The kinetic clashing of metal clubs and tiny orbs serenades guests as they enter The Quantum Golf & Vibrafit Studio’s indoor facility, where golfers recess for year-round, muscle-building fun. The Vibrafit studio jumpstarts sleepy systems with full-body vibration that activates muscles in an alternating pattern, which tones abs without tearing joints or fusing all muscles together into a single flexed bicep. Guests strap themselves into the oscillating machine, adjusting amplitude and motion before beginning to develop stronger, more flexible muscles. During private lessons, instructors scrutinize swings to develop customized advice and lesson plans. Expert staffers further hone nascent skills with numerous high-tech devices, including a virtual golf simulator and the Tomi putting-analysis system, which harnesses laser technology to measure eight different putting parameters and the varying cuteness of dimples on every golf ball.
Teams at Sniper Paintball would do well to consider their tactics before heading onto the fields, as each comes with its own set of strategic difficulties and opportunities. Take, for instance, Tyranny Castle, a 15,000-square-foot stronghold surrounded by a towering outer wall. To storm the front would end in a definite splattering, as the entrance forms a chokepoint directly in the crosshairs of those hiding in the castle’s sniper tower. However, the field is surrounded on all sides by trenches and bunkers that, if properly used, could turn the seemingly impenetrable fortress into a pressure cooker for the defenders. This strategic importance extends to the sparse shacks and cars of Peasantville, the close-quarters hallways of the indoor field, and the geometric cover and giant spools on the speedball field.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln workers help glaze, fire, and de-genie it for them, and they may retrieve the finished piece after a few days.
Vivid, cartoon-style illustrations cover the walls of the four theme party rooms at Kidz Quarterz, where sea animals look out from deep blue depths and woodland creatures peer around trees. However, partygoers don’t spend all their time in these rooms; instead they roam throughout the indoor facility, careening down a slide or crawling through tunnels. They hone hand-eye coordination with classic games in the arcade, where they earn tickets to trade in for prizes or to sew together to make a quilt. Toddlers play safely in their own exclusive soft-surface area, and families can refuel in the restaurant.
Like the athletes they coach on beams and pommel horses, Salto Gymnastics' experienced instructors follow a balanced approach in their classes. They bolster students' physical abilities through progressing classes that build muscle, coordination, and technique, while also showing them how to set goals for themselves and train safely. With their national program, they prepare gymnasts for the rigors of large-scale competition, such as maintaining perfect form during the floor routine portion of tournaments or job interviews, and preschool-age classes help growing children fine tune basic coordination and interact with others.
With the Edmonton skyline stretched across the horizon, players scurry past tall pine trees and stone retaining walls as they conquer the nine-hole course at Sherwood Golf & Country Club. The 3,136-yard layout combines challenge and charm with a creek that intertwines throughout the course and a waterfall that sends water crashing earthward, creating a prime opportunity for a between-holes shower. Players that manage to keep their shots dry may not be out of trouble, as glimmering white silica-sand bunkers stand as stoic beaches around slick bentgrass greens. The par 36 design ends with back-to-back par 5s, the last measuring just 473 yards, giving golfers a chance to end their round with a birdie or golf-cart barrel roll before heading in to have a beer at the clubhouse.