Against a backdrop of lime-green walls and painted murals of palm trees, monkeys, and children at play, sock-footed youths scale the collection of inflatable structures that fill Jump Oasis's massive playroom. Leaping is the chief activity at Jump Oasis, where kids aged 1–16 bound about vibrantly colored bounce houses and shoot down 18-foot slides as monitors ensure safe play. At a stage area flanked by black walls, children bust moves playing Wii dance games and churn out pop music while crooning along to more than 300 karaoke songs to serenade parents as an apology for forgetting their anniversary. Every other Friday night, the playground is open to preteens aged 8–12, who dance to a DJ's tunes or compete in games of Just Dance 2 under the glow of disco lights. Parents keep an eye on their kids while also keeping track of sports scores as they recline on the leather couch surrounding a big-screen television in the playroom. Nearby, foam flooring pads an area exclusively for toddlers, where they can crawl and babble far away from prying ears trying desperately to decode baby talk.
Fitness 19's founders launched their first family-oriented gyms in 2003, hoping to splash the exercising experience with local flavor and familiarity. At each of seven Georgia locations, Life Fitness cardio machines—including treadmills and ellipticals—unite with strength-training machines and free weights to help members to build leaner physiques as certified personal trainers patrol the deep-red-carpeted workout area. The expert staff can also guide clients through yoga-, martial-arts, and weight-loss-centric personal-training sessions. Every location also hosts a kids' room, where youngsters can craft macaroni kettlebells under the supervision of a full-time staff member.
The Archery Learning Center arms bow masters of all skill and experience levels with the training they need to pierce the air. Along with hosting tournaments and outfitting its shop with the latest hunting and recreational bows, the indoor range lines its walls with fresh targets. Since its early days, when medieval archers shot arrows from the castle parapets to direct lost caravans to the village, archery has fostered focus, concentration, and the spirit of competition in people of all ages, from young kids to adults.
Besides the massive driving range in Washington, D.C.'s National Mall, very few golf courses give players the chance to play in the presence of a historical monument. Stone Mountain Golf Club, however, is one such course, thanks to its home within the famous Stone Mountain Park. As players play rounds on the club's two 18-hole golf courses?named the Lakemont and the Stonemont?stone reliefs of Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson hover in the distance above the park's massive lake, frozen in a permanent march into battle.
Though it's common for players to find themselves awing at this massive carving?noted as the largest bas-relief in the world?more immediate concerns can be found at their feet. On the Stonemont Course, a 1969 work by famed architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., players must focus on accuracy and course management as they string their golf balls down fairways lined by Georgia pines. On the shorter, less difficult, and more recently built Lakemont Course, the lake is a major factor on the front nine. This is where it dramatically affects play on five of the first six holes, though it eventually gives way to rocky outcroppings as the back nine's chief concerns.
Stonemont Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,863 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 132 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
Lakemont Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,444 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 134 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
It's impossible to pick out Debbie Miller-Palmore's most impressive feat as a basketball player. She has played in the Olympics. She was an All-American during her time at Boston University, and still holds school records in everything from rebounding to steals. The mayor of Boston was impressed enough with her play to name January 31st "Debbie Miller-Palmore Day."
In her Top of the Key program, Miller-Palmore helps young athletes ascend towards her level with a variety of camps and clinics. Open to ages 9-18, her training sessions blend on-the-court practice with weight lifting, agility drills, and mental conditioning, which helps players stay focused throughout each game's mandatory second-quarter confetti shower. Another asset to young players? Miller-Palmore's picture book, Play with H.E.A.R.T., about maintaining your confidence on the court.
Master Gunman houses an indoor firearms range.
Rentals include handguns in various calibers, such as 9 millimeter, .40, and .22LR. Ear and eye protection is also available.
Look to the end of Master Gunman's range, and you'll see a lot more than the traditional bullseye. The range staff here also hands out targets in themes such as zombies?which adds a bit of entertainment to regular range visits or special events (the range can be rented). The staff also helps customers sign up for firearms classes run by experienced instructors.