USA Mini Golf accommodates iron clubbers of all skill levels with its Road Trip Across America–themed course, which comes outfitted in miniature replicas of historic U.S. landmarks. Clean indoor facilities protect the facility's putters from seasonal bouts of heat, rain, wind, and baseballs. Grab a tiny club and whack dimpled balls through a golfable tour of America's beloved attractions, ranging from the Golden Gate Bridge and Redwood Forest to the Carlsbad Caverns and Cape Cod. If you choose the party, your group of up to 50 people will be treated to unlimited rounds of mini golf, a party room, and projector—emcees are free to soundtrack the proceedings with a personal music playlist. The party package also lands guests exclusive access during off hours so you can host your birthday celebration or body-double audition in privacy. Inflect a futuristic glow to any golf gala by illuminating the turf and balls with the reverse-glow of black lights (additional $10).
280 feet per second. That's the speed limit at Central Alabama Paintball. Although some paintball guns are capable of catapulting pellets at much higher speeds, staff here check each gun's speed to ensure a safe, fun, and comfortable experience for every player. They also require that everyone use the field's own paintballs, specially formatted to splatter at lower impacts—without staining clothes, which is especially helpful at paintball weddings.
Refs at Central Alabama Paintball are paid professionals who brief every player on rules and equipment operation. To ensure fair play, they also group paintballers by skill level. The staging area's sound system announces whether each game is for beginner, intermediate, or advanced players, and solo players can join a team matched to their ability level.
With safety firmly in place, the fun can begin. The round starts, and paintballs soar over one of five outdoor fields with obstacles such as wooden spools and giant inflatables, or the full mock-town field. It's common to see birthday parties, family reunions, and other celebrations darting around the field. In addition to amenities such as a large covered deck, a grill and fire pit, and setups for cornhole and horseshoes, the field boasts lower-impact guns suitable for players as young as age 6.
The two-hour lesson begins by familiarizing divers with the essential scuba equipment with an experienced instructor demonstrating how to prepare the gear for diving. Strapped on and strapped into the tank and gear, human merpersons will practice water entry, breathing through a regulator, dealing with prehistoric trilobites, keeping the mask clear, and just flippering around the pool. Dives take place in an indoor pool in the winter and an outdoor pool in the summer. A PADI-certified dive school and member of the National Instructors Association for Divers with Disabilities, ScubaVentures caters to the needs and goals of all divers.
Golf instructor Jon Oliver has given over 5,000 lessons to wobbly neophytes and tour pros alike, using video motion analysis and close instruction to reduce convoluted swings to clean, simple strokes. After using video motion analysis to record the plaid-trousered ghosts jovially nudging golfers' arms out of alignment, Oliver dispels them by teaching repeatable swing strategies and short game techniques. Following a score-dropping 60-minute session, both confident drivers and insecure putters will walk taller over the bentgrass greens of Eagle Point Golf Club’s 18-hole, par 71 course. Impress jaded fairway squirrels by learning the proper setup and backswing for your club's formal introduction to the ball, topping your swing with an elegant follow-through worthy of European ballet. Oliver’s blog gives helpful tips on trajectory control and when to plant your old golf balls to grow a garden of springtime sand wedges and nine irons.
A World Taekwondo Federation black belt, Master Justin Scarsella has been molding young martial artists since the age of 14. At his eponymous tae kwon do studio, students young and old delve into the martial arts in a structured, supportive, and positive environment. Under his tutelage, students aged 4 and older progress through classes that strengthen and tone the body while fostering discipline, leadership skills, and character development through cooperation, self-control, respect, and confidence.
Sips n Strokes gifts paintbrush-wielding neophytes the tools and confidence to create, with a mélange of masterpiece-making tutorials and a bring-your-own-beverage policy. Artists can elect a class from the shop's calendar to hone the painting style that best complements their home, office, or neighbor's windshield, including picks of imagery from Parisian scenes to funky roosters. Each course, led by an instructor well versed in the trade, pairs well with the liquid inspiration of each student's choosing. Silence-seeking artists or easily corruptible mimes may opt for an afternoon or weeknight session, as the weekends generally garner 20 to 50 rowdy rookies.