Family-friendly and fully loaded, Vantage Bowling Centers boasts lane after lane of well-maintained surfaces, modern scoring, and bumpers primed and ready to boost any youngster's score and attitude. To amp up the alley-based excitement, various alleys also host Cyber/Cosmic Bowling, an intergalactic amalgamation of flashy lights, fog machines, fresh pop beats, and occasional flying saucer sightings, often identified as piping-hot pizza from the food counter. Beyond pizza, most locations provide a range of eats and thirst quenchers, including burgers, fries, sodas, and a variety of adult beverages such as draft beer and milkshakes made entirely of Wall Street Journal clippings. Select locations keep the action rolling as late as 1 a.m. on weekends. Call ahead to check for lane availability.
A former junior college all-American and U.S. Amateur qualifier, PGA-certified professional Denny Alberts draws from 20 years' experience of teaching and playing to foster dependable swings and lower scores. During lessons, Denny videotapes his pupils' swings, using a camera capable of capturing 1,200 frames per second and suspected of stealing the souls of gullible nine irons. With the help of slow-motion review, Denny pinpoints any swing deficiencies, and begins the arduous process of correcting bad habits and retraining muscles through swing drills, teaching aids, and his own internal encyclopedia of hard-won swing wisdom.
Adhering to the notion that an effective golf swing takes thousands of forms, Denny seldom attempts to reconstruct swings completely, but rather focuses on correcting swing mechanics that matter, such as ball contact, stance, and crowd-pleasing putt and struts.
With two courts of trampoline flooring, AZ Air Time dares to ask what games of dodgeball would look like on the moon. Kids leap across rainbow-colored mats to try and strike their opponents, heedless of the hubbub nearby, where fellow guests rebound off the surface and slanted walls of the 5,000-square-foot main trampoline. Elsewhere, basketball hoops mounted above trampolines permit players to add midair flair to their dunks, and a cushiony foam pit provides a soft space for safe jumping.
The futuristic indoor park is the brainchild of Barry and Jeff Jenkins, who welcome children to achieve giddy weightlessness in areas grouped by age. Boot-camp sessions for moms also take advantage of how gentle a trampoline is on joints, unlike a 15-person tap-dancing rivalry. During parties, the sound of youthful shrieks bent by velocity fill the air.
The Vail Preservation Society keeps evidence of the town’s history, culture, and heritage so that visitors can take a step back in time to learn about prior generations. With its late-19th-century roots as a railroad town, the greater Vail area reserves an important place in American history––a place the Preservation Society's members intend to protect. They do so by scanning old photographs, recording oral histories, and participating in an annual cleanup every spring. They've also taken on the task of restoring the Old Vail Post Office, which, for more than a century, has managed to survive by devouring years’ worth of undelivered cookie packages and letters to Santa.
With more than 30 years of artistic experience and 23 years of teaching experience, Mariah Clearwater brings plenty of knowledge to her pottery-making classes at Clearwater Creations. She keeps class sizes small so that she can provide participants the individual attention they need to create a tangible piece of art they’re proud of. Artists of all skill levels practice hand-building techniques before putting the finishing touch on their pieces with a glaze. Some of Mariah’s own creations, such as handcrafted cremation urns, stoneware pottery, and oil paintings, can be purchased from the artist herself.
Though some participants choose to run and others to walk, everybody who participates in the Color Dash experiences a transformation. As participants make their way through the 5K Color Dash and UVSplash courses they are subjected to bursts of color; additional events include Zombies by Color Dash, which adds the undead to the equation. Though the color will wash away, the memories will remain forever in the minds of all participants who aren't goldfish. Proceeds from Color Dash events benefit local children's charities and organizations.