The kickboxing classes at Explosive Sports MMA & Fitness are deceptively named—they cover much more than kickboxing. Beyond training on speed bags and heavy bags, students work with weight poles, dumbbells, and medicine balls in exercises that range from plyometrics and strength training to MMA moves. For more combative workouts, full-contact MMA classes blend muay thai, jujitsu, and kenpo with kickboxing and boxing, creating a self-defense system that’s more comprehensive than giving threatening people big hugs. Age-appropriate classes for kids round out the fitness studio’s class schedule.
Glam Girlz, LLC adds style and glitz to young girls’ birthday parties with its two-hour mobile party packages. Customers can choose from six themed packages, each of which comes with two hosts, music, themed decorations, and a gift for the birthday girl. During the Glam Tea Party, kids dressed in feather boas, jewelry, and other costume garb attend a mini tea party. Live karaoke serves as the soundtrack for the Glam Pajama Jam, and the spa-themed soiree incorporates mini manicures and facials performed by the neighborhood tooth fairy. Packages are designed for girls aged 3–12 and can accommodate up to 10 attendees.
If you’re looking to pull the kids away from the television screen this weekend but can’t stand the thought of visiting the same dull museums, consider a stop into the Wren’s Nest House Museum. One of Atlanta’s oldest museums, the former home of Joel Chandler Harris educates tykes on the life of the author of the famous Brer Rabbit stories. Every Saturday afternoon, one of several local readers thrills children by re-enacting one of Harris’s popular tales. The walls of the small home are lined with mementos from the author’s life, and the rich, green brocade and period furniture give a welcoming atmosphere that your children will warm to quickly. You may find yourself enchanted by the stories as well, and you’re guaranteed to come away with a new appreciation for the classic stories of Joel Chandler Harris.
The Grounds' menu boasts international brews (such as Cubano coffee and café au lait) as well as freshly baked, coffee-complementing pastries. Try a steamer ($2 for a small), hot chocolate ($2 for a small), a latte ($3.50 for a small), or a double-shot espresso ($3.50) to take the bluster out of a blustersome winter walk. A small house-blend coffee costs $1.50, so this Groupon could caffeinate your mornings for more than a week (you may redeem it in multiple visits). Cold drinks include a small lemonade made with ginger, clove, and honey ($2); sorrel ($2); and fresh mango, pineapple, strawberry, or peach smoothies ($3.50).
At the women’s only Glitter’s Fitness Club, visitors tone their physiques while unleashing their inner vixens during a choice of 22 classes per week. Instructors guide students through yoga and Piloxing, a fusion of Pilates and boxing, and helm sultry Zumba dance parties and Sexy Chair classes, during which students learn to look seductive while building a wooden rocking chair.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.