The team at Xtra Care Hand Car Wash and Detail Center appliescareful attention to each of its customers' vehicles, carefully selecting products that remove dirt and the remnants of a crumbling mummy while also protecting paint and leather. While cars are being polished, customers are welcome to wait in the lounge area, which features a flat-screen TV, WiFi, and sometimes, a limited amount of snacks. Beverages and air fresheners are also available for purchase.
World of Wings strives to teach children the value of life and introduce them to the wonders of the natural world through its butterfly atrium and museum. Paths wind through an oasis of waterfalls, tropical plants, chirping birds, and nectar flowers, which provide food for the hundreds of Lepidoptera fluttering inside the glass enclosure. Knowledgeable staffers are on-hand to explain to visitors why butterflies exhibit certain behaviors, such as puddling (butterflies drink from muddy puddles when they need minerals and there's no bottle of S.Pellegrino around).
In the museum, guests can visit with amphibians and reptiles, observe the process of preserving delicate insects, and peek in the butterfly nursery. Staffers move winged beauties from the nursery into the atrium once a day, letting new butterflies experience their first flight in full view of visitors.
For fun with slightly less science, kids can scale a climbing wall, go nuts in a bounce room, visit the ocean-like bubble room, and have their eyes tricked in the illusion room.
With 25 years in the photography industry shooting a roster of celebrity clients such as Brooke Shields and Elijah Wood, David Sahadi of Studio 6 Photography focuses his trained eye to capture ephemeral, candid moments for his subjects. Up to six clients strike myriad poses for the famed shutterbug in his well-appointed Englewood studio, taking the full hour to get just the right smile for senior pictures, headshots, or family portraits. Following the session, 24 favorite photos transform into high-resolution, shareable images burned onto a DVD, and erstwhile photographees take home an 8"x10" print to frame or tape onto novelty-size passports.
Erin Spitzberg of Nutrition by Design, LLC holds a master's degree in nutrition from New York University. The registered dietitian and certified nutritionist draws on this experience during nutritional counseling sessions. She works with clients aged 16 and up to design custom meal plans based on health, lifestyle, and food preferences.
Cutie Patooties outfits newborns to 10-year-olds in stylish clothing from brands such as RuffleButts, Knuckleheads Clothing, Le Top, and We Squeak and fills their tiny hands with books, artwork, and toys. Toddler Posh hair bows bedeck babes dressing up for preschool presidential elections ($5), a pin-stripe fedora by Knuckleheads Clothing spiffs up future adult men ($30), and RuffleButts bottoms disguise diapers so babies can go out on the town without shame ($18+).
Though it doesn’t have its own zip code, yet, Kidville is a sought-after destination for youngsters. The bustling children’s center pulsates with activities designed to cultivate youngsters’ social and developmental skills, such as classes in music, dance, and cooking. Art classes foster creativity and self-expression, and a play space helps children unleash pent-up energy more effectively than journaling on the living room wall in permanent marker. The fun zone also hosts birthday parties in various themes—including railroad, racecar, fairy princess, and superhero—in which the staff takes care of the details, set-up, and cleanup, allowing parents to join in on the fun.
Further accommodating parents, Kidville offers parenting seminars, nutritious snacks in the café, and kid-friendly garments in the boutique.
Jump Up N Bounce brings the fun of a playground indoors. Atop and inside inflated ladders, tunnels, and bounce houses, kids release pent-up energy while playing with friends and other children. Meanwhile, parents can rest easy and avoid the worries associated with outdoor parks, such as kids falling onto wood chips or answering a troll’s riddles to use the slide. Parties at the play center mirror their outdoor versions, except festivities take place in a private room with colorful tables.