to 122 countries and territories and all six continents on which basketballs grow naturally. The Globetrotters? extensive travels haven?t gone unnoticed: they?re one of the few teams to earn a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as ambassadors of the sport.
Fun is weatherproof at Urban Jungle Fun Park, where guests play indoors on seven gigantic attractions. What's more, the park doesn't discriminate by age?there are thrills for toddlers as well as teens, young adults, and adults.
Don't Miss: the 26-foot-tall play structure with a 12-level network of tunnels and strap-netting, as well as three twisting tube slides
Toddlers: zoom down a pint-sized slide or dunk on a miniature basketball hoop in the soft-play area
Elementary-Age Kids: pretend to be Spiderman or a really large spider as they scale the surface of a 26-foot-tall skyscraper, complete with an auto-belay system that keeps them aloft
Teenagers: gather on Friday nights, when the park recruits a DJ and transforms into an LED-lit dance club called iL?MN8
Parents: stretch out on the leather banquettes in several lounges, each equipped with free wi-fi and charging stations
Pro Tip: during busy days, smaller kids might have to wait for a group of similarly sized playmates to jump on the 2,000-square-foot trampoline court
Equipment: TRX, kettlebells, free weights, heavy bags, grappling mats, MMA cage, mitts
Students Should Bring: Comfortable workout clothes
Average Class Length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class Location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Leila Parello has been teaching ballet for more than 40 years. At The School of Ballet Arts, which Leila founded in 1974, she and her team of professional instructors cultivate a noncompetitive environment in which students can learn the joy of dance through the lens of classical ballet. They teach proper ballet technique, pointe, classical variations, stretch, and jazz, culminating in a well-rounded curriculum for dancers of all ages and skill levels.
Larisse Robinson, a passionate paint-slinger since childhood, shepherds developing daubers ages 5 and older in intimate art classes capped at six to eight students. In each pastel class, pullulating painters of all skill levels will learn the ins and outs of bedecking paper with pastels (supplies included) to create prismatic renditions of animals or posed cornucopias worthy of world-class fridge galleries.
The SoCal Jetovator does exactly what jetpacks and elevators do: it goes up. Only this high-tech contraption relies on a trio of hydro-propulsion nozzles to rocket users to heights of up to 40 feet. Pilots hover above the water and use controls to move and perform tricks. Introductory flights with certified instructors ensure users get the hang of those controls under proper supervision, equipping them with the skills and water wings to advance to higher levels of training and certification courses.