Though watching a movie in a cinema has its charms, watching the same movie against a backdrop of trees and mountains ignites all the senses. This is what Epic Events aims to do through its outdoor productions and inflatable movie screen rentals. Throughout the Pacific Northwest, the event company sets up sprawling screens in parks, on college campuses, and atop roofs. From there, moviegoers can take in classic and modern films as they stretch out beneath the stars and whisper their favorite lines to cinema-loving squirrels.
At Sharp Shooting Indoor Range & Gun Shop—an NRA affiliate range—certified instructors teach firearm courses focused on safety and defense. In the introductory handgun safety and marksmanship course, instructors cover essential aspects of shooting such as stance, grip, and aim. Other options include women's self-defense and two levels of handgun education. After imparting these skills, the instructors turn their three eyes toward the range, where 22 individual shooting positions let guests practice with nearly all handgun calibers. Away from the practice area, the gun shop sells handguns, rifles, and accessories.
Alison Rubin first discovered yoga when she moved across the world, leaving England behind for sunny Southern California in 1972. She fell, or steadily posed, head over heels for the ancient exercise form, eventually earning her teaching certification in 1984 when she moved to Spokane. Now, with 40 years and myriad certifications under her belt, she leads a dedicated troupe of instructors who teach Hatha-style classes within a cozy studio, winning Best Yoga Studio by The Pacific Northwest Inlander in 2009 and 2010.
They lead a lineup of classes that accommodate a spectrum of skill levels, ranging from newcomers to Twister world champions.
With plush upholstered armchairs for mid-game lounging and a solid wood bar for post-game swallowing, Far West Billiards offers a casual respite from uncomfortable gaming halls. Saddle up to one of six well-maintained Brunswick Gold Crown IV Tables, or hang back and bank on a burger with a choice of toppings, including chipotle sauce, bacon, and avocado. While mourning the loss of long-forgotten geometry lessons, sip on some wine, draft and bottled beers, or a classic cocktail made with real fruit and premium liquors. A solid game of pocket-plumping can be had at $7 per hour on Mondays through Saturdays from 3 p.m.–6 p.m., and all day on Sunday; evening pool sharks can attack for $10 per hour.
Virtual Golf Spokane is an indoor, climate-controlled golf facility that houses three separate stations equipped with TruGolf E6 Golf simulators and crisp, 10’ x 14’ screens. Each simulator displays HD recreations of more than 50 courses—including legendary loops such as Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, Torrey Pines, and Bethpage Black—that challenge players with unique, everchanging conditions. To help players truly polish their game, the simulators also take precise measurements and report back the essential ball flight data such as distance, speed, and gopher envy.
With six aquatic centers scattered across town, Spokane Parks and Recreation champions summertime fun with well-equipped hydro-havens. With an adult (18 years old or older) or youth (3–17 years old) pass, swimmers can take advantage of unlimited recreational pool access. Most of the aquatic centers boast zero-depth entry for toddlers to safely wet their feet, as well as waterslides, separate lap pools, and the entire cast from Law and Order: Pacific Ocean Unit as lifeguards. Accompanying the maritime merriment, each facility also includes a large deck for lounging outside of the pool as well as adjacent parks and shaded areas for hiding from falling sunbeams.