Situated on the west end of Trolley Square, The Delaware Center of Horticulture unfurls as a fragrant oasis for plant life amid the urban bustle of Wilmington. The colorful gardens frame the DCH depression-era main building, which houses an art gallery and regular workshops for local green thumbs. Since 1977, the cooperative efforts of philanthropic earthworms and volunteers have driven the nonprofit organization's plethora of public works and outreach efforts designed to enrich the existence of humans through the power of plant life. One such initiative, the Parks and Public Spaces program, has introduced rich greenery to pavement-laden private and public urban landscapes throughout the state.
Giggles and the pitter-patter of tiny, sock-swathed feet echo off the walls of Pump It Up, where lilliputian guests pinball through a metropolis of inflatable slides and bouncy enclosures. During glow pop-in play, tykes frolic in the radiance of special lights, and in pirate-themed sessions, youngsters don costumes or just feel less self-conscious about the parrot permanently affixed to their shoulder. Small groups of ankle-biters tear through the facility during private parties, plummeting down slides, scaling plush ladders, and bounding off of springy floors.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal is valid for rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, exhilarating sport classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's Open Gym sessions, as well as a $25 discount on Gymboree clothing with a $50 minimum purchase.
Boasting one of the area’s only master goldsmiths, Stephen’s Jewelers crams its displays with everything from watchstraps and batteries ($30–$60) to fine gold, silver, and platinum finery, as well as custom-designed pieces. The knowledgeable staff can help shoppers find something to cover naked appendages and pet bonsai trees in the boutique's selection of sterling-silver rings and pendants by Lilly Barrack, Sherry Tinsman, and Pam Ingersall ($75–$150). Custom rings, pendants, and other jewelry crafted in-house run the gamut from engagement-worthy bling to diamond-encrusted eye confections ($200+).
With an approach to successful party planning that reads like a checklist of personalized service, Planning Factory International carries a wealth of knowledge, experience, and former Eagle Fred Barnett into Eve 2011, the upcoming 1500-person New Year's Eve endeavor. VIP tickets are good for wait-free entry into the event, plus a private table and wait staff service in the VIP lounge between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. During the lead-up to the ball-drop, guests can partake in the festivities and sundries at special stations for dancing, gaming, hors d’oeuvres, speed dating, and tarot reading. Charge up with the kinetic energy of the live band, Chorduroy, and partake of the four hours of open bar service with a specially-mixed New Years cocktail such as a whiskey and soda and more whiskey, followed by a champagne toast at Midnight. Eve 2011 rewards VIP guests who hold it down until Morn 2011 with a champion’s greeting at daybreak— a family-style breakfast, served warm.