At the age of 5, Natalie Costa’s daughter was cute, lively, and photogenic—reason enough to give show business a try, she thought. But with no one to guide her and her daughter through the maze of booking auditions and getting representation, she found herself out thousands of dollars on useless portfolio shoots and manager fees. In response, Costa founded The Performers Academy, modeling the friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the dancing school she loved as a child. She made sure to stock it with instructors who had the inside knowledge she could have used at the outset: all professional actors, directors, and producers with lots of experience in film and TV and a special focus on children’s programming.
The academy caters both to kids seriously trying to break into the business and to casual enthusiasts who find performing a liberating way to build self-confidence. Age-appropriate classes deal with such key topics as managing audition stress, honing improvisational comedy skills, and projecting loud enough to be heard over that giant gong that somebody keeps bumping into.
Under strings of lanterns and the night's canopy of stars, kids scamper through a field filled with thousands of pumpkins, each one searching for the biggest, roundest one. Finding it is one thing; lifting it is another. The bountiful Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Farm began a bit by happenstance—the owners originally began selling pumpkins out of the back of their pickup and steadily added on amusements as more people came each year. More than 30 years later, the one-month harvest festival sets up each October with attractions ranging from pony rides to puppet shows. As they explore the area amid bales of hay, teepees, character cutouts, and other props, kids can feed baby goats and sheep at the petting zoo or sit on an authentic tractor from 1932. Once guests have procured the perfect pumpkin to carve into the likeness of their favorite monster, they can get their picture taken with Pumpkin Jack, hop on rides such as the Goliath Slide or Pumpkin City Express Train, or visit Gone Fishing, Knock 'Em Down, and other game booths.
Planning a wedding requires a daunting number of decisions. A-line or trumpet dress? DJ or live band? Traditional reception or black-tie marathon race? Premier Bridal Shows makes the planning process easier and more engaging by hosting special events, which allow wedding professionals from across the region to feature their goods and services all under the same roof.
Joined by friends, family members, or fiancés, brides can spend the day taking notes as they visit booths staffed by caterers, floral designers, photographers and videographers, jewelers, and other specialists eager to help them prepare for that special day. The scheduled fashion shows display trendy wedding styles and dazzle crowds with choreographed dances. After tasting the cake decorators' samples, getting a miniature makeover from one of the aestheticians, and consulting with dozens upon dozens of wedding experts, attendees can return to planning, aided by their newfound knowledge and connections.
Martial arts at Laguna Hills' South Orange County Martial Arts Academy is a great workout that will leave you feeling Zen.
With a sizzling plate of terrific food, this studio boasts among the best eats this side of the city.
At this studio, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
A MMA class is a great way to let your anger out and learn the basics of fighting and self-defense.
Sign up for one of these kickboxing classes and burn fat, build muscle and stay learn.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Marital arts is a fun activity that will make you stronger in spirit, mind, and body. Check it out today!
Staff Size: 11–25
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Wilson, Penn, Head
Pro Tip: Bring a tennis racquet and soft-soled shoes, if you don't have a racquet we can loan you one
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Refreshements
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Passersby that peer inside the windows of CKO Kickboxing won’t see treadmills, ellipticals, or stairclimbers. Instead, they’ll spot rows of heavy bags lurching backward and sideways from the force of participants’ kicks and right hooks. The kickboxing-focused gym doesn’t need excessive equipment or a catalog full of workout programs—the high-intensity fitness regimen of kickboxing is more than enough to shape up CKO members. Students of all levels reap the system’s multifaceted benefits, burning up to 1,200 calories per class, releasing stress, and developing a six-pack more realistically than drawing on their midsections with a marker.