Ski Resorts Summer Trips: 7 Places for Year-round Fun

After the snow melts, hiking, biking, horseback riding, zip lining, concertsand outdoor summer fun awaitat ski resorts in the summer season. Many U.S. ski resorts are investing in warm-weather programs and activities to make them year-round destinations."Although summer recreation at ski resortsisn't necessarily a new trend, all ski resorts are seeing a boom in summer visitation and are focused on creating new activities in the summertime," says Dan Sherman, Chief Marketing Officer of"Most ski resorts have recognized the trendand are aiming to attract even more travelers in a variety of ways, including festivals;mountain biking;and on-mountain activities likeropes courses, zip lines, outdoor climbing walls and alpine coasters." Developments like Snowmass, Colorado'snew on-mountain activity center; new electricbike tours at Idaho's Schweitzer Mountain; and Jackson Hole'sVia Ferrata-an alpine climbing adventure through suspended bridges and along granite wallsunveiled two years ago - are just a few of the initiatives that have enhanced summer recreation at resorts that are primarily thought of as winter destinations.Here are seven ski destinations to consider visiting this season:Snowmass Ski AreaLocation: Snowmass Village, ColoradoMountain bikers will find summer adventurein the addition of 4.8 miles of new trails unveiled last year. Comprising 3,128 acres, Snowmass is the largest of the four Aspen Snowmass mountains, which include Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilkand Highlands. In 2018, Snowmass Village- the destination's main lodging area- has nearly doubled in capacity overthe past six years.Snowmass Mountain boasts 80 miles of dirt and paved trails;The Lost Forest, a new on-mountain activity center that comprisesan alpine coaster,canopy zip line,a climbing wall; and the Treeline Trial Challenge Course, an obstacle course consisting of rappelling, zip lines, bridges and laddersup to 40 feet in the air.Big SkyLocation: Big Sky, MontanaBig Sky Resort is home to summer recreation like hiking, mountain biking,horseback riding trails and fly-fishingon the Gallatin River. Big Skyis located between Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park.Local resort taxes have increased218% fromJuly 2009 to July 2018 due to increased summer tourism, according to the Big Sky Resort Area District Tax Board.With summer becoming more popular at the ski destination, two large music festivals havestarted in the past year: theMoonlight Music FestandthePeak to Skyfestival.Schweitzer Mountain ResortLocation:Sandpoint, IdahoBoasting 2,900 acres of terrain,Schweitzer Mountain Resort is only 85miles from Spokane, Washington. "We've seen an increase in summer visitation over the last several years - for example, last summer, 2018, saw a 40%growth from five years ago," Dig Chrismer,Marketing Manager for Schweitzer Mountain Resort, tells USA TODAY.The destination offersover 40 miles of bike trails for people to explore. "We also addede-bike tourslast summer and saw a steady increase in business over the summer," says Chrismer. "E-bikes make it possible for even more people to get out on the trails without being nervous about the physical demands that can come with traditional mountain biking."Schweitzer also offers18holes of disc golf; huckleberry picking in July through August; horseback riding; and trail running in the summer.Park CityLocation: Park City, UtahPark City Mountain Resort is made up of two ski resorts in Utah, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain. Last year, the destination had its highest-performing summer in the town's tourism history, according to the Park City Chamber/Convention and Visitor Bureau,likely due to its increased summer offerings in the last few years. There are mountain biking and flow trails;an adventure zone-aplaygroundmade up of a spider slide, climbing web, boulders and climbing wall;summer alpine slides and coasters; and the Comet Bobsled, where a professional pilottakes up tothree passengers on a ride down the a bobsled trackat the resort's Utah Olympic Park, built for the 2002 Olympics. Yoga enthusiasts will enjoy being able to practice stand-up paddle board yogain an underground hot springs crater.The destinationalso hosts a numberof summer festivals and events in Park City, including a music festival, arts fest and bicycle race. Fishing enthusiasts take advantage of Park City'sthree neighboring rivers (the Green, the Provo and the Weber) that offer year-round blue-ribbon fly fishing, with the activity is at its peak during the summer months.BreckenridgeLocation: Breckenridge, ColoradoLocated in the heart of the Rockies, Breckenridge was flooded with prospectorssuccessfully searching for and findinggold in the 1800s. From 2008 to 2018, Breckenridge has seen 40% growth in occupancy during the destination's summer season, May through October, according to the Breckenridge Tourism Office. Historic records of snowfall were experienced this past ski season, which means optimal whitewater rafting and stand up-paddle boarding this summer.Over the pastdecade, the resort has expanded its summer offerings with on-mountain adventures. Open from June through September, Breckenridge's Epic Discovery is a combination of adventure pursuits on the mountain, including zip line tours,four-wheelerrides,scenic chairlifts,alpine slidesand mountain biking.GreekPeak Mountain ResortLocation:Cortland, New YorkLocated in the Finger Lakes region of central New York, GreekPeak Mountain Resort is a popular wintertime ski destination. The resort has transformed over the years to become a year-round hot spot for families and adventurers. "The resort reported a 29% increase in tourism from 2017 to 2018, an uphill climb that is expected to continue into this year's season," according to Kaitlyn Marie Head, Director of Sales and Marketing forGreekPeakMountain ResortGreekPeak Mountain Resort has an onsite Outdoor Adventure Center featuring a mountain coaster, a hybrid bungee trampoline;zip lining;a ropes course;as well as the Cascades Indoor Waterpark with a wave pool, four water slides, a cove and hot tubs.The resort added lift access to downhill mountain biking in 2016.Jackson Hole Mountain ResortLocation: Teton Village, WyomingOutdoor enthusiasts will appreciate Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's over 30miles of hiking and biking trails addedin the last few years. In addition, theVia Ferrata, an alpine climbing adventure through suspended bridges and along granite walls, made its debut in summer 2017.For the families, there are also a ropes course, bike park, climbing wall and Frisbee golf course for summer pursuits in the ski destination town. To see the destination from an elevation of10,450feet, the Jackson HoleAerial Tram holds 100 people and takes9 minutes to reach the summit."Jackson Hole Mountain Resorthas grown its summer business over the last decade - 10 years ago the summer business was approximately 12% of our total business,and now it is above 18%," says Anna Cole, Communications Director, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. "Our Aerial Tram is the most popular attraction,and visitation has grown year over year to over 150,000 riders each summer."

