Regardless of the workout's pace, Studio Fixx's experienced staff of instructors provide the encouragement and form advice to develop an effective fitness regimen. Their wide range of classes encompasses toning bodyscult and barre workouts as well as Zumba sessions and tabata, which combines cardio exercises and interval training to give your lungs six-packs. Exercisers who want to slow things down, on the other hand, can sign up for a relaxing vinyasa flow yoga session instead of wasting hours pretending to lift a medicine ball in slow motion.
Twenty-four wine bottles line the circumference of two stainless-steel cylinders, both of which add a futuristic flourish to the middle of the room. With the touch of a button, the machine dispenses a 1-ounce sample of any of the wines—red at room temperature, whites at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Praised on Foodbeast, this self-serve tasting bar, called the Enomatic wine system, lets guests sample an array of wines before committing to a long-term relationship with a single—or several—bottles. This method is just one of several ways OC Wine Mart & Tasting Bar owner Julie Lim takes the intimidation out of wine buying.
At her boutique wine store, Julie fills the shelves with vintages from both well-known and under-the-radar vineyards, with some of her favorites including Silver Oak Cellars, Caymus Vineyards, and Cakebread Cellars. She and her team thrive on helping guests find the best bottle—whether they're hunting for wine, craft beer, or a fine liquor. Once guests feel confident in their selections, the staff can help them compile gift baskets for holiday parties or year-end performance reviews. Committed to green practices, the staff eschews foam packaging in favor of molded-pulp shippers, derived from 100% recycled materials. Such practices earned Julie a place on OC Metro's list of 20 Women to Watch, plus her boutique a place on Gayot's Top 10 Wine Bars in the United States.
Playing and learning go hand in hand within the imaginative municipality known as Pretend City Children's Museum. Parents bring their kids and infants into this immersive world, where they find an environment that builds skills in math, reading, and science—not to mention more nuanced areas like creativity and self confidence.
Size: 17 interactive exhibits and additional activities, all supported by a professional and kid-friendly staff
Target Audience: infants and children up to eight years old, plus their parents, of course
Eye Catcher: the Beach, where an ocean mural sets the stage for learning the effects of litter and other pollutants
Hands-On Activities: kids become chefs in the Cafe, and paint miniature masterpieces in the Art Studio
Don't Miss: the amphitheater, found in the indoor park—that's where you'll see kids shine as performers
Special Programs: theatrical performances, Mommy and Me classes, and screenings that focus on child development
Leave Your Mark: visitors can apply to be a "featured family" in the Our Home exhibit's documentary film, which showcases the customs and celebrations of a local family's life
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We focus on results with main goal being individual needs of every child to achieve maximum potential. Girls learn the importance of teamwork, determination to succeed, and character traits that are important in life. We don’t just teach gymnastics at our program, lovingly, we build character.
Is your location strictly for adults, or can kids participate as well?
Girls 4-6 are welcome to participate
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Love of children and love of teaching plus love of rhythmic gymnastics - these power of three inspired our Coach - a former member of Belarus Junior National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team to start a program in the US to help girls to blossom into best possible athletes.
What do you love most about your job?
The most rewarding part of this work is to watch girls being joyful about their achievements.
Have you ever looked at a bounce house and thought, "that would make a fantastic outfit?" If so, here's the game for you: bubble soccer. This new sport that's literally rolling across the nation straps its players inside a human-size bubble suit, enclosing everything but their feet and sense of adventure. Bubble Soccer Orange County brings this sport to the West Coast, setting up games where teams bump, push, and tackle their way to the goal—all while bubble suits provide each with a soft landing.
Ways to play: rent the suits for a private game, sign up for one of the weekend games at local parks, or join a league.
The rules are a lot like regular soccer, with some exceptions. For example, there isn't a dedicated goalkeeper, and gameplay stops if the ball winds up inside a person's bubble.
It's almost as fun to watch. Check out these videos for a sample of what to expect.
The best things come in threes. Just look at Neapolitan ice cream, the Three Stooges, and the MMTSC. The sprawling sports center offers facilities for three sports: volleyball, basketball, and futsal (or, as most people know it, indoor soccer). All told, the 130,000-square-foot facility can be divided into 22 volleyball courts or 21 basketball courts, perfect for year-round tournaments, clinics, and leagues for kids and adults.
Expert coaches lead programs for the above sports, as well as generalized, plyometrics-style performance training—always emphasizing improvement but never at the expense of self-esteem or health. Meanwhile, spectators and off-duty middle blockers relax in the restaurant, watching 10 high-definition TVs and feasting on meals far superior to the typical sports-center dish, the AstroTurf omelet.