All-things-animal magazines written for kids 12 and younger teach about anatomy, habitat, and socialization in photos, articles, and games
Zoobooks, Zootles, or Zoobies Magazine
Zazzle Custom Flat Invitations & Announcements
Variety of personalized templates for cards or invitations to baby showers, weddings, and birthday parties
Up to 63% Off Chinese or ESL Classes at Cominda Academy
Fun and effective one-on-one classes in Chinese or English as a second language stimulate student's passion for learning
56% Off Custom Framed Name from Frame The Alphabet
Frame the Alphabet
Black-and-white or sepia photos of trees, signs, and other found objects double as letters to spell names or words encased in frames
57% Off Personalized Alphabet Photography
Sticks and Stones
Oprah-endorsed artwork frames images of found objects such as trees, fences, and signs that double as letters to spell a name or word
A Fabric workshop where all ages can get their craft on and make anything from a mini pillow or monster doll to a swirly skirt or decorate a pair of flip flops
The experienced staff at Tullio’s Pottery Place creates a safe and respectful environment for potters of all levels of experience to learn. In the spacious studio, instructors guide students through throwing, painting, and firing their own masterworks. Ladies’ Night, Date Night, and Parents’ Night Off parties give grownups a creative outlet where they can bedeck premade pieces of pottery with stencils, their own designs, or re-creations of the bowl that Gene Hackman wore over his face for the entirety of The Poseidon Adventure. Pupils can get their hands dirty during 6- or 12-week personalized classes, with unlimited time provided during the week for them to finish work started in each session. Raku firings with a large selection of glazes are offered twice monthly.
For more than 25 years, Drama Kids International has nurtured thousands of thespian students and kids simply searching for an engaging activity, instilling children with the ability to speak clearly and confidently. Classes focus on sharpening articulated speech and encouraging creative expression. Children are placed in classes according to their age group: the Lower Primary (ages 5–8) teaches kids how to deliver lines and hone social skills, the Upper Primary (ages 9–11) delves into improvisation and dramatic movement, and the DKI Acting Academy (ages 12–17) preps scene-stealers on how to audition for their dream role. Each class includes a variety of activities for kids to unleash their imagination, which develops their dramatic abilities in a fun, easy-going setting. Drama Kids instructors foster an open, comfortable acting environment. Call ahead to schedule the first class and start your child down the path of becoming one of the more notable Baldwin brothers.
With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).
There are few online reviews for Vêvion Institute, but there are testimonials available on its website:
At Jerry’s Artarama, resident artists draw on personal experience and channel the shop's four decades in business to help create works in nearly any medium. Shelves bravely bear the weight of multitudinous tubes of paint ranging from traditional oil paints made from 150-year-old processes, to easy-to-use acrylic pigments. Artists can wield a Mejillo TruColor palette to serve as a launching pad for paints, or take up PrismaColor colored pencils to add vivid pigmentation to sketches. For more specialized projects, customers can stock up on the store's street-art supplies and screen-printing kits.
Meanwhile, the framing professionals at Jerry’s Artarama navigate a bounty of glass, mats, mounting, and moulding options to personalize the framing of photos, watercolor landscapes, and napping bats. Frame options include the warm whorls of wooden frames as well as silver, black, or gold aluminum frames to complement any work's color scheme.
Hands On Pottery equips artists with an assorted stockpile of unmarked pottery and food-safe paints so they can fill china cabinets and gift boxes with hand-decorated dishes. Feel free to pair up lonely flatware with plates of multiple sizes ($13–$19), give flowers a place to rest their laurels in a glazed vase ($13–$32), or let incontinent coffeepots drain into one of several styles of mug ($13–$17). Guests can also affix a refrigerator magnet ($3) to prop up reminders to close the refrigerator, or decorate a piggy bank as a reminder to save up to buy a real pig ($13).
ClayNation gives aspiring and amateur artists a fun, creative atmosphere where they can paint provided bisqueware with a variety of vibrant paints and tools. Once you've singled out your makeover recipient from ClayNation's inventory of more than 300 pieces (ranging in price from $1 to $100), use the design center's idea books, stencils, and more than 70 colors of paint to translate the masterpieces of your mind into a visionary mug, plate, frame, and more. Adorn an urn with your favorite high-speed chase scene from The Benny Hill Show, or paint a mug in coffee-colored camouflage and convince coworkers you have the power to levitate liquids. The talented staff will perform an emergency airlift if you find yourself in a creative or uncomfortable slump. Once you finish, they will fire up your piece in the kiln and return it to you fully matured within about a week.
Learn the art of pottery through our ceramic art classes, using the potters wheel and ceramic sculpting, in a professional, spacious and well lit studio centrally located.
Creative Music Center’s skilled teachers have been nurturing musical talent in students of all ages and skill levels for nearly three decades, earning recognition for their efforts with a Best Music Lessons and Instruments award from Moffly Media readers in 2009. They achieve this high level of instruction by adapting their teaching styles to the needs of each pupil rather than insisting that everyone play Mozart or eat sheet music for breakfast. While private lessons prep students to play everything from the viola to the trombone, teachers also foster camaraderie through group lessons for piano and guitar. Students who haven’t hollowed out a baguette to make their own French horn can rent or buy an instrument from the center, which stocks brands such as Yamaha and Fender.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Brands Used: Parma, Koford, Proslot & Stupid Fast
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Smart kids race free program
Recommended Age Group: All ages
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
We have over 21 national and world champions that race out this raceway. Many race around the country and the world at all the biggest slot-car championships.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Watching kids racing every Thursday night. Seeing them compete and enjoy the hobby I love.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We run some of the best birthday parties and we are able to keep it affordable.
Diane Garetano's school—whose curriculum covers piano as well as other instruments—was an immediate success in the first year. She was renting space to accommodate her ever-expanding student body and the pianos that kept sprouting extra keys. Today, The Piano Studio for Kids imparts instrument skills at two locations. The school also has evolved in terms of technique, with instructors now incorporating even more methods built on fun, structure, and positive reinforcement. Once a year, students may elect to show off the fruits of these labors, with admission free of charge at a recital culminating in certificates, gift bags, and applause.
Huntington Bay Music's instructors are rarely seen without a guitar in their hands or glued to their stomach. But while they keep their axes close, the teachers also instruct students a variety of other instruments, from piano to violin. To complement their lessons, the duo outfits budding musicians with guitars, also available as rentals.
It’s not always easy to know everything going on in your community, but The Hour’s comprehensive reporting gives citizens in Fairfield County a near-complete perspective on local news and events. Each section, whether read in its paper, online, or tablet version, is filled with in-depth news that covers local and national happenings down to community events, opinion columns, and sports. The You Report section even encourages locals to fill in the gaps in local news with their own accounts of newsworthy goings-on, such as the accomplishments of locals or the progress of the new plant Mrs. Johnson hopes not to overwater. Among the paper’s popular sections, the entertainment calendar keeps readers up-to-date with upcoming art exhibits, concerts, and lectures, and the business section helps gauge local economic progress.