It's fun to visit a laser tag arena—but it's downright convenient when the laser tag arena visits you. Games on the Fly's mobile, 1,250-square-foot laser tag arena does just that. Up to 10 players at once engage in laser combat in the arena, lit festively with black lights and strobe lights. The company also gets parties popping with their mobile gaming trailer and a mobile water tag arena, complete with water guns that shoot up to 40 feet.
Create Studios' hands-on crafting classes nurture students' inner artist while teaching skills that can be used to replicate projects at home. Owner and instructor Tanya Ruffin draws from her master's degree in art history and BFA in fine arts to helps students unwind and create within an informal studio. All classes are designated as "make and partake," allowing students to bring in any food and drinks they'd like, including bottles of wine, snacks, or entire flash-fried buffaloes.
Each two- to three-hour class brings home and body accessories to life, turning provided materials into everything from a stained-glass mosaic to steampunk-style jewelry. Wine glasses are a particularly popular medium; students learn to paint them with enamel or etch them with designs. Another popular option is Pop Art Your Pet. During this class, students create four panes of vivid, pop art colors that depict their pet with an Andy Warhol flare.
Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.
At Work/Shop, art and commerce hold hands and skip across a sunny, flower-filled meadow. Work/Shop's local and national instructors labor with love, offering classes to students of all skill levels that cover how to draw from live models, pen one's thoughts, and throw clay pots through windows with gusto. Art aficionados can sharpen their scrutiny with critique nights, art-appreciation classes, and quarterly exhibitions. Members renew their creative vigor with seven-day access to the studio, discounts on materials, and ample storage space. On the shop side of the studio, artists and guests can browse through work created on-site and support Work/Shop's endeavors by purchasing a piece.
Now in its second year, the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade benefits Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and the Big Buddy Program—whose children receive costumes collected during the 10/31 Consortium club's costume drive. These costumed children march in the parade each year, in keeping with the organization's efforts to preserve the practice of trick-or-treating.
The parade follows a surprise theme each year, and community individuals and Krewes, who drive and march along a downtown route, contribute and construct colorful floats. The 10/31 Consortium organizes this annual parade in an effort to nurture community creativity and inspire local youth.
Staying busy is a way of life for Joel Willson. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, his specialties include piano, violin, guitar, and mandolin. As a teacher, he's instructed high-school master classes and served as an elementary school artist-in-residence. He channels these dual passions at Baton Rouge Music Lessons, where he teaches keys and strings while his wife, Amy, handles flute. The pair's studio accommodates private and group lessons, which enrich each student's musical knowledge by dabbling in a variety of styles, including classical, country, and jazz.