Bounce Wright's inflatable castles, bounce houses, and playgrounds keep kids bouncing with joy during birthday celebrations, block parties, and family reunions. Kids can shoot down the multi-playground unit's inflatable slide or leap into the air to dunk a basketball inside a bounce house while parents outside man a rented concession machine full of fluffy cotton candy or buttery popcorn. Bounce Wright also equips parties with tables and chairs.
A pediatric physical therapist, Marc Castelo has witnessed impact of play and therapeutic touch during his work with infants and in early child development. Recognizing that babies could benefit from massage just as much—if not more so—than adults, he created Play 2 Grow. At his child-care center, techniques such as loving touch and innovative play are a vehicle for improved growth and caregiver-child bonding. In that vein, he and program director Jenny Smith-Davids interweaves play, games, and socialization, all with an eye toward improving infants’ developmental capabilities and future cribbage skills. Parents are also welcome to take part in the learning process through “scaffolding,” during which they are active participants in family play activities.
Kids slip down huge slides, scramble through obstacle courses, and bound within Mighty Jumps Party and Play Center's colorful assortment of inflatables. Basketball arcade games and air hockey challenge all ages to try their skills, and a toddler area shields tiny ones from too-large leaps. For parents, large-screen TVs, wireless Internet, and computer stations remain about an arm's distance from the play area, if that arm belongs to someone with exceptionally long arms. The staff specialize in hosting parties with packages including customizable add-ons, all-day admission for each guest, and cleanup.
At The Brand Factory, a collective of seasoned photographers, videographers, and music production specialists make the dreams of aspiring musicians and up-and-coming artists a reality. Performers take their talents to the recording studio, where producers turn soulful songs and catchy hip-hop tracks into crisp, clear, professional albums. During photo and video shoots, visual artists create stunning promotional stills and videos, boosting the signal of the local music and performing-arts community.
From a chic, late-night soiree to a lively kids' birthday bash, the planners at Perfect Parties execute events for both adults and children. Adults' parties may include dancing, hors d'oeuvres, and cakes celebrating new babies or finally finding the perfect hairstylist. Kids' parties, on the other hand, exude fun and whimsy. That might mean cupcakes adorned with edible lipstick and eyeshadow palettes or a party table decked out like a car garage.
The chefs at Bradford's on Bishop serve up instruction in essential kitchen skills such as basic knife work, cooking techniques, and food handling in seven eclectic cooking classes. Armed with a spread of seasonal ingredients, students can choose to learn the home-cooking secrets of one of several exotic cuisines, including French, modern Thai, and Capoeira. The Girls Night Out class teaches culinary pupils how to whip up more indulgent fare, and Knife Skills slices through an array of different cutting techniques. All classes at Bradford's on Bishop commence with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, allowing students to discuss current cooking topics such as the nutritional differences between a double cheeseburger and the McDouble. A presenting chef then narrates the evening's entrees before the congregation is split into groups of ten, with each group completing multiple dishes under the tutelage of their own chef. Complimentary cocktails are included, and students are encouraged to bring their favorite beverage.