Activities in Forest Park


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Visiting The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center is a lot like stepping into a nature documentary. Guests can take a self-guided journey to meet more than 200 creatures from across the world. They may stop by the habitats of the black and white ruffed lemur, the western bobcat, and the spotted leopard. Along the way, guests might learn a lot: for instance, that the Bennett's wallaby carries its young in a pouch, and that the critically-endangered cotton-top tamarin has lost more than 75% of its native habitat. But in at least one way, the zoo accomplishes something that David Attenborough never could. Visitors can actually reach out and touch a creature during discovery programs. They can even adopt certain animals, perhaps helping provide tasty grasses and career guidance to a red kangaroo. These programs exemplify the nonprofit zoo's dedication to wildlife education and awareness, something they hope to instill in their visitors from an early age. In the summer, educators spin "Animal Tales" for rapt young audiences and hold a Zoo Camp, where kids start to learn about diet and animal care. As kids' love of animals grows, the zoo invites them to volunteer as Crew in Training members. Once they hit college, students can become interns working on projects such as field studies of the patas monkey.
302 Sumner Ave.
Springfield,
MA
US
Open seven days a week, the Springfield JCC Health and Fitness Center revs up bodies with a plethora of popular classes on land and in its Olympic-sized pool. Upgrade your physique with a BodyPump class, which teaches the original barbell-based full-body weightlifting regimen created by the Olympian Les Mills. Or sway your way toward lean muscle tone with a Zumba class, which fuses Latin and international rhythms to create a fat-exhausting South American fitness-and-dance party. The aquatically inclined may perform water aerobics in the pool to receive the cardiovascular benefits of aerobic exercise without stressing tender joints. Opt for enrollment in the masters swim program, and gain access to classes for beginners, advanced swimmers, aspiring triathletes, and those who are tired of swimming in seas of ambiguity.
1160 Dickinson St
Springfield,
MA
US
Pioneer Valley Yoga offers daily stretch sessions in a variety of yogic disciplines. Pick a style and time from the class schedule, easing into a meditative and subtle mind space with Gentle Hatha or at last sweating off the bowling balls glued to your appendages with the motile poses of Hot Vinyasa.. The limb-contorting guidance of enthusiastic teachers will stretch the keyboard curl from carpal tunnel fingers, lower blood pressure, and straighten even the curviest postures. Students should bring along their own yoga mat (also available for rent), a towel, and water.
805 Williams Street
Longmeadow,
MA
US
Equipment: Stability balls, yoga mats, free weights, agility ladders, jump ropes Students should bring: Towel, bottle of water Average class length: 30?60 minutes Number of Staff: 1?5 people Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes Established: 2014 Registration required: No Good for beginners: Yes Guests allowed: No Parking: Parking lot Pro Tip: We have a smoothie bar on-site, so you can order a beverage before or after your workout. Q&A with Shoshana Porter, Owner Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated? We have monthly challenges that keeps our clients engaged. We also run workshops that help to prepare our clients for a lifelong health journey. Our approach is holistic in that it includes physical, spiritual and nutritional fitness and caters to the entire family.
576 North Main Street
East Longmeadow,
MA
US
Celebrating more than 100 years of basketball history, the halls and exhibits of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honor the players, coaches, referees, and others who helped the game grow to an internationally beloved sport. There are shrines dedicated to more than 300 Hall of Famers, and the 40,000-square-foot basketball megaplex also houses more than 70 interactive exhibits with audio and video components, limited-run tributes to standout teams and players, and special events. The Hall of Fame provides an outlet for freshly inspired visitors to emulate the giants of the sport: a full-size center court, where they can practice alley-oops and half-court slam dunks or attend clinics taught by players and coaches. On the way back to the car, many guests pause for a photograph next to the towering silver sphere that punctuates the buildings' exterior. Named for James A. Naismith, the inventor of the sport, the Hall of Fame stands just "a midrange jump shot" from the site of the original game. Played on December 21, 1891, the first contest tallied a final score of one basket to zero, prompting Dr. Naismith to remove the bee's nests from the backboards.
1000 Hall of Fame Ave.
Springfield,
MA
US
Attentive to the diverse needs of muscles and their masters, The Pilates Center of Western Massachusetts' certified instructors shape up shapeless cores and physiques. Pilates is a low-impact total-body discipline that uses resistance, stretching, mat work, and controlled breathing patterns to make the body looser, lither, and healthier. Individual sessions will ensure a comfortable and productive workout and are perfect for customers who are unfamiliar with Pilates, in need of personal motivation, or possess unique structural challenges, such as cement limbs. Pilates classes can help anyone improve whole-body health, and mat-only, apparatus, and anti-gravity based methods are available for students of all experience levels.
167 Dwight Road
Longmeadow,
MA
US
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