At The Mad Potter, both kids and adults find an outlet to flex their creative muscles. The studio—a welcoming space full of natural light and wooden tables and chairs—showcases a variety of unfinished pottery pieces, ranging from magnets and candlesticks to picture frames and food-safe dinnerware. During Paint by Story sessions, a staff member reads a book aloud while budding child artists use nontoxic paints to bring one of the characters to life. The studio also hosts birthday parties for youngsters and get-togethers for adults, including bridal showers, corporate outings, and team-building events.
Whether they’re focused on soccer, lacrosse, tennis, or t-ball—or cycling through multiple sports in a single week—the US Sports Institute’s camps are all guided by the same principles—emphasizing a fusion of exercise, safety, and positive attitude. The resulting camps, specialized for kids from 2 to 14, have been delighting youths for more than a decade, often via collaborations between the Institute and community programs, such as the YMCA.
River Edge Farm owner Mercedes Rolandelli has been riding horses since she was a youngster in Argentina. Her love of the animals inspired her to establish her own farm in a verdant corner of the Garden State. Here, she offers horseback-riding lessons and camps, encouraging her students to interact with horses and glean life lessons from them such as patience, courage, and emotional growth. These sessions instill horsemanship skills such as grooming and tacking but also help build the students’ confidence and give them a method of self-expression. Girls gather to learn riding from the ground up in a friendly and supportive environment. In the end, they may learn invaluable life-lessons from their equine companions, including patience, resiliency, courage, dignity, and determination.
At fully stocked facilities, Mix 'em Up Bartending School's TIPS-certified instructors ready students for a career mixing drinks in a nightclub setting. Real taps, sinks, and machinery offer each pupil hands-on training, all overseen by potable professionals boasting the experience and chiseled biceps acquired during a minimum of seven years manning the taps. Music and disco lights foster a true-to-life atmosphere aimed at granting graduates the confidence needed to work in real bar conditions. Showing a commitment to helping all types of students succeed, Mix 'em Up pours out its curriculum in both full- and part-time classes and encourages graduates to take advantage of lifetime access to job-placement databases.
GT Dream Cars unleashes its elite fleet of exotic, automatic sports cars on a temporary basis to help add a touch of luxury, beauty, and raw power to an afternoon. The lineup of swanky steeds includes the powerfully sleek Aston Martin Vantage, the luxurious Bentley Continental GT, the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, the Maserati GranTurismo, or the Lamborghini Gallardo, with the power of 550 horses or 78 furious mastodons. Inside car cockpits, conquer the 2.7-mile road course, blasting down the straightaway and deftly maneuvering the mini corkscrew with the ease of a bobsled team weaving down a water slide.
Two cushy levels of bouncy tubes, slides, obstacles, play structures, and an interactive arcade await sock-footed squirts at Kid Junction's clean and safe indoor jungle, ideal for kids aged one through nine. A fleet of skilled supervisors welcomes parents into a relaxing, vibrant amusement area, where you can accompany your tenderfoot as they propel through the tubes and slides area, packed with see-through panels, netting, webbed areas, and extra-smooth peanut butter. Toddler Town