While adults handle all of The Center @ 862's fundraising and fiscal management, the planning and promotion of events is up to a board of teens. The teens have thrown events including DJ parties, live-music nights, and video-game tournaments. Another such event: Mayhem Haunted House, the latest iteration of their yearly yelp-fest, partnered with Fright Room Productions, a cadre of scare experts who transform Supply Field into a deserted mansion that's maybe not so deserted after all. Thrills wait around every corner as patrons?and, if they're younger than 10, their parents?risk an encounter with ghosts, zombies, and ravenous monsters.
On off nights, the center accommodates teens from eighth graders through high schoolers as they play games of pool and pinball or snack on paninis and smoothies. Along with leisure activities, the center?s board schedules educational sessions such as practice SAT and ACT tests or babysitter training workshops, in which students learn bedtime-story alternatives to reading their algebra tests aloud.
Tall trees and flourishing hedges surround the pools and tennis courts at Maplewood Swim and Tennis Club, tossing healthy amounts of shade onto lounge areas while also adding to the club's private atmosphere. For more than 50 years, the member-owned club has helped families fill warm and restless summer days with one full sized pool with a slide, a kiddie pool, four tennis courts, and a basketball court with a snack bar and and plenty of organized kid-themed activities. The clubhouse hosts ample storage space for chairs and pool rafts, in addition to a supply of board games and books. Each weekend, Maplewood's tennis pro visits the deco-turf courts to provide private and semiprivate lessons on how to improve tennis techniques and make games of fetch more interesting to all skill levels, from the youngest player to the professional level.
In overseeing both individual and team activities, the expert coaching staff at Super Soccer Stars aim to accomplish two goals in each of their programs. The first, naturally, is to help kids as young as 2.5 build soccer skills, which they develop in camps, after-school programs, and targeted workshops for goaltenders. But it's second goal that proves the most important: to build self-confidence and instill a sense of teamwork. To do this, coaches maintain a noncompetitive environment with positive reinforcement and low child-to-coach ratios.
Greenburgh Nature Center boasts approximately 33 acres of woodland preserve teeming with trails and gardens, attracting more than 70,000 nature lovers each year. Animal enthusiasts can investigate the indoor live-animal museum and its more than 100 specimens, and knowledgeholics can binge on the center's continuing research on American eels, waterfowls, eastern screech owls, and flatworms. Outdoor animal displays abound with creatures such as prairie dogs and rabbits. The upcoming exhibit The Way of Water follows the progression of Westchester's watersheds and includes live aquatic animals such as the invisible mermaid.
At CrossFit Valkyrie, coaches guide exercisers through functional-fitness workouts that help clients better perform everyday tasks. Their program melds exercise with proper nutrition and commitment, which together can spur individuals of all fitness levels to get in the best shape of their lives.
The exercise part of the equation involves an ever-changing roster of movements, which staves off boredom and keeps muscles from spasming just to entertain themselves. Each Workout of the Day relies on everything from weightlifting and kettlebell movements to gymnastics and cardio exercises to tone muscles and whittle waistlines.
Since 1973, Susan Marlowe Fitness has been passionate about promoting wellness and sustainability for women through cutting-edge fitness programs and nutrition guidance. Designed for women by women, the fitness club's classes include yoga, Zumba, boot camp, and the Iso-Towel, which uses isometrics to engage muscle groups and burn fat in sacrificial sweat rituals. In addition to trimming and toning bodies in fitness classes, Susan Marlowe Fitness's experienced instructors are available for nutrition guidance, which ranges from helping clients develop custom meal plans to doling out juice cleanses and healthful supplements. The eco-chic fitness center is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, a full locker room, childcare services, and a Swedish sauna that is sworn to neutrality during towel-snapping battles.