Matt Feeney and Joel Berman share a disability and a dream. Feeney broke his neck diving off a 100-foot cliff and Berman lost his ability to walk after a runaway flatcar hit him while laying rail tracks. Together they founded Adaptive Adventures to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through participation in sports and outdoor recreation. The organization runs progressive sports programs year-round for children, adults, and service members who have been severely injured in conflicts abroad. They cater to people with a wide range of disabilities, including spinal-cord injuries, amputations, and cerebral palsy. The programs help build confidence and social skills in participants who could not otherwise afford equipment, training, and travel for recreational sports.
Home to a gymnasium, an indoor track, and a stable of 63 sets of cardio equipment, Niles Family Fitness Center is a 5,000-square-foot sanctum of wellness. The child-friendly facility features a wide range of options for the younger set, from childcare services ($6 per child per visit) to the 100-foot waterslide in the aquatic center, ideal for launching intercontinental cannonballs. Besides access to the health haven's fields of equipment, membership benefits include unlimited group exercise classes such as yoga, core conditioning, and cardio dance, all taught by trainers with either national certifications or a master's degree in exercise physiology. Students in Body Flex use hand weights, bars, and exercise balls to develop a toned, strong body, whereas turbo kickers raise their heart rates with an intense combo of kickboxing and dance fitness. Locking lockers and towel service are also provided to members, as is access to the sauna and the whirlpool, where athletes and their perpetual broccoli companions can enjoy steamy relaxation.
Davison Road Inn's culinary architects satisfy rumbling stomachs by stacking a bevy of burgers, sandwiches, and a menu of other pub eats. Patrons perched at a tiled bar savor hand-carved, top-round roast beef folded into a Kimmelwick roll ($6.99) as cushy as a pillow filled with marshmallows, or juggle a Reuben with slow-cooked, thin-sliced corned beef ($7.99) between turns at darts or pool. Blue umbrellas dotting a pine-tree-lined patio shade the delivery of Davison Road Inn’s fresh half-pound burgers. The Emerald Isle-inspired patty, topped with Irish cheddar, arrives on a soft pretzel bun ($6.99), and the Bacon Blue burger's twists of applewood bacon and melted blue cheese ($6.99) choose to arrive traditionally in a palanquin carried by four waiters. The ears of Saturday-night diners feast on live music between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
In pubs across Ireland, the craic, which means enjoyable conversation and gossip, is everything. It's the same at The Curragh Irish Pub & Restaurant, with regular live music, Irish dancing, and live streaming of rugby and soccer matches from around the world. The Curragh's menu relies on its Irish ancestry, with traditional dishes such as corned beef and cabbage or chicken boxty. Beers follow suit, with dozens of Irish ales, including Smithwick's and Guinness, on tap. Whiskeys such as Jameson and Bushmills are also poured through tap-like spigots at the wood-paneled bar. In the summery months, The Curragh's patio radiates with warmth and conviviality, often humming with the cheer and snorted laughter of catered parties.
My Gym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6–8, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
The Capitol Steps performers draw upon 62 combined years of congressional staff experience for material in their political lampoons. The group, which has recorded 30 albums and puts on four broadcasts every year on NPR, will dish up rollicking numbers from their latest release, Liberal Shop of Horrors. No party or politician—from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, to the Tea Party and Sarah Palin—is spared from the cross-hairs of their razor-sharp satire. Exercise your laughing muscles as the group mocks social issues including prescription drugs and the wobbly economy.