Roots Gymnastics' safety-certified coaches, some of whom have competed internationally, use gymnastics as a tool to help children to grow physically, socially, and emotionally. They begin teaching boys and girls at age 12 months in Little Sprouts programs, which build coordination and balance. In recreational programs for ages 6–18, the instructors instill more advanced skills as kids catch some air on in-ground trampolines and foam pits. In addition to gymnastics, coaches instruct in areas such as free running, wrestling, and pommel-horse grooming. They also form competitive teams for a variety of different skill levels. Roots Gymnastics boasts 19,000 square feet packed with Olympic-quality equipment. The gym includes four in-ground trampolines, a rope swing, and two foam pits.
Climbing up a 12-foot cargo net. Clambering up inclined walls. Slithering through darkened tunnels. These might sound like the keys to escaping a medieval fortress, but really, they're three of the 15+ feats required to complete the five-mile Renegade Run. Its obstacle-studded course winds through a park, sometimes sticking to paved trails, other times cutting through rough terrain laden with exposed tree roots, rocks, and challenging hills.
Reaching the finish line doesn't just mean conquering a major physical challenge, either?it also means doing good for the community. Proceeds from the race help raise awareness of type 1 diabetes. Proceeds also help fund research on the disease at the Faustman Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital.
There are few places as lively to hang out as the shady tables overlooking the water on Louie B's patio. That's because guests don't just sip drinks as they indulge in fresh seafood and a range of classic American dishes. The lake and the restaurant's dock offer plenty of activity, as do the regular events, ranging from poker nights and comedy shows to holiday parties and live performances.
An affiliate of Westfield State University, Westfield Flight Academy is an FAA-certified flight school where current and former airline pilots help ground-bound beginners head for the heavens. Leave ineffectual bird suits and prohibitively ugly rocket sneakers at home for a high-altitude tutorial, beginning with a preflight discussion of basic information and the principles of aerodynamics. Following the briefing, the cockpit will become your classroom as you embark on a training flight lasting about 45 minutes, giving you the chance to start, taxi, take off, and fly the plane as your instructor explains how to break gravity's rules without hurting its feelings. After the flight, every pupil will receive a certificate of completion, as well as a logbook signed by the instructor using a quill stolen from the wing of a peregrine falcon, the only bird that can fly without first inhaling helium.
With decades of experience in jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip-hop dance to go with teaching certifications from Dance Masters of America, the instructors at All-Stars Dance Center help students glide and stomp through classes in a variety of styles. They work with students of all abilities, refining skills in age-appropriate subject areas such as boys’ hip-hop, tiny tots, and adult tap. Aside from the regular class schedule, special programs in competitive dance and musical-theater training afford committed dancers the opportunity to learn performance techniques such as jazz hands and the classical worm.
When they aren’t leading formal dance lessons, the studio’s instructors guide adults through Zumba and yoga workouts. All classes take place on the hardwood floors of a professional studio that features three air-conditioned dance rooms, a waiting room, and viewing windows through which tennis shoes gaze jealously at their sleeker counterparts.
When the snow starts to fall over Massachusetts, Otis Ridge opens its slopes to skiers and snowboarders of all experience levels?from seasoned athletes to individuals coming to the resort for the very first time. The latter will likely start in the rental shop, and then enroll in a group or private lesson, available for all ages. From there, skiers can take to the mountainside. Three levels of trails wind through the woods: three beginner trails, four intermediate trails, and three single black diamond runs.?
Once visitors have slid back to the base of the mountain, they can stop by the Grouse House. This casual lodge serves up food and drinks, and provides guests a place to unwind after long days spent ski-carving their names in the snow.