My Petting Zoo LLC offers children and adults alike the chance to interact with a variety of gentle animals. Miniature goats, a mini horse, and a pony named Riley cavort among rabbits, chickens, ducks, and potbellied pigs. Customers are welcome to visit the animals at a farm, or request a mobile visit that brings the animals to parties, events, schools, or homes.
At RoxStar Fitness, the choreographer, performer, and Pilates guru Natasha Brown transforms dance routines into high-energy workouts where women can have fun while getting in shape. She pulls dance moves from many genres?rock, pop, hip-hop, swing, and more?and ties them together in RoxStar?s calorie-torching classes. Besides providing a good workout, Natasha shares dance tips that students can put to good use while busting moves at a wedding or in the background of a White House press briefing. Clients can supplement spirited dance classes with flexibility- and strength-building sessions of yoga and Pilates, as well as one-on-one personal-training programs.
For 36 years, the Desert Foothills Theater has cast adult and youth actors in beloved classic plays and musicals, obtaining 32 ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence nominations and winning five awards in the 2010–11 season. In a colorful, orchestrated production of Broadway mainstay The Music Man, curtains rise on the arrival of traveling salesman Professor Harold Hill in River City, Iowa. Like most towns, River City is perfect except for its lack of a children's marching band, and Harold smooth-talks townsfolk into buying instruments and uniforms for a band, promising to coach the youths himself though he has no musical knowledge. The lovely but stern local librarian, Marian, throws a wrench in his plans, feels guilty for hurling a blunt object, and falls in love with Harold, complicating his seamless scheme. The Cactus Shadows High School jazz band joins actors in a jubilant soundtrack brimming with classics such as “76 Trombones,” ”'Til There Was You,” and ”Pickalittle.” Outfitted in turn-of-the-century costumes and cast with a delightful mix of adults and authentic children, the play fills the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center's intimate auditorium with vivacious energy.
"I'm bored!" is probably the most common phrase uttered by children out of school for the summer. Even inundated with an abundance of toys, games, and technology, kids still want more. Instead of getting them yet another magical centaur, parents can keep their offspring occupied with one of Arizona Summer Camps's diversions. The camp teams up with a variety of local businesses to present a diverse array of summer camps to engage the minds and bodies of youths. The quality of instruction is top-notch, and the student-to-teacher ratios are kept low.
Kids can expand their horizons with science-driven experimentation in fields such as robotics or computer gaming, or break a sweat and a few boards in one of several martial-arts camps. Gymnastics camps bolster coordination and strength in wee ones.
A trainer of both equestrians and their mounts—as well as an established rider himself—John Elliott's specialty lies with statuesque Arabians and show horses. Working with riders as young as six, Elliott not only teaches the fundamentals of English riding, he instills a sense of responsibility and self-esteem in each of his students. Both group and private riding lessons are available, as well as training for young horses who have yet to learn the discipline of taking out the trash.