Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Friends and families season afternoons with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution and engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit gear light up the full sensorium. At XL locations, game rooms beckon with nimble joystick workouts on classic and modern arcade games.
One gym can hardly contain Master Solomon Brenner's martial-arts expertise, which is why his school—Action Karate—has expanded to 13 different locations. Brenner believes that the martial arts are a lifelong pursuit, so he takes on students aged 3–93.
His classes for kids blend fitness with self-discipline, whereas his classes for adults focus on toning exercises and self-defense. Not all of his classes involve combat; some dedicate entire hours to pure strength training or cool-pose striking. He and his staff also host birthday parties for kids, which include fun martial-arts instruction, games, and a ceremonial slicing of birthday cake with a samurai sword.
Third-degree black belt and instructor Gary Quillen was once a regular 12-year-old boy. Today, he can leap into the air and perform a dazzling horizontal split kick. This feat requires immense athletic prowess. But that physical strength means nothing without the equally immense mental strength behind it. The importance of mind over muscle informs Gary's approach to teaching his Korean martial-arts and fitness classes. He has designed each of his classes to teach novice practitioners how to defend themselves with deft, powerful techniques, but also to develop their confidence, respect, and self-control in order to minimize the chance they'll ever need to.
The instructors at Kozma Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA understand that technique is only part of what it takes to become a skilled fighter. In each lesson, the faculty helps their students build the inner strength, courage, and discipline that it takes to succeed in martial arts and earn respect from their competitors. Classes for children and adults cover the basics of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, mixed martial arts, and boxing in a studio outfitted with red and black mats and a number of sandbags for students to practice punches on or refill hourglasses from.
At Liberty Bell Crossfit, instructors lead groups of exercisers as they box, squat, sprint, and lift their way to better health. A new workout awaits with every visit to the gym, complete with a unique assortment of functional exercises that pays dividends in other areas of life, such as holding a squat when the movie theater runs out of seats. The gym prides itself on an all-inclusive approach to fitness, incorporating the non-exercise aspects of meal planning and weight-loss into health routines.
Fifty meters of aquamarine pasture await butterflies and backstrokes in Ashbourne Swim Club's Olympic-sized pool, where families of up to five can take unlimited advantage of swimming lessons and other summery activities. Lifeguards patrol the pool’s cement shores, keeping at least one lane dedicated to inflatable swan carpools. Separate diving and wading pools provide space in which to practice half-somersaults or doggy paddles during swimming lessons, while water aerobics and poolside yoga classes cultivate contoured templates for suntans. Not every family member will be forced to enjoy the swim club’s watery delights, as a nearby play area and sports courts offer all the dry entertainment of a British sitcom. Other club amenities include a cyber café with free WiFi, regular movie nights, and scheduled social events to honor the summer’s bountiful feast of sunshine.