Stuart Enloe has logged some serious time in the sky. He's spent more than 200 hours in gas balloons, performed more than 80 parachute jumps, flew for 600 hours in airplanes, and totaled a whopping 2,700 hours in hot-air balloons. In total, he has spent enough time in the air to justify carving a second home into a cloud?more than 145 days.
At his main aerial outlet, Balloon Atlanta, Stuart carries this experience with him on every flight. He maintains a fleet of colorful hot-air balloons, available for scenic flights over some of the Southeast's most stunning landscapes. His passengers float over Lake Lanier, just barely skimming the surface, or sail up until mountains frame the warm light of sunset and set the scene for a romantic kiss or engagement. Regardless of which route he follows, a dedicated crew follows on the ground to pack away equipment and provide passengers a ride back to the starting point once the balloon lands.
Cheerleading isn't just for football games, and gymnastics isn't only for showing off at board meetings. The two sports are also sure-fire ways to teach discipline and teamwork while boosting endurance and physical fitness. At World of Gymnastics and Cheer, students as young as 18 months get a jump-start on these skills inside the 20,000-square-foot facility. The rec program instills everything from stretching basics to advanced tumbling, and the competitive gymnastics program proudly participates in both the AAU and USA programs. Meanwhile, World of Cheer, the recreational and competitive program, prepares members and gives them the opportunity to compete on a national level.
Kids ages 12 and under dive through portholes of inflatable castles to tumble, jump, and play on indoor equipment at GORILLA JUMPER. The highlight of this indoor bounce facility is definitely it's jungle playground. Kids climb up the vertical wall and zip line across a fluffy canopy like they're in a real tropical paradise. Monkeys printed on the walls cheer on youngsters as they race on the side-by-side track. Throughout the facility, bigger kids can defy gravity in a bounce castle or slip down an inflatable slide while toddlers play with soft oversized blocks on a foam floor. Parents, meanwhile, can accompany their kids on their afternoon of fun and watch from a safe distance under cozy picnic tables made into adult forts.
Fitness 19's founders launched their first family-oriented gyms in 2003, hoping to splash the exercising experience with local flavor and familiarity. At each of seven Georgia locations, Life Fitness cardio machines—including treadmills and ellipticals—unite with strength-training machines and free weights to help members to build leaner physiques as certified personal trainers patrol the deep-red-carpeted workout area. The expert staff can also guide clients through yoga-, martial-arts, and weight-loss-centric personal-training sessions. Every location also hosts a kids' room, where youngsters can craft macaroni kettlebells under the supervision of a full-time staff member.
Most 5Ks and mud runs cater to adults. Adrenaline Run is not most 5Ks and mud runs. The just-for-teens event pits participants against natural and human-made obstacles, challenging them with rocky terrain, waterways, and homework. Some heats are timed, but youths uninterested in stats or clocks in general can join in untimed runs. After the challenging scramble concludes, racers head to the after-party for food, live music, and costume contests awarding the Most Creative and Most School Spirited ensembles. Both participants and spectators can take a gentler jaunt through a bounce-house course, or sit back and listen to performances while sharing mud-splattered stories.
Nutin' But Fun isn't just for kids?it's a family-friendly playground with activities for people of all ages that serves guests in Roswell, Marietta, Acworth, Woodstock, and the surrounding areas. Toddlers and teenagers will be quick to climb on inflatables of varying sizes, and parents can show their kids a thing or two on old-school games in the arcade (which has no admission fee). Everyone can join together around dining tables or in the private party room to nosh on pizza while celebrating a group event, someone's birthday, or everyone else's not-birthday.