Saguaro Aquatics' indoor and outdoor swimming pools double as recreational venues and classrooms. Instructors guide swimmers 6 months and older in group or private swimming lessons that cover the techniques for mastering strokes and growing gills. The noncompetitive synchronized-swimming club practices their aquatic art form twice weekly, and boot camp participants jump in and out of the pool for boxing, cardio, and swimming exercises. During Kids' Night Out, little ones enjoy themed games, crafts, and snacks while a projector showcases a kid-appropriate movie on a 15-foot screen. The club recently expanded its portfolio to include the landsport tennis.
Normally the den of the vacationing Tucson Toros, Hi Corbett Field throws open its doors to a rotating cast of minor-league and wood bat-wielding college teams for a summer of sportsmanship under the lights. On Thirsty Thursday, spectators stake out real estate behind home plate for bouts between visiting sluggers before decamping to the concession stands for $1 beers from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The stadium’s savvy staff augments on-field action with various theme nights throughout the summer, enlivening each game with special events such as the June 16 early Father’s Day celebration, the June 30 Jersey Shore bash, or the July 7 Census Taker Appreciation Night.
Membership in the Reid Park Zoological Society grants you and your family (two named adults and any children under the age of 18) full access to the zoo for an entire year (open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas). Being a card-carrying member opens up numerous doors, behind which lie benefit after benefit, and sometimes tigers. From June through August, you'll get early-morning entry to the zoo grounds—a calm, crowd-free time to view feedings and animal care firsthand, as well as a chance to lick and groom one's own fur in peace. The "Zoo & You" newsletter will arrive quarterly in your mailbox, keeping readers up to date on all zoo-related happenings. You'll also receive advance notice, discounts, and VIP entry to all after-hours events. If travel plans are in the cards, use your family membership as a veritable Jedi mind trick to receive discounts of 50% to 100% off at 165 different zoos and aquariums throughout the United States. Concerned number-noshers and pachyderm pals should also note that this membership donation is completely tax deductible, and that a portion of the donation will support the construction of Expedition Tanzania, the new, expanded elephant habitat set to open in the fall of 2011.
A partner gym of Rocks & Ropes, The Bloc climbing + fitness is a 20,000 square-foot, air-conditioned rock-climbing destination. Inside, a dozen autobelays allow visitors to make high, harness-assisted ascents. Or, you can test your bouldering skills on a 7,000 square-foot wall. In addition, the gym offers yoga, meditation, and pilates classes in its 2nd-story heartSTONE studio, welcoming both beginners and experts. The gym also includes cardio and weight equipment for those looking for a vigorous exercise or a heart-to-heart talk with a treadmill.
Nearly a half century ago, horticulturist Harrison G. Yocum opened his backyard to the public, displaying a bounteous collection of cacti and palms. After a few relocations, expansions, and the establishment of a nonprofit charter, Tucson Botanical Gardens now spreads 17 distinct plots across more than 5 acres. A delicate rumble hearkens the arrival of the Garden Railway miniature train, which winds through gardens uniquely dedicated to birds, butterflies, wildflowers, and traditional Native American crops. Admission—which is free for garden members and children younger than 3—grants passage to five different tours, and groups of 10 or more can arrange self-guided or docent-led tours at a discounted rate. If visitors awaken their appetites by savoring aromas from the onsite herb garden or by staring at clouds shaped like canned goods, they can dig in at the Gardens' Café, where sun spills through a slatted gazebo onto iron tables loaded with roast-beef baguettes and mexican tortilla soup.
Tucson Yoga's wide variety of classes caters to community members of all ages, ambitions, and aptitudes. Basic Yoga and Gentle Yoga introduce beginners to proper breathing techniques and fundamental asanas like Downward-Facing Dog, Unreliable Narrator, and Kneel Before Zod, while Vinyasa offers a higher-energy workout to accommodate experienced students and human kegs of Red Bull. If you are a new mom, bond with your freshly baked bundle while working off excess insulation in an hour-long Mama and Baby class. These sessions feature gentle, relaxing movements that help mothers release pregnancy-related tension in their hips, back, and neck while their pre-crawling companions learn how to cope with the imminent stresses of SAT prep and chopstick mastery. Yogis of all skill levels are invited to stretch their stiff mind-muscles using the more meditative techniques of traditional yoga in Mindfulness Yoga.