Whether Big Air Aviation's students are first-time fliers or seasoned jumbo-jet pilots, they all start in the same spot: the passenger seat of Cessna 152 Sparrowhawk. Starting off behind the yoke of the small, light aircraft presents a completely different flying experience from a 747 at an airport. “A commercial jet is like a cattle prod,” says Rob Craig, the founder of Big Air Aviation. “But this thing—you can go wherever you want to go.” Once student and teacher have ascended into the clouds, the student gets the chance to chart an individual course over the green foothills of Rutherford County, speeding over treetops or slowing down to high-five hot air balloon captains.
Rob says introductory lessons are brief: an overview of measurement instruments, controls, and rotor petals is enough to equip students for a brief flight. It’s this accessibility that proves the Cessna 152 Sparrowhawk’s biggest draw, and over the years, Rob has watched many of his former students transform what began as a hobby into a full-time career.
Disney's Emmy Award–winning Imagination Movers will perform their In a Big Warehouse concert in the grand interior of the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, playing their most popular songs and bringing the magic of their eponymous TV series to life. The popular New Orleans–based rock band bridges all generation gaps with fun and educational songs chock-full of memorable melodies and bounding rhythms, fueling long van drives and pre-nap trips the club. With an extravagant set and ecstatic energy, the Imagination Movers give a performance that gets audiences dancing, clapping, and singing along, with guest appearances from Playhouse Disney favorites Choo Choo Soul, Nina, and Warehouse Mouse.
The Glendale Outdoor Leadership School instills newfound respect for nature in visitors of all ages, reacquainting adults with active living and emphasizing the importance of healthy habits to impressionable youths. As a former mill town, Glendale presents the model habitat for such an undertaking. It sits on a ridge above the shoals of the Pacolet River, a popular spot to kayak, fish, or dump evidence of a poor report card. Glendale Outdoor Leadership School utilizes these surroundings to their full extent, providing outdoor-activity lessons and organizing several children's camps every year. The action isn?t limited to offsite destinations; on its own grounds, the school boasts a team-building challenge course, as well as facilities for educational seminars.
Duffers can turn to The Range on Oak Grove for assistance in three key aspects of golfing: swing, distance, and accuracy. The first falls to PGA teaching professional Phil Cassidy, whose sage instructions can be tailored for students of all ages and a swathe of swing types. The latter two are the domain of the range itself, where markers calibrated with a laser distance finder provide players with pinpoint feedback on their long shots, and targets that mimic course layouts challenge chippers to accurately drop approaching shots and frustrated overhand lobs. Should visitors not have their own clubs on hand, the range curates a collection of loaners.
Planet Paintball & Airsoft Adventures? owner is an industry expert, his experience accrued over a 27-year career working with national paintball brands and competing at the sport?s highest professional level. Players can show up to compete seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Looking to put a new spin on a classic family activity, the minds behind Glowgolf decided to give the game a phosphorescent update. Incandescent courses place friends and family amid a tropical-fantasy golf world of neon orange, green, and violet surroundings. Players putt luminous orbs through vibrant treasure chests and glimmering windmills while negotiating tricky obstacles near walls portraying black-light-lit aquatic scenes. With more than 20 locations spread over 10 states, Glowgolf's fluorescent labyrinths challenge human players and traveling gnomes.