That Bounce Place enthralls energetic tykes with more than 13,000 square feet of space brimming with bouncy attractions and abundant games and activities. Feet shielded by mandatory socks launch into the air on bouncers, obstacle courses challenge puzzle-solving capacities, and a massive inflatable slide challenges Olympic luge records. A big-screen television broadcasts favorite shows, an air-hockey table officiates competitions with puck-smacking peers, and complimentary WiFi enables guardians to relax while their children play. An exclusive toddler arena opens the gates to its age-appropriate toys only for those who know the secret abridged version of the ABCs. That Bounce Place's party packages simplify birthday planning with perks such as time in a private room, party supplies, and pizza.
The do-it-yourself project experts at True Value can advise on the proper implements needed to complete an array of home-improvement jobs. Be prepared to upgrade hardware and assemble furniture with both slotted and Phillips heads thanks to a six-piece screwdriver set ($16.99), each forged from corrosion-resistant steel and heat-treated in a hot tub filled with magma to ensure durability. For carpentry undertakings, Titebond original wood glue ($5.99 for 16 oz.) unites any tree-based surfaces. True Value's team also supplies safety equipment, including mirrored safety glasses ($18.99) that can block the eyes from UV rays and airborne wood shavings when sharpening toothpicks that hang from the mouths of the Mount Rushmore faces. Craftsmen can stash their repair implements in a 19-in. all-purpose toolbox ($41.99).
Signature service: Martial arts
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: Prepare to experience the life-changing benefits of the martial arts.
No matter where you turn, Sander Hicks's woodwork is probably nearby—the writer, investigative journalist, and artful eye behind Zen Carpentry has graced Manhattan apartments, countryside houses, and the Sacred Space Community Altar at Occupy Wall Street with his creations. At Zen Carpentry, he specializes in crafting customized roofing, furniture, and installations for apartments and houses. Using woods such as birch, sycamore, cherry, and cedar—many of which are recycled—he crafts pieces that range from cabinets and bookshelves to lofted beds, planters, porches, and staircases.