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When Hunter Rosenberg celebrated his first birthday and big brother Stone celebrated his third this year, the family purchased a swing set with a rock climbing wall for the backyard with half the money they received in combined gifts. The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation got the other half.Tara Sklar and Jonathan Rosenberg, the boys' parents, organized parties through ECHOage, an online social enterprise that has hosted more than 15,000 children's birthday parties and raised $3.3 million for more than 250 charitable partners since it was established in 2008 by Debbie Zinman and Alison Smith.The two Toronto mothers were looking to change the face of children's birthday parties by eliminating the often-tedious chore of shopping for presents (no one is sure what the child will want or like), by giving children the opportunity to choose charitable organizations as beneficiaries, and by giving parents the opportunity to have important conversations with kids about values. It's is also a way for charities, schools and other organizations to generate new funding sources.ECHOage gives parents the tools they need to manage a child's birthday party, including online party invitations and a secure way to contribute online. The money is pooled and divided equally between child and charity. (There is a credit card and processing charge of 4.9 per cent to the host and an administrative fee of 6.9 per cent plus $2.50 per donation on funds raised for the charity.) As well, there's an online RSVP manager, and gifts/donations are tracked online; a tax receipt for the portion of the gift to charity is sent."It is such a phenomenal service," said Sklar, who learned of ECHOage through word of mouth. The family was pleased to make a hospital the beneficiary of their children's celebrations: Son Stone came into this world at only 33 weeks and spent the first two months of his life in hospital."I just like the values that are tied into it," said Montreal-based Bonnie Levine, chief ambassador, Eastern Region, for ECHOage, and a mother of two daughters. "There is the convenience factor and also the knowledge that one is doing something for charity ... I believe that children like to play an active role, and this puts them in the driver's seat. They can choose the gift and choose the charity. They see the funds accumulate and they feel good."Levine has been involved with ECHOage since last fall: In Quebec, more than 3,000 children have attended 250 ECHOage parties and raised more than $34,000 for various charities.The company is now building on the children's birthday party platform to host other kinds of events, including milestone birthdays, anniversaries and holiday parties, with ECHOage Events; hosts can designate up to 100 per cent to charity. ; .For the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which begins Sept. 24 at sundown, people often send flowers or gifts to family and friends. The Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors Foundation of the Cummings Centre has an alternative: its Mitzvah Meals program. Funds raised benefit seniors in need of Meals on Wheels: A gift of $18 pays for two meals, $36 buys four and $54 buys seven. A customized card acknowledges the gift and a tax receipt is issued. Deadline for delivery before Rosh Hashanah is Sept. 17. 514-343-3529, Local 7316, or .
At Democratic Convention's Street Fest in Charlotte, Funnel Cake and Campaigning
CHARLOTTE - There were the electric cars, the climbing wall, the sustainable village and all the other things that Democrats like to show off on display at CarolinaFest, the street festival that kicked off the Democratic National Convention here Monday.And then there was the real purpose of the event, at least for President Obama's campaign."You want a free bumper sticker?" a young Obama worker shouted to people passing the president's campaign booth, standing three feet above them like a 21st-century carnival barker. "Text 62262 and you can have one. Did you do it? Perfect! Here you go."In the space of a few hours, organizers had passed out hundreds of bumper stickers, collecting just as many cellphone numbers and - they hope - new recruits who could help replicate the grass-roots force that grew out of the convention in Denver four years ago. Others trolled the crowd, estimated at 30,000, with clipboards looking for would-be voters to register. And volunteers asked for signatures to support women's initiatives and Obama's health-care law."There are a lot of volunteers passing by," said Samantha Steiner, 27, a Charlotte resident and registered independent who is not sure who she will vote for in November. "I don't necessarily identify with the Democratic Party, but the festival has allowed me to find ways to participate."CarolinaFest was meant to be many things for the Democratic Party. It was a classic Labor Day street party, with water-ice stands, funnel cakes and bouncy slides. It was a public-relations parade intended to portray Democrats as inclusive (it was free and open to the public), compassionate (it featured dozens of good-works demonstrations) and fun (who doesn't like a climbing wall?).The festival was interrupted twice during the day by short-lived but torrential downpours, and it was cut short by the threat of severe weather. James Taylor, the headline performer, was singing when organizers called it a night in the early evening.In some cases, the politics and the party were an odd mix.At one end of the festival, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer was spotted walking down the street in a suit and button-down shirt, taking in the scene.At the other end, organizers with the North Carolina AFL-CIO beckoned passers-by with a provocative offer: "Free hugs from union thugs!""You ready for a hug?" Lora Banner, a Teamsters member and United Parcel Service worker from nearby Gaston County in a blond up-do, asked one man who had strayed closer to the tent. "Come on over here!" She put her arms around him.Irritated that the Democrats chose to hold their convention in North Carolina, considered a non-union-friendly state, many labor groups scaled back or yanked their financial support for the event. The state