Scattered across the globe like so many building blocks in the playpen of a toddler architect-to-be, Gymboree Play and Music provides wee ones up to five years old with a safe place for enriching, educational play. At more than 500 facilities across 30 countries, grown-ups come along to observe art, music, and sports classes for toddlers up to five years old, as well as their signature Play and Learn sessions.
From the stone water fountain out front to the turquoise wall and starburst-like lighting fixture behind the reception desk, Westlake Eyecare looks more like a spa than an eye doctor's office. Guests sip a complimentary cup of coffee or bottle of water as they browse the store's handpicked selection of designer frames and admire the shimmering micro-tile accents that cascade from white to a deep sea-green color.
However, licensed therapeutic optometrist and optometric glaucoma specialist Dr. Katie Kaufman is concerned with more than just beautiful appearances. She helps take care of eye health with services such as preoperative evaluations for LASIK surgery and retinal exams. Dr. Kaufman uses the Optomap device during these exams, carefully scanning the back of the eye and looking for signs of glaucoma, macular degeneration, or permanent imprints of decades-old solar eclipses.
Since 2007, the Robots-4-U team has been teaching children a program of STEM?science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Children absorb skills and knowledge through entertaining interactions with instructors, other campers, and robot kits. The camp maintains a 16:1 student to instructor ratio, ensuring children receive the proper amount of individual attention. Campers build robot kits comprising a brain unit and sensory appendages, which replicate seeing, hearing, touching and reading minds. Once the bots are assembled, children enter their creations into racing, dancing, and battle-bot challenges.
This education-based childcare center offers schooling, summer camps, and enrichment programs for children aged 6 weeks to 13 years. Based on the philosophy that children "learn best by doing," these programs use hands-on activities to teach students basic skills in literacy, mathematics, and bedtime negotiations. Summer workshops explore topics ranging from robotics to soccer, and certified instructors lead groups through scavenger hunts and volunteer projects during assorted camp programs.
The two mothers who founded North Oaks Country Child Development Center were unable to find a daycare center that felt like a home for their children, so they put their heads together and created one themselves. With a focus on positive reinforcement and praise, their staff helps establish the building blocks for kindergarten and beyond—including lessons that touch on math, science, and art. Whatever the lesson, instructors aim to help kids build the self-assurance and confidence that will allow them to excel in elementary school.
The sleek planks of wood in the private sauna rooms at Austin Sauna Club seem to absorb the infrared heat that radiates into the room, using it to warm guests from all angles. Visitors recline in the cozy space as the club's SoloCarbon heaters raise the temperature. According to staff, the sauna provides benefits ranging from lower blood pressure and weight loss to improved skin texture and collagen stimulation.