The Little Gym fosters the healthy growth of children by allowing them to progress at their own pace in a nonthreatening, nurturing environment. As wee ones from 4 months to 12 years-old tackle challenges, overcome fears, and learn to confidently express their opinions about Platonic theory, The Little Gym's original music graces their ears and supports their lessons. The month includes four classes that let tots develop through weekly, age-specific curriculum, with programs including pre-school/kindergarten gymnastics, dance, sports-skills development, and karate.
Trotting across acres of lush greenery, the horses at Lake Tapps Equiventures do more than carry young equestrians across paddocks–they help kids achieve their riding dreams. Students can learn all aspects of English and Western riding or jumping as instructors track their riding progress in binders that list concrete goals for the future and provide a leger of past accomplishments. Over time, students earn points for personal achievements in their lessons and visits, which in turn earn them special recognition from the academy and one-on-one Q&A sessions with Black Beauty.
Shihan David has been studying martial arts for nearly 20 years. He brings his expertise and experience to Kiai Martial Arts, where his intimate classes for kids, teens, and adults cover both the physical and mental aspects required to learn karate. For warriors ready to put their skills to use, he oversees self-defense classes and sparring in safe and guided sessions. During pole fitness classes, she uses her spacious studio to teach students the moves and how to improvise using any nearby lampposts. Kiai also hosts zumba classes three days a week.
Owner and black-belt Donna Middendorf of Sumner Taekwondo Academy leads a team of instructors who share their expertise in Korean hand-to-hand combat with kids and adults. And while the classes spend time with the more martial aspects of the art, they're really not about fighting. For Donna and the team, Taekwondo promotes peace through learning self-respect and gaining confidence—it's the heart of the discipline. At the same time, the instructors help students hone their punching and kicking skills and they engage with their peers in safe, supervised sparring sessions and fully-padded staring contests.
With the peaks of Mount Rainier as their backdrop, and the babbling streams of the Puyallup River as their soundtrack, golfers can advance across the 18-hole championship course at High Cedars Golf Club with zero sense of urgency. Along the way, the property's 220 acres showcases a path of lush fairways, greens, and tees. Of course, time is often of the essence, so players hoping to squeeze in a quick round can try their luck on the club's 9-hole executive course. Extended visits still might be a necessity, though, since High Cedars also features a full-service restaurant and bar, as well as a 30-station driving range. PGA golf instructor Tad Davis is also available for lessons, encouraging players to improve their game without having to install a laser scope on their driver.
Championship Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total of 6,647 yards from the tips * Four tees per hole * Course rating of 70.9 * Course slope of 117 * Scorecard