Pro Ski and Scuba, a PADI five-star IDC facility, shares the basics of breathing underwater in the two-hour Discover Scuba Diving Experience led by certified instructors with more than 25 years of combined experience. The controlled pool environment keeps things safe and simple for all involved as instructors acquaint students with provided dive equipment as well as aquatic dos and don'ts culled from their vast, ocean-like expanses of knowledge. During the 2.5-hour class, students practice ascents, descents, and anglerfish impressions. Although students aren't certified to dive after one class, the Discover Scuba Diving Experience’s skills can be credited toward PADI open-water certification should class-goers decide to pursue an underwater graduate degree. Those who prefer to dive in groups can bring along up to three friends, and kids ages eight to 12 can forgo conventional birthday parties for a celebration in Pro Ski and Scuba’s pool with up to eight friends and two adults. Birthday parties often span 2.5 hours, and for an additional $20, Pro Ski will provide a birthday cake and silverware.
Carrie Tiemeyer proudly assumes the identity of The Bug Lady as she educates kids with the aid of more than 75 insects and animals. A teacher, Carrie began incorporating live-insect demos and activities into her lesson plans, which caused a former student to christen her with the arthropod-centric nickname. Noninsect cast members also enhance the demos, allowing science students to cozy up to hedgehogs, ferrets, reptiles, and birds. Committed to educating as many people as possible, The Bug Lady can show off her living coursework at the science academy, or escort teams of millipedes to a chariot and travel into the community for mobile demonstrations.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: None
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Make-and-take events for American Girl dolls, intended for girls between ages 6 and 14
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Paintballers belly crawl through tall grasses and weeds as their opponents hunker behind fence posts, sandbags, and trees. Within wooden structures teammates strategize and hatch plans of attack before flanking the other team and firing off kaleidoscopic-like rounds of eco-friendly paintballs.
Traversing 54 acres comprising six woodsball courses and two speedball fields, players at The Edge Paintball Adventures navigate varying terrain, including a stream bordered by long stalks of golden grass and overgrown, tree-bordered fields full of thistle, shrubs, and dandelions gone to seed. A staff of trained referees maintain order on themed courses such as Assassin's Alley, where snipers lay in wait or Firebase Bravo, which sports a mammoth bunker that encourages use of paint grenades.
Most folks take their dates to a fancy restaurant or a movie theater, but DWTA Helicopters can lead couples to romance at a less conventional locale: the sky. The FAA- and DOT-certified commercial-aircraft carrier whisks guests upward on intimate flights for two, airborne tours of wintertime’s holiday light displays, and jaunts geared toward aerial photography and videography sessions. Flights launch in 30 minutes or less, and the veteran pilots chart their courses with satellite navigation and tracking systems, rather than just following the biggest and strongest seagull. Those who aspire to become pilots themselves can learn skills at the carrier’s ground school, which prepares them for the FAA pilot exam and welcomes them to the skies with an included discovery flight.