When grown-ups who loved the bumper cars grow up- they go to places like Speed Zone. You get to race bigger and heavier go-carts around a challenging, curvy course. It really has the feel of a race car speed trial. You've got to use both gas and brakes, and avoid other drivers (no bumping here). Some folks take this really seriously and are out for PRs- they get annoyed with new drivers. Folks who are't crazy about the whole race car task can play mini-golf or video games, but the driving tracks are the star attraction. A little expensive, but acceptable for an occasional diversion.
I really support any company that tries to get kids to be more active and to really enjoy this activity. My gym is a safe indoor area with tons of oversized jungle-gym equipment for kids to go crazy with. There are colorful but soft balls, floormats, ladders, slides, and trampolines. Kids can jump, swing, and slide with appropriate supervision and control. Imagine- the Chuck E Cheese ballroom without the noise, lights, and annoying rodents. This place is great for brithday parties, especailly for 3-6 year olds. Really fun and unique, and totally tolerable for parents.
Kelly's has always had tempting, sinful desserts. The fudge really is very tasty- try the dark chocolate variety. The coffee is fair, and they specialize in drinks that are loaded up with multiple sugary syrups. You are basically ordering dessert in a cup when ou order one of these lattes or blended beverages. At least they have finally started allowing nonfat milk substitutions in the blended drinks. They should offer a smaller size for lattes- the smallest is pretty big. This location has several chairs and has quite a nice selection of mugs and glasses for purchase.
I was very happy with the manicure I received at Hair and Nail Mall. I told the manicurist that I wasnted something simple but fun, cute but not too flashy. She helped me find a clear sparkly polish that went well with my skin tone. She took her timewith my hands and nails, cleaning and massaging them. Most importantly, she filed my nails to give them a very nice curvature and then polished them evenly. I loved the clean, adorable look. Prices were quite good.
Princeton Review offers a first-rate MCAT preparation course for undergraduates hoping to get into medical school. The courses are generally 12 hours a week for 4 months, and cover the writing, reading, natural and physical sciences tested on the MCAT. I found the program to be very comprehensive and thorough, and the instruction was appropriately-paced. The instructors knew their material inside and out and were enthusiastic at all times. The study guides were clear and easy to follow. The program was demanding but the results awesome: myself and everyone I know raised their scores by 4-8 points.
Chipotle has tried to take on the fast-food Mexican genre with a Southwest twist. They add chipotle chiles, corn, and black beans to their dishes to mix things up in the burrito world. Burritos, by the way, would be their specialty, and they stuff them with beef or chicken fajitas, rice, beans, and veggies. The meals are huge, and kept warm in tin foil. However, the meals are very high in calories and fairly high in fat. I wish they would offer smaller meals. Alternatively, a lower-fat tortilla would be an option (corn tortillas, perhaps). I also don't like how the spices are infused so heavily into all of their dishes- a more natural, pure flavor in the rice and meat would be a good option.
I have found that I have "on days" and "off days" at the Gap Outlet. The outlet has a very small selection of clothes but many sizes and colors of each of those items. So, if they have a style in stock that you like, chances are you will walk away with it- and at a good price. Some days I go to the store and its just rows and rows of frumpy sweaters or pajama sets. On a recent trip, however, I picked up a great peacoat made of wool for only $50. Its always a good place to pick up little tee shirts, and you might find a nice pair of casual jeans. It can get very crowded and you won't have much luck getting an assoicate to help you.
The City of Santa Monica put a lot of work into restoring te Santa Monical Pier several years ago. I was so excited to see the area start to thrive, and to be able to bring our kids to the same places we enjoyed we young. The carousel has always been a highlight of the pier, and is a throwback to the boardwalks of the "olden days". There are old surfer tunes playing in that creepy carousel tone, which kids seem to love. The horses have been nicely maintained, and the speed of rotation comfortable but not threatening. I only wish the view was a little nice- you don't get to see a whole lot of the ocean when on the carousel.
I used to live very close to te Fountain Valley Library and would often stop by at lunch or after work. I was surprised to find out that the library is atually open for 5 hours on Sunday, which is wonderful for working folks or students researching projects. The library is on the smaller side, without an impressive collection and with very few periodicals. On the other hand, the cookbook assortment is rather respectable. There is free internet access for residents, though the line for one of the 7 or 8 computers can often be quite long. The librarians are sometimes friendly but also a little on the slower side. They could use a reading room or two, or possibly another room for students working collectively.
Tim Healey is a very well-established and well-respected pedicatric and sensory itnergration physical therapist. Though sensory integration is on the controversial side of the profession right now, the quality of care provided at Healey's clinic is very good. He speaks with a calm and caring tone with both the children patients and their parents. He is very up-to-date with current research and produces literature and videos on current issues. He maintains very nice equipment at his clinic a well asdistractor toys and fun rewards for the kids. Kids actually enjoy going to therapy there! You often see real success stories after kids have been going there.