For most, a cardboard box is something to recycle, but for some, it's the foundation of a trusty racing vessel. That's because to compete in the Williamsburg Jaycees Cardboard Boat Regatta, crew members must build a boat out of corrugated cardboard, simple adhesives and paint, and race it on the Yorktown waterfront. A pair of shipmates bring their vessels to The Watermen's Museum, lower them into the murky depths, and paddle with all their might. The race awards grand prizes in four categories: fastest finish, best sinking, best design, and pirate--wherein participants battle with water guns, trash-talking parrots, and buckets to stall their opponents while they paddle for toward the finish line. Proceeds from the race go to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula.
World Champion TaeKwonDo's seasoned instructors introduce the classic Korean martial art to all ages. Their training programs include classes for kids and adults, as well as a family program for parents and their children. The classes don't just teach self-defense; they also imbue important life skills such as focus, respect, and the confidence to tell a bully that they have a lovely singing voice.
Swamp Paintball Park unleashes recreational combat across more than 40 acres of terrain. Its fields encompass multiple forms of paintball, including scenario games, woods ball, and speed ball for those seeking out adventure. Those who show up unarmed can outfit themselves in rental packages that include Tippman '98 markers, masks, and all-day air refills, which is easier than performing CPR on the air tank in between shots.
When Detric Smith says he's inspired by results, he isn't necessarily referencing someone's new six-pack or bulging biceps. He derives the most satisfaction from seeing his students return to a beloved sport, flaunt a new pants size, or move through the day without chronic pain. Backed by a degree in exercise science and multiple training certifications, he achieves these goals with attentive group and private programming. He adjusts his boot camps and personalized sessions to suit each guest's experience level, and nutritional guidance and regular body assessments keep them abreast of their progress. He also gives clients his phone number, encouraging them to call for moral support or for backup during protein-shake-related hostage situations.
The friendly staffers at Bounce House's multiple Virginia locales breathe new life into the term sock hop, as well as lots of air into inflatable play surfaces. During Open Jump sessions and birthday parties, sock-clad moppets aged 1–12 can hop to their heels’ content across a cadre of themed inflatables, which catapult youngsters into TV-station simulacra and onto the surface of an air-hockey machine. As parents supervise, they can compare their children's bouncing with that of the stock market using complimentary WiFi. Each Bounce House fuels fun by keeping its snack bar fully stocked.
Amid all the indoor turf-sports fields of the Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex, there's one dark maze that's lit by black lights and glowing neon walls alone. In this shadowy space, players blast beams of light from their lasers, engaging in team combat and open play inside a 5,700-square-foot, space-themed arena. They dodge behind glowing wall lights, illuminated mock computer screens, and walls painted to resemble metal and rivets. Players as young as 5 can navigate the arena's black-lit halls, while the staff helps keep competition friendly during open play and birthday parties.