Kids aged 6 months to 10 years wander from workstation to workstation, tickling the ivories on a toy piano here, stacking blocks there, and socializing with their peers. The center offers 10 stations in all where kids play and learn with interactive materials such as puzzles, dolls, and a toy kitchen—each part of The Bee's Knees Learn & Play‘s Montessori-inspired methods for engaging young minds. Founded on the idea that kids learn more efficiently when play and education are intertwined, the facility's educators let kids learn from each other, the instructors, and the toys populating the play space at their own pace. They let children of different ages mingle to nurture development, and also add structure with 60-minute age-specific classes that feature activities such as singing, story time, and take-home projects. Kids aged 2–3 years work with letters and colors, and kids aged 5–10 years may begin mastering Spanish before reenacting telenovelas at the puppet theater.
In keeping with the Montessori method, there are no mechanized toys onsite. Instead there are wooden rocking horses, dolls, manual train sets, and other child-powered toys that provoke kids to use their full imaginations. Parents can also bring their kids to the learn-and-play center for open play and private birthday parties.
Oftentimes after people quit drinking, they find themselves with large chunks of free time on their hands. Golf In Recovery combines the game of golf with addiction support to fill that time and help keep people sober. It offers recovering addicts and those who wish to stop drinking high-tech golf instruction, 18-hole golf games with golf pro Jamie Frith, and a fellowship support group. Golf In Recovery also encourages clients to work privately with its recovery coach, Ann Frith, who has worked as a substance abuse counselor and clinical therapist at several treatment facilities.
After more than 40 years of teaching and playing experience, it's safe to call second-generation PGA pro Frank A. Clark Jr. a specialist in the art of the golf swing. Rather than rely on his intuition alone, however, Frank couples his keen sense of stroke with video analysis. That way, golfers can examine their own mechanics and identify areas for improvement. The camera he uses during this portion of a lesson captures 300 frames per second, recording every moment of the swing in fine detail, from backswing and contact to the follow-through and victory dance. Students can also soak up Frank?s wisdom through other lesson formats, including individual and group playing lessons and clinics on varying topics. Frank also offers Golf Fit classes, which help students hone the specific movements and positions of the five basic golf shots while improving overall health and wellness.
At Villa Delray Golf Club, GPS-equipped golf carts zoom over lush, green fairways and past ponds visited by long-beaked ibises and snowy egrets. Before driving and putting their way through the par 71, 18-hole course, golfers can dig up divots at a grass driving range with 20 hitting stations, practice chipping, or dribble their balls up to the hole and dunk them on a putting green. After a day in the sun, players can refuel at the restaurant, bar, or snack shop, and stop by the pro shop to replace uncooperative dimpled orbs.