AFL-CIO, however, opted to reach out for the folks on the street. By 4 p.m., a team of volunteers including schoolteachers, firefighters and other card-carrying union members estimated they had doled out about 400 hugs - and handed out cards showing how huggees could find a photo of their embrace on the organization's Web site."We thought it was a good way to show that union members are not scary people," said MaryBe McMillan, secretary treasurer of the state group.Even one of the centerpiece debates of the election campaign played out as street festival fare. Gagandeep Mangat, a radiologist from St. Petersburg, Fla., stood beside an RV belonging to Patients Over Politics, an initiative led by physicians in support of the Obama health-care law. "We are a group of physicians who want to make sure that people understand why it is important that we have this law," he said.As he tried to explain, he was interrupted by a California woman who wanted to know whether he supported adding a "holistic medicine component" to the law. Mangat emphasized the importance of simply preserving the law. "If we have the law then we could add anything to it," he said. Though the group is officially non-partisan, the doctors, who drove the RV from the Republican convention in Tampa to Charlotte, are also embarked on a voter registration effort they hope will help preserve the law. "This started because as doctors we were so frustrated that our health-care system was not working for the patients," said one of the group's founders, Alice Chen, an internist from Los Angeles, "and the only people talking about it were either policy people or politicians." Even the most lighthearted features of the festival carried a political, or at least cultural, message: A "Peace In, Peace Out" yoga booth. A "Youth Soccer for Social Change" game underway in a parking lot. "Naturals for Obama," a support group of black women who don't straighten their hair.Looming over all of that was a message from the Charlotte Diocese - a banner across the exterior wall of St. Peter's Catholic Church reading: "Protect the Unborn, defend marriage, safeguard religious liberty." Amy Argetsinger, Ann Gerhart and Ed O'Keefe contributed to this report.
Hoboken Reopens Playground at Church Square Park
HOBOKEN -- They couldn't be held back.As the ribbon was cut Thursday, some 50 smiling kids charged onto the new playground at Church Square Park, eager to test out the new futuristic-looking play equipment.The playground, which includes new slides, a dome-shaped jungle gym, swing bars and a climbing wall, has been restored as part of a $600,000 project to renovate the park at Fourth and Garden streets.The park is also getting new basketball courts in the next few weeks and renovated public restrooms, which will be completed by the end of December, said Health and Human Services Director Leo Pelligrini.The cost is being met with $55,000 raised through fundraising by the Hoboken Family Alliance, and the remainder comes from a $1.6 million fund approved by the City Council for improvements to parks across the city.Among the children trying out the new equipment were Hudson School kids. Harper van Doorn said it exceeded her expectations."We are really excited," said Harper. "There's a lot of new equipment."Children from the Hudson School use the park for recess twice a day and have been eagerly watching the renovations."It's a lot more modern and it's got a lot more things to do," said student Eric Olah-Reiken.Mayor Dawn Zimmer said some additions are still to be made, including new swings, but the city wanted to have the park open for kids for the holidays."This is our backyard," Zimmer said. "It's great to have good equipment for the younger kids to play on and for the older ones as well."
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From a whimsical white cabin to a castle in the forest, you would be forgiven for thinking these extravagant properties belong to the world's jet-set elite.But it is not tech entrepreneurs, celebrities or sporting superstars who call them home.For these stunning buildings are in fact play houses, built for some of the world's luckiest children.They range from professionally designed mega-structures to DIY back garden projects - but each is breathtaking in its own way.A 'princess pony' themed playhouse, for example, boasts a climbing wall, a dress-up station and a slide. It was built by specialist company Charmed Playhouses forfour-year-old Riley Curry, the daughter of Golden State Warriors basketball player Stephen, 29, in the grounds of their home in Oakland, California.Meanwhile blogger Melissa Barling got creative with a store-bought model, completely transforming the standard wood design to create a quaint outdoor cafe for her three children behind their Vancouver home.Mother-of-one Britt Overeem, from New South Wales, Australia, took a similarly crafty approach, creating an effortlessly cool clubhouse for daughter Maddie, three, with the help of her husband and father-in-law.Here, FEMAIL rounds up 10 playhouses that are so cool you'll want to move in...STORYBOOK CASTLE FEMININE FARMHOUSE BACKYARD CAFE PRINCESS PONY PLAYHOUSE BEACHSIDE CLUBHOUSE WILD HIDEAWAY CLASSIC WOOD CABIN BEDROOM DEN GIRLY COTTAGE LIVE LIKE RAPUNZEL
An a-Z of Children's Cruise Ship Activities
From cooking classes to dizzyingly fast water slides, here is a fun compilation of what's available for children of all ages on board ship A is for Animation:Cartoon-loving children have the opportunity to learn how to draw and create their own animations. Disney Cruise Line (0333 257 4587; ) do this better than most with professional artists at hand to help children create (possibly) the next Disney character.B is for Basketball:Families and children alike can enjoy a game of basketball on the upper decks of many ships. Most Norwegian Cruise Line (0845 201 8900; ) ships offer a fitness centre. The basketball courts are often on the top-most deck, so it feels as if you're playing in mid-air, with only the sea below.C is for Cooking:Junior master chefs can join the professionals in learning learn the art of pizza and biscuit making, and even sushi preparation. Apart from travelling for free children will get plenty of attention on board an