During the Superhero Scramble, racers of all fitness levels tear across arduous terrain littered with body- and mind-challenging obstacles. Participants must wade through mud and, to reach the finish line, persevere through a barrage of Super Slime generously donated by retired Ghostbusters.
Upon completing the race, athletes ride their endorphin high into a party stocked with ice-cold beer. There, they can mingle with other contestants, sway to live music, and see awards doled out to the fastest runners in each age bracket. Male and female Scramble Gamble contestants compete for prizes that can cover the cost of replacing the engines in their sneakers. The benefits of the race extend beyond the Gamble winners, too?the organizers donate a portion of the proceeds to charity.
Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
The sea is famously unpredictable, but when you're fishing with Captain Phil Hartman at the helm, you're almost guaranteed to have a memorable time. With almost 35 years of Florida-fishing experience under his belt, as well as Coast Guard certification, the oceanic expert effortlessly keeps passengers safe while offering tips on nabbing elusive game fish. Passengers' potential hauls may include tarpon, snook, redfish, and trout. Those who brought dry-clean-only rods, meanwhile, can reel in a complimentary snack or bottled water from the deck instead. Some Floridians catch their first-ever fish with Captain Hartman, who welcomes kids onto the boat. And with 50 vessels available, A Fishing Connection can accommodate intimate and large groups alike.
Rather than oversee a tackle-filled free-for-all, the instructors at Sunshine State Lions Youth Rugby start youngsters with a contact-free version of the sport. As players focus on their running and ball-handling skills, coaches gradually introduce minimal contact during touch games. Finally, pupils attempt scrimmages of full-contact rugby, complete with tackling, rucking, and mauling, which is when a rugby player pretends to be a bear. Once students have mastered the game, Sunshine State Lions's coaches will assemble teams to compete with other local and statewide clubs.
Listening to music from a young age does more than help someone dance well enough to get on the Jumbotron during basketball games. It can also improve a child's brain development, social skills, and emotional connections. The staff at Grow and Sing Studios make it their mission to aid in the development of children through a wide variety of age-appropriate classes. Instructors lead students through activities steeped in song and rhythm, from the parent-baby drumming in Kindermusik Village to the group sing-alongs during Music for Aardvarks. They also teach piano lessons.
While most people’s biggest water-related fear might be sharks, Phil Pektas's was children. Not the kids themselves, of course, but the prospect of teaching them. This terror first surfaced when he was tapped to fill in for the Pre-K instructor at the swim school where he taught. Fortunately, he conquered that fear during the very first lesson and 20 years later is still introducing young people to the necessary skills for ensuring safe, aquatic fun. Pektas and his staff of American Red Cross–, CPR-, and First-Aid- certified instructors use activities, toys, and analogies to improve performance in the pool. With games such as Bird Catcher, kids will learn how to control their breathing and hunt for sub-aquatic fowl indigenous to chlorinated pools.