Since 1987, Flying Change Stables has helped students of all ages and skill levels in mastering horsemanship during group, private, and semi-private lessons. Whether learning equine basics or how to jump over obstacles, pupils get to develop their horse-riding abilities in a positive environment. The stable also has horses and ponies for sale, and holds therapeutic riding for children and adults with disabilities.
Named Best Family Destination (Indoor) by Northshore magazine in 2010, Imajine That diverts the minds of children with a 12,000-square-foot interactive, educational playspace. Pint-size imaginations roam free in 12 Imajination stations, where miniature post offices, grocery stores, and mortgage brokers let little ones mirror their grown-up wranglers. Kids can leap and bound through the dragon bouncy house and giant Jurassic climbing structure, or color canvases at the arts and crafts station. Membership includes monthly passes for one child and two adults (a $20 value) or two children and two adults (a $30 value), which allow unlimited play throughout the month, and kids can be brought in by babysitters, family members, and other childproof adults.
In the dark, all that's visible are the colored neon shapes that indicate what team's territory players are trespassing on. And, of course: the vests and phasers of one's enemy. This is LaserCraze, where players tag one another in the black-lit depths of a mysterious, futuristic world. "Organized chaos," says a sign on the lobbies' walls, and for players in the throes of an intense laser-tag game, that's exactly what LaserCraze offers.
While laser tag is the specialty, LaserCraze has an equally extensive arcade room whose beeping, shimmering, and ticket-spitting amusements compete for fun-lovers' affections. Ticket harvesters can reward themselves at the prize center, with 1,500 tickets buying a stuffed animal and 150,000,000,000 tickets buying an original copy of the Constitution. Gamers can celebrate their victories or plan strategies for next time at Craze Cafe, which serves made-to-order pizza and slushies. And no matter the adventure, guests only have to worry about their health in the virtual world when playing laser tag or arcade games, as LaserCraze sanitizes its facilities to provide a hygienic, safe space.
Whether you?re a beginner horseback rider or an old hand, interested in English riding or Western equitation, or just looking to learn dressage, East Coast Equine can accommodate. With more than 20 years of experience, owner and instructor Valerie Passerini teaches how to ride horses in scenic Boxford, MA. Passerini is also trained in equine massage therapy, which relieves muscle tightness in horses after a several hours of galloping or a rough day at the stock market.
Housed within the antiquated Amos Blanchard House and Barn Museum, the Andover Historical Society preserves artifacts and archival records from Andover’s storied 350-year history. Within the more-than-100-year-old building, visitors can experience what it was like to live as a middle-class family in the early 19th century or peruse the vast library archives. The society also hosts events within the community, including the seasonal Tree Time display and lectures on the town’s history.
Any coach will tell you that teaching absolute beginners requires patience. As luck would have it, Marissa Theobald of Marissa's Bit O' Luck Stable has patience in spades. She needed it to complete her equine industries degree at the University of Massachusetts?Amherst, earn a license as a riding instructor and trainer, and work with problem horses, especially when they would ask, "Are we there yet?" from the trailer. Novice riders enjoy her calm, levelheaded approach as they learn the German method of riding, which emphasizes a balanced seat and developing a relationship with the horse?core tenets at any experience level. As riders advance, they can continue their education in dressage, jumping, and eventing under Marissa's tutelage, occasionally sneaking off to enjoy the miles of trails that abut the 9-acre ranch.