MSC (0203 426 3010; ) ship where crew - including chefs - will help them create dishes.C is also for crow's nest - which you can climb the rigging to, on the much smaller Star Clipper ships.D is for Dance:From theatrical performances to contemporary dance there are endless opportunities for youngsters to hit the dance floor. Princess Cruises' newest ship Royal Princess (0843 774 4444; ) has an outdoor dancing area for teenagers as well as with a DJ booth and lounge area with foosball, hip-hop dance classes, Skee-ball and video games.E is for Excursions:from bobsledding in Jamaica to camel riding in Lanzarote and submarine trips in the Caribbean almost all family-friendly cruises will have shore excursions designed to keep the whole family busy and entertained. This could be a rare opportunity for family time - on board the children may well be enjoying the kids' clubs or spending all their time with other children their age.Many cruise lines have snorkelling gear and offer guided sessions for children (photo: Alamy) F is for Fashion:Budding fashionistas can showcase their talents at on-board fashion shows, often using their own creations. For the 12 to 14 year-olds Carnival (0843 374 2272; ) has devised a space called Circle C, in which teenagers can decorate their own T-shirts. And on Royal Caribbean's (0844 493 4005; ) Barbie-themed cruises there's a catwalk show.G is for ship's Galley:Go behind the scenes and take a tour of the galley (the kitchen to landlubbers!). Princess Cruises usually offers a couple of ship tours each day on sea days. Families can visit the engine control room, medical centre, print shop, laundry, photo lab, bridge, and other areas typically seen only by the ship's crew.H is for Hip Hop:Learn from the professionals at hip-hop classes. With Royal Caribbean (0844 493 4005; ) you could dance 24/7 if you want. On Freedom and Oasis-class ships you have Bebop with DreamWorks, penguins and pandas and salsa in the Latin club, Boleros. There are family disco nights, pre-dinner fox-trotting, dancing-under-the-stars pool parties and DJs on the decks in specially designed teenager-only clubs.I is for Ice skating:Children and parents alike can learn the ropes on the ice or show off their skills as well as watching the professionals in some spectacular ice shows. Royal Caribbean offers ice rinks and ice-skating classes tailored to age groups and level of expertise.J is for Jukeboxes:Budding DJs can tailor the evening's tunes according to their taste. The teenager's lounge on Norwegian Epic resembles a night-club and the music selection is left up to discerning youngsters.The Norwegian Epic Teens Lounge (photo: Norwegian Cruise Line) K is for kids' clubs:these come in every shape and size, from toddlers to teens - all are catered for.L is for Late nights:The fun continues with late-night movies, pool parties and sports activities. Apart from its Ocean and Pacific ships, Princess Cruises offers late-night movies and teens-only dinner parties. A great way for young adults to let down their hair in the safe confines of the ship.M is for Movies on deck:Royal Princess, Carnival Dream, some Royal Caribbean ships and most MSC cruise ships screen films out on deck.M is also for Mocktail Mixology:Princess (teens programme), Carnival and Royal Caribbean all offer place where children can learn how to make their own mocktails with professional bartenders showing how it's done.N is for Nature:there are countless opportunities on board and ashore for children of all ages to learn about local and ocean wildlife with fun and insightful talks. Many ships offer guided excursions ashore. Be sure to sign up early.Children can enjoy expert talks about marine life with Celebrity (photo: Celebrity) O is for Open Mic:Superstars in the wings can showcase their talents with open-mic karaoke nights. On Allure and Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean offers "open-mi" and karaoke competitions as part of its 12 to 14-year-old children's programme.P is for Pirates:There's no better environment than a cruise ship to really feel like a pirate, whether dressing like one or joining the pirate parties. Disney Cruise Line offers the ultimate Pirate Party - crew dress in pirate outfits and pirate-themed songs blast through the decks. Captain Hook makes an appearance and when, naturally, Mickey saves the day there are celebratory fireworks.P is also for Plank - which extends over the sea from the top deck and can be walked on board Norwegian's newest ships.Q is for Quizzes:For all the family, there's a wide array of quizzes and game shows throught the voyage - especially on sea days. The Teen Zone on Cunard's (0843 374 2224; ) ships includes table tennis tournaments, team games, quizzes and bingo during the evenings.R is for Rock climbing:Dare-devil youngsters can scale to the top of a rock-climbing wall. Norwegian Breakaway - and most of Norwegian's fleet - is known for its adventure programmes. The climbing wall is one of the main features.Climbing wall on Norwegian Breakaway (photo: Norwegian Cruise Line) S is for Surfing:Ride the waves on the upper deck with surf simulators (called the FlowRider) aboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas.T is for Table Tennis:For those budding Olympic champions... Thomson Cruises' (024 7628 2228; ) Sports Deck is kitted out for basketball, tennis, volleyball, and five-a-side football.U is for Underwater : Children will need their goggles for the games and competitions that take place underwater.V is for Volleyball:The perennial beach favourite can more often than not be enjoyed on an upper-deck court. At Sports Square, an expansive outdoor recreation area aboard Carnival's Magic and Breeze ships, you can play basketball, volleyball or soccer on a multi-purpose court.W is for Water parks:An absolute must for any family cruising with children. Norwegian Breakaway has a massive water park with loops, fast slides, mini rivers and a small pool for the very young.The water park on Norwegian Breakaway (photo: Norwegian Cruise Line) X is for X Box:For computer games lovers there are large scale X-Box tournaments which will keep children entertained for hours. Celebrity's family-friendly cruises have a Wi-Fi connected X-Box room featuring all the games you could possibly want. Make sure they get some sun.Y is for yawning - there'll be no need to concern yourself with sleepless nights on board a cruise ship. The little mites will be exhausted. 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Fishing Shows in Ohio
