The Ultimate Man Zone thrills visitors' musky adventure glands with a nonstop smorgasbord of man-focused yet woman-friendly activities, competitions, concerts, and giveaways. For two nights, Waukesha's Center Court Sports Complex transforms into a garden of manly delights where samples of microbrews from Wisconsin microbreweries such as Lakefront Brewery, Horny Goat Brewing Co., and Capital Brewery sing sudsy siren songs for those 21 and older. After exiting the beer garden, attendees can face off with saucy mugs in the wing-eating contest, one of the weekend's many competitions and tournaments. Other showdowns come in styles such as Texas Hold 'Em, 2-on-2 laser-tag and paintball matches, bench-press competitions, a cornhole tournament, and an NBA-style 3-point contest.
Inside each Sky Zone location, a wall-to-wall half-pipe made entirely of trampolines gives children and adults a venue where they can safely hop, bounce, and somersault to their hearts' content. The vast, taut, springy flooring doesn't end at the walls, but instead the trampolines continue upward to form angles perfect for crawling up, springing off, or sliding down. Visitors can meander along the bounceable terrain in the open trampoline arena, throw themselves into giant foam pits, or sharpen their competitive edges in trampoline-assisted sports such as dodgeball. SkyRobics classes merge gravity-defying fun with fitness during instructor-led workouts that include calisthenics, core exercises, and strength-building aerobics to help guests shed calories without hurting their joints or taking a wrong turn on a treadmill.
To prepare for his Army training, CrossFit Waukesha's Coach Ryan first sought out several personal trainers. When their regimens didn't have the desired effects, he decided to take his health—and subsequently, that of others—into his own hands. By running CrossFit Waukesha, Ryan is able to lift, run, and toss medicine balls alongside his students. He leads classes whose movements are scalable to all skill levels, utilizing tools such as pull-up bars, barbells, and gymnastic rings to craft ever-varied routines. His expertise as an ACSM-certified trainer complements his devotion to the CrossFit method—exercises that mimic real-life movements, performed at a high intensity for functional fitness.
iCOMBAT Waukesha takes laser tag to the next level with high-tech tactical equipment and sets that rival those of a Hollywood action movie. Beginning and advanced players can compete in high-octane solo outings or exciting team missions, such as Safe Cracker and Blackhawk Down, and earn ranks for completed missions. Navigating through the laser combat zone, players run, roll, and leap frog through the streets while completing multiple missions during a 90-minute period. The fully-immersive course is also equipped with a range of environmental lighting, realistic sounds, intense special effects, and props that create the feel of a live-action battle.
In 1928 the famous stage-acting couple Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt declared that from then on they would only appear onstage together. They also refused to act during the summer so they could spend the season at Ten Chimneys—their 60-acre estate retreat in the rolling hills of Kettle Moraine. Alfred had begun the construction himself in 1914, designing the first part of the three-story main house. In 1922 he and Lynn, newly married, began making additions: they converted the house's chicken coop into a private five-room country cottage and built a Swedish-style log cabin for use as a performance studio. Here, they lived and entertained a revolving cast of actors, writers, and artists until their retirement in 1960.
Today, trained docents lead small groups on tours through the cottage, the studio, and the main house's 18 rooms. Some of these confines bear unique titles such as the Flirtation Room, whereas others are named for past guests Helen Hayes, Laurence Olivier, and Noël Coward. Guides divulge the history behind many of the eclectic artifacts found there, such as Staffordshire figurines, pre-Civil War oil lamps, and Delft china, and reveal details about more personal pieces such as handmade gifts from Helen Hayes and Noël Coward, photographs with Charlie Chaplin, and murals painted by set designer Claggett Wilson. Outside, they lead visitors past a creamery and greenhouse, and point out a copper mermaid—designed and crafted by Cecil Beaton—that sits atop the estate's pool house to scare away sailors.
Throughout the year, Ten Chimneys hosts special theater-centric events. Play readings held in partnership with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater showcase the theater's interns as they read works connected to the Lunts or guests at their estate. During Music in the Drawing Room, cabaret artists from around the country gather around Noël Coward's historic piano to perform for small crowds and confuse unprepared time travelers. The estate also invites well-known local or national theater practitioners for a guest-speaker series inspired by the theater-minded talks that took place at the Lunts’ dining table.
Throughout the summer, the paved paths of Frame Park welcome outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and interests, including riders seated on High Roller Fun Rentals's unique bikes and pedal carts. Two-, three-, and four-wheel vehicles transport groups down the 1.7-mile river walk—a path flanked by playground equipment, picnic areas, gardens, and volleyball courts.
For those looking to make a splash, High Roller Fun Rentals also maintains a floating fleet of creature boats, canoes, and kayaks. These inventive vessels allow groups of two, three, or four to navigate the Fox River with ease. And for added convenience, the rental center hands out maps to encourage exploration.