Now that the dizzying warmth of the holidays has exited our homes, we're finally left to our own devices. But what are we to do with what's left of winter? In these the lame duck months of January, February and March, it can be a challenge to come up with ways to tide ourselves over until patio season. Never to fear friends, although Atlanta may not have an indoor seaside retreat for us to hibernate in, that doesn't mean we're short on options. Here are some of our favorite ways to shake our indoor itch.
Get to Paddlin'
It's no secret, Atlanta loves its ping pong. And lucky for us, there's no shortage of locations where we can get our fix. Whether you choose to bracket-up in Church's Monday night tournaments or chow down on some slider sandwiches between matches at Victory Sandwich, there's plenty of opportunity for seasoned pros and amateurs to have their time with the paddle. For those looking to take their game to the next level, look no further than the Decatur Rec Center which sports twelve tables for open play on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Get in the Zone
Skyzone that is. What better place to unleash our inner eight year-old than a giant, indoor trampoline park? They've got everything trampoline related. For those of us who are a bit too competitive, there are dodgeball matches. Those who resolved to get fit in 2014 can take part in their Skyfitness classes. And the rest of us, who simply have the ache can strap on our Skysocks and hop around for up to two hours.
Join the Circus
Circus Arts Institute is our ace in the hole for off-the-beaten path activities, and their trapeze class is one of our favorite ways to let loose after being cooped up for too long. Want to learn to fly? Beginner's classes are only $44 to learn the basics, but make sure to sign up in advance. Pro-tip: Stay away from the hand/body lotion the day of class, so as to ensure a steady grip when learning the ropes.
Rally your favorite climbing buddy and head over to Collier road. Nothing beats a day at Atlanta Rocks! climbing gym to shake our cabin fever. Boasting more than 12,000 square feet of seamless climbing surface, it's our go-to spot to belay the day away. No need to bring your own harness or climbing shoes – rentals are readily available on-site. There are classes available for hobbyists or daily passes for just $15.
Take your roller-skates for a spin
Ladies, it's high-time we dusted off our good ol' Moxi skates and took 'em to the rink again. The Atlanta Roller Girls host a rec league for our inner beasts to be unleashed. The eight week intensive includes two practices a week, with long-time pro Jim Blair consulting on speed and endurance. Best of all? No tryouts necessary. Just choose your level – aptly named G, PG and R – and make sure to bring your quads (and protective gear).
Head to your local watering hole
No, we're not suggesting going belly up and boding the time until spring awakens. There just happen to be plenty of bars around town with a slew of indoor activities. Looking to unleash your inner pool shark? We suggest heading over to Twain's Billiards and Tap to sip on some suds over one of their eleven regulation pool tables. Plus, for the easily distracted, there's also dart lanes, shuffleboard tables and foosball to be played. For those who specialize in retiree sports, there's no better destination than the west-side's Ormsby's which hosts backgammon, bocce, darts, pool and shuffleboard.
Unleash your inner gaming nerd
Okay, so some intense rounds of NBA Jam may not actually count as exercise to some, but for those of us who have worked up a sweat getting our hoops on fire – gaming counts. You'll have a hard time releasing our grips from the joysticks of Joystick on these wintry evenings. With games ranging from the classics like Ms. Pac Man and Mortal Kombat to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, a night at the game bar is a [competition-driven] stroll down memory lane. For gamers who would like a little more elbow room than Edgewood has to offer, we nominate Game-X. At long last, our childhood fantasies of playing skeeball with a brew in our hand have come to fruition. And did we mention there's Gigantic Connect 4? Let the hijinks commence.