Ohio has miles of Lake Erie coastline, and to the south, the Ohio River. It is home to over 174,000 acres of state parks with lakes and rivers known for fishing. The Fish Ohio program recognizes anglers for noteworthy catches, which have included blue catfish, sauger and rock bass, and steelhead trout. Ohio also hosts a variety of fishing shows throughout the year for anglers of every age.Cincinnati Hunting & Fishing ShowTypically held in January at the Duke Energy Convention Center, the Cincinnati Hunting & Fishing Show draws exhibitors and outfitters from across the United States and Canada, featuring some of the latest gear on the market. Daily seminars are held, covering a variety of topics, including big-game fishing, and the show has daily contests for attendees.Cincinnati Hunting & Fishing ShowHart Productions, Inc.2234 Bauer Road, Suite BBatavia, OH 45103(877) Sport, Travel & Outdoor ShowThe Cleveland Sport, Travel & Outdoor Show is northeast Ohio's original and longest-running sports show. It is typically held in February and features over 215,000 square feet of exhibitors and attractions, boats, trucks, ATVs and the latest gear. The show features lectures and presentations every hour, and an interactive hunting and fishing camp learning center provides helpful tips and advice from industry experts. The show includes fishing in a trout pond, a rock-climbing wall, exotic animals and interactive shows for kids. Cleveland Sport, Travel & Outdoor ShowGreat Lakes Exposition Center1200 Babbitt RoadEuclid, OH 44132(800) 600-0307sportandtravel.comOhio Muskie ShowThe Ohio Muskie Show is held in Powell, just outside Columbus, in late February. The show features seminars by national, regional and local professional muskie fishermen. Local retailers, tackle companies, guides, resort locations and clubs from around Ohio are typically in attendance. Ohio Muskie ShowRLW Promotions3134 Brandon RoadColumbus, OH 43221(513) 600-3457ohiomuskieshow.comArticle Written By A.C. BauerA.C. Bauer is a seasoned adventurist with explorations spanning four continents, including hiking Machu Picchu, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, running the Ice Age Trail and road biking out of her front door. She has written marketing materials for eight years and worked for Red Bull, Disney and Dick's Sporting Goods, and received a master's in recreation and sport science from Ohio University.
Fighting Childhood Obesity, One Playground at a Time
With the agility of a squirrel, Zoe Antczak-Chung, 8, bounded across the monkey bars at Palisades Recreation Center in the District. She slipped her lanky legs through the bars, released her hands and dangled upside down with glee."Did you catch that?" Zoe asked before jumping down and heading to the pull-up rings. In a matter of seconds, she leapt up, grabbed the rings and completed a set of pull-ups that would put most grown-ups to shame."She's gotten quite good at those," said Agni Chung, Zoe's mom. "Her twin brother likes the climbing wall, goes up and down like 25 times. It's a great outlet to release some energy."Palisades has one of the area's several fitness clusters, a type of playground designed for kids to improve their balance, agility and strength. These are not your average swing-and-slide sets; they're more like mini-military training grounds in crayon colors. Clusters vary in size and complexity but often feature at least six components, including balance beams, parallel bars, sit-up benches and chin-up bars. Unlike the raw wood and steel structures of my 1980s childhood, clusters often come with protective coating to reduce injuries. "Part of the recommendations for physical activity for kids is to not only get aerobic activity, but muscle and strength activity," said Dawn Podulka Coe, an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sports Studies at the University of Tennessee. "So monkey bars, where they're holding their bodyweight . . . anything where they're loading the muscle and the bones is going to help strengthen them."As much as Zoe enjoyed careering down the slide at Palisades, she explained, "It's a lot of fun to climb up [the ropes] and swing from the monkey bars." Years of gymnastics made her a bit of a daredevil, her mom said, but the playground seemed to bring that out in kids of all ages. That day at the park, there were mostly little ones scampering about, save for a few children around Zoe's age making their way through the cluster."It's good that they have this space," Chung said. "It's combines many physical activities and motor skills for every age."Playgrounds have had some iteration of fitness clusters for decades. Lynne Vanderveer of PlayPower said the company introduced its "Miracle Junior Challenge Course," a 13-station obstacle course, in the 1970s. Landscape Structures out of Minnesota rolled out its first cluster in 1991 and has since sold hundreds of units across the country, according to product manager Jill Dunning-Harris. Coe of the University of Tennessee said clusters have become especially popular across the country as communities have grown concerned about childhood obesity. Nearly 1 in 3 children in America is overweight or obese, triple the proportion of 30 years ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During that time, schools have cut back on gym classes and after-school sports, making public parks and recreation centers a critical resource for physical activity.Although playgrounds have always been a good place for such activity, Coe said, today there is more of a focus on using the equipment to improve core strength and balance, which is key to fundamental motor skills such as running and jumping."These types of playgrounds allow kids to engage in different activities to work on all components of fitness, including aerobic fitness, muscular strength and muscular endurance," she said. It's been two years since the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation renovated the playground in Palisades as a part of its Play D.C. initiative. The $35million program has allowed the city to spruce up 45 play spaces in that time. "While we wanted to make sure the equipment was fun, we absolutely wanted to create a space that would increase the health and wellness of our residents," explained John Stokes, a spokesman for the department. He said the city plans to renovate one to two playgrounds a year from now on. Sparks at Play, which supplies playground equipment, installed fitness clusters at four of the play spaces renovated by the city, including the one at Palisades. The Owings Mill, Md., company works with Landscape Structures, which has created eight publicly accessible playgrounds in the Washington region, including Little Paint Branch Park in Beltsville."The District has been very good at integrating a variety of features into their parks," said Stephanie Sparks, who handles project development for the company. "There's been a really big push among many of our clients to create spaces that keep kids, parents and grandparents engaged."A cluster, she said, can run anywhere from $1,200 to $6,000, depending on the size and features. While most of the demand comes from regional parks, she said, a growing number of health-care facilities have expressed interest in using clusters for rehabilitation therapy.Although most clusters are designed for children younger than 12, Sparks said many are perfect for older kids to train for team sports. The clusters at Harry Thomas Sr. Recreation Center and Raymond Recreation Center in the District are separated from the play spaces for small children, leaving enough room for teenagers and adults to get in a workout."The city thought it was really important to take a holistic approach to play spaces," Stokes said. "While there's equipment for the youngsters, there is also equipment that adults can use to stay in shape."
Superliners Offer More Choice - .au
Royal Caribbean's 'Radience of the Seas' at port in Sydney Harbour. Picture: SuppliedSource:SuppliedAS SYDNEY celebrates the arrival of the biggest superliner to call the Harbour City home in Radiance of the Seas (pictured) this month and its owners plans to send an even bigger ocean liner potential cruise passengers can look forward to great deals and new itineraries.Suddenly it is about choice for you, not the line, as lines such as Royal Caribbean International, P&O Cruises, Princess, Holland America, Celebrity, Carnival, Cunard and more offer new itineraries, new deals and new prices.At the same time, operators are quietly urging the NSW Government to fast-track infrastructure improvements to allow bigger and better ships to call Australia home, possibly including turning the Garden Island naval base into a cruise terminal.Bear in mind cruise ships are floating resorts quite happy to steer to places like China as home ports if demand and infrastructure is there. At the moment they see Australia as a huge market that will deliver lucrative deals for local guests and a massive payoff as thousands of Americans and Europeans come south to enjoy Australian, New Zealand and Pacific waters provided the infrastructure works.That's why this month Sydney became home for a season to the Royal Caribbean International liner Radiance of the Seas, the biggest ship to call Australia home for a season.Launched in 2001, and undergoing a massive multimillion-dollar refit in May before its Sydney sojourn, it is the largest ship to make Australia its home port for the 2011/12 cruise season. Its not-so-smaller sister Rhapsody of the Seas already has given locals a taste of RCI style.At 293m long, Radiance of the Seas carries about 2100 passengers, with features including a basketball court, mini golf, dedicated cinema, kids' swimming area with waterslide, nine-deck atrium, sea-view glass elevators and 12 dining venues.The ship also offers Royal Caribbean's signature rock climbing, along with an adults-only solarium, spa and fitness centre, children's Adventure Ocean club, Casino Royale and Broadway style theatre.There is also the massive outdoor LED video screen overlooking the main pool area, the English-styled Quill & Compass Pub among many eating options, which have doubled during the refit, plus a variety of kids' clubs facilities.Radiance of the Seas' season highlights include five 14 and 16-night cruises to New Zealand and two 12-night cruises to the South Pacific; a seven-night Tasmania itinerary, sailing on February 12 next year, with overnight stops in Melbourne and Hobart; two opportunities to circumnavigate the continent by combining a new 16-night Top End voyage from Sydney to Perth (Fremantle) with an 18-night southern return voyage to Sydney via southern Australia and New Zealand.This time next year Sydney will greet RCI's Voyager of the Seas built at a cost of $US500 million ($A491 million) and measuring 311m long and 48m wide, about twice the size of most cruise ships now based in the region.With 1556 staterooms, it can carrying up to 3840 guests and facilities range from an ice rink, inline skating track, rock-climbing wall, nine-hole mini golf course, golf simulator, full-size sports court, three swimming pools, six whirlpools, a teen disco and an Adventure Beach water park.The 11 dining venues include the three-storey, 1920-seat main dining room which will be the largest restaurant in Australia and 13 lounges and bars, a 1350-seat theatre, spa centre, wedding chapel and art gallery among other facilities.While all this sounds exciting, RCI president Adam Goldstein in Sydney to talk to authorities about the future noted Sydney needs far better facilities to deal with existing cruise traffic, let alone the new generation of ships.After talks with ministers and bureaucrats about shortcomings at the Overseas Passenger Terminal and Darling Harbour, he was cryptic about whether Garden Island should become a cruise port, but noted there was not enough enthusiasm for Sydney the great harbour city to become a great cruise hub which in turn would spread the wealth to all other Australian ports of call."Americans and Europeans want to come down here in international ships like ours Sydney has to be a robust hub of the cruise wheel and I don't think the leadership in NSW has fully taken that on. It is a great opportunity."Originally published as Superliners offer more choice
Yorkshire Cavern Opens to Tourists Who Dare to Drop In
THIS weekend is one of only two all year where you can be winched into the 300ft deep Gaping Gill, a huge underground cavern in the Yorkshire Dales.Here, JAMES ELLIS tests the winch and recommends four other bank holiday adventure ideas in Yorkshire.Imagine sitting on a chair as the floor gives way below, and starting a slow descent into the unknown.Then throw in a fast-flowing waterfall that's twice as high as Niagara, and the fact you have no idea where you're going, while getting sprayed with freezing cold water on the way.If that sounds like some kind of horror film, it's what the good folk of the Craven and Bradford pothole clubs do for fun.And thanks to them, there are two weekends a year when the rest of us can have a go.Gaping Gill is an underground cave so massive it could house St Paul's Cathedral.It is located halfway up Ingleborough (Yorkshire's second highest peak) and only accessible by the best abseilers.That is until the local cavers host winch meetings on the late-May and August bank holidays to allow anyone else to have a go - no experience required. Descents cost £15per person.Remember Total Wipeout, the TV game show that pitted people against each other on ginormous inflatable obstacles over a lake?Well now you can do the same at Sheffield Cable Waterski's Aqua Park, which opened this month. The biggest in the country, it's set on a lake in the pretty Rother Valley Country Park. Obstacles include a 27ft floating trampoline, a 9ft climbing wall and a giant ladder that leads to an equally giant slide.Sessions at the park start from £15 per person.Billy Connolly fans take note - if you want a totally different way of seeing the Dales, jump on the back of a motorised Boom trike with Yorkshire Trike Tours.Driver/owner Jason holds themed trips exploring the gorgeous countryside, including offerings based on the 2014 Tour de France route and James Herriot locations.On the way, Jason offers expert commentary to two passengers on the back via Bluetooth headsets. Tours start from £50 per person.So yes, the Yorkshire Dales are hilly, but they're nothing like the Andes, which is what makes trekking with llamas past dry-stone walls and over farmland such a unique experience.They aren't strong enough to ride, so a trek is a little more like taking your llama for a long walk.Don't believe all you read - they don't spit at people, but there is a gentle hum as they go about their business following you uphill and down dale. Treks start from £30 per person.Tim Barber is a rare breed, an approved Blue Badge guide who specialises in tours around Yorkshire.His private Fossils And Sea Monsters tours start in Scarborough before exploring the Jurassic Coast and discovering dinosaur fossils that are more than 150 million years old.Once you know what to look for, there's the chance to scour the cliffs and see if you can find your own fossils.The half-day tours are taken in his 4x4 and include pick up, drop off and snacks. Tim's tours start from £300 for four people.For these and more Yorkshire adventures, see
Santa Baby's Billion-dollar Christmas: Let's Add Up the Cost
You've seen this one before, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" story that tallies up the cost of all the bizarre gifts offered in the song. It's a tale as old as time: Some guy gives his significant other a steady stream of trees, birds and leaping lords over nearly two weeks - an expensive proposition and almost certainly an unwelcome one. (That the gifts are so terrible and cumbersome makes us assume the giver is a man.)It's one way to think about the evolving cost of life in the wealthy West. But it falters in part because none of this is relatable. No one aspires to receive eight milkmaids, let alone 40. No one wants all those geese.So, let's aim higher.In 1953, Eartha Kitt recorded "Santa Baby," a song that is a testament to the more capitalist tendencies the season can evoke. Over the course of a dozen sultry stanzas, Kitt asked for the sorts of gifts that any luxury-seeker could imagine: nice cars, fancy homes and a few blank cheques. Talk about true love.So let's figure out just how much fulfilling her Christmas wish list would cost."Santa baby, slip a sable under the tree for me ..."Sable: $88,000So a sable is a small weasel-like animal, as you may know, that mostly lives in Russia. Kitt is not requesting a pet. She wants its fur, fashioned into a coat.We'll start by noting that, in this analysis, we are not going to skimp. You could probably roll up to the Goodwill in Beverly Hills and stumble across a weathered sable that you could take home for $100 or so. But the point of this exercise is extravagance.Sable coats are some of the most expensive furs you can buy - especially, we are told, when they come from elusive wild sables in Siberia's Barguzin region, which can run into the six figures. The most expensive sable we found was a Russian sable short coat from Neiman Marcus, which will set you back $88,000 (all figures U.S.).One item off the checklist."Santa baby, a '54 convertible too, light blue ..."Convertible: $1.75 millionKitt's song was released in 1953. So we have a problem, as we are considering this in 2018: Is she asking specifically for a 1954 convertible or is she actually asking for the most recently available model?No reason not to consider both.For example, an extremely appealing 1954 Jaguar XK120 is available in the Netherlands, painted a very lovely shade of light blue. It can be yours for the low price of $157,950, including the $1,500 required for it to be shipped to New Jersey, helping Santa avoid fitting it on his sleigh.If Kitt was looking for the most expensive convertible she can buy today, things get a lot more expensive awfully quickly. The most expensive car one can buy appears to be a Rolls-Royce Sweptail, which sells for $13 million, but it isn't a convertible. The Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is, but it's a concept car. So let's stick with something more practical like a Ferrari 812 Superfast. It retails for about $1.75 million, for which cost you get a very slick sports car but not a windshield. (Buy your own! How much could it be?)The cars are sold out for 2019, but what good would Santa's elves be if they couldn't fulfil a Christmas wish?"Santa baby, I want a yacht and really that's not a lot ..."Yacht: $455 millionIn concept, a yacht is what a layperson might call a sailboat. But we're thinking luxury here, which means superyachts, those massive water wedges that look like a Carnival cruise ship's little cousin. The Azzam, for instance, is a 590-foot long vessel that costs $600 million to build.But instead of picking that up from the president of the United Arab Emirates, let's get a little more topical to the news. Let's hook up Kitt with the Serene, a 439-foot boat that was formerly owned by a Russian vodka tycoon and now belongs to the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman. Its amenities include an indoor climbing wall, a children's playroom, a spa, several swimming pools, an underwater viewing room, two helipads and a conference room, in case you need to have a business meeting in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Convenient.Mohammed bought the vessel in 2015 for a reported $458 million. He (or someone) also ran it aground near Egypt last year, so let's knock a few million off for that. "Santa honey, one thing I really do need, the deed / To a platinum mine ..."Platinum mine: $461 millionOne interesting aspect to compiling this list is you learn random things, such as the indigenous range of the sable and that most of the world's platinum production is in South Africa. (The industry that has the most use for platinum? Car manufacturers.)Platinum mines, like any other real estate, I suppose, do come up for sale on occasion. One did in South Africa a few years ago, a deal was finalized in the winter between Anglo American Platinum and Siyanda Resources. The cost? Siyanda paid 400 million South African rand up front and a stake in output for the next decade totalling no more than 6 billion rand.This gets a bit tricky, since I'm not sure whether the "Santa Baby" recipient plans to mine the platinum to generate revenue or what. But let's go with that 6 billion rand sale price, which makes it $461 million. "Santa cutie, and fill my stocking with a duplex and cheques ..."Duplex: $17.95 millionKitt lived mostly in the New York City area, so we figured it made sense to find a nice duplex somewhere in Manhattan. (Unlike much of the country, where a duplex is a house that's been split into two units, a Manhattan duplex is an apartment that spans two floors in a building.)Such a home is available in the penthouse of a building on Central Park South, along 59th Street at the southern end of Central Park. Among its amenities are an onyx chandelier, a wood-burning fireplace, a terrace overlooking the park and a bathtub that does the same. Penthouse 16 has "been featured in numerous films, TV shows, documentaries and photo shoots," the Zillow listing indicates, "including NBC's 30 Rock with Whoopi Goldberg (EGOT), Showtime's Billions, HBO series Vinyl with Martin Scorsese (d)irecting on location, ABC movie Madoff starring Richard Dreyfus, Dreamgirls with Jennifer Hudson, Obama's re-election campaign video featuring Ricky Martin and Did You Hear about the Morgans starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant."Another thing you learn writing about the song "Santa Baby" is that Whoopi Goldberg has won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony (EGOT) awards.Cheques: FreeAs for the requested cheques, this one seems fairly simple. Santa hands over some cheques he got free from the bank.Honestly, it's not even clear that these cheques would do much good. Does Santa have cash reserves? Does he need them? What would he spend money on? If your answer is "paying the elves," well, I have some grim news for you. Pacific Standard did some analysis and determined those elves might be working as slave labour. It's a rough gig, living at the North Pole, surrounded by reindeer, having to cobble together Italian sports cars using carpentry tools.Anyway, that article also speculated Santa takes cookies from houses, repackages them and sells them online, so take all of it with a grain of salt."Come and trim my Christmas tree / With some decorations bought at Tiffany ..."Ornaments by Tiffany: $24,400We all know what Kitt's getting at here. She wants to see her Christmas tree shine with sparkling ornaments of the diamond and silver variety.Well, unfortunately for Kitt, Tiffany has branched out since 1953 and now sells Christmas ornaments at its stores. There are 14 designs, from snowflakes to bells to a little sled, ranging in price from $65 to $300. How many ornaments do we need? Let's assume it's going in our Manhattan duplex, where the walls look to be about 10 feet high. We're told that a 10-foot tree can hold 120 to 160 ornaments.So let's just say we get 10 of each of the Tiffany ornament designs for a total of 140 ornaments."Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing, a ring ..."Ring: $71.2 millionKitt's last request is a simple one: A ring. So let's go all out.Meet the Pink Star, a 59.6-carat oval-shaped flawless pink diamond. At nearly half an ounce in weight, it's one big rock to carry around on your finger.It's now known as the CTF Pink Star, having been purchased at auction in 2017 by the chairman of a jewelry company Chow Tai Fook. He called Sotheby's and said something like, "I will pay $71.2 million for that diamond," and Sotheby's said, "You got it," and that was the deal.Now, Santa is going to buy it and give it to someone for Christmas.That is the end of Kitt's list. The rest of the song is exhortations for Santa to hurry up and come through with the goods.So what's the total? To fulfil Kitt's requests would cost, by our estimate, just more than $1 billion. Most of that - more than $900 million - is the platinum mine and the yacht.It's a lot of money, certainly. But at the end of the day, which would you rather have, an apartment overlooking Central Park or 12 pear trees? If you get a sudden hankering for a bunch of drummers drumming, ask them if they've ever seen a climbing wall on a yacht. How could they pass up an opportunity like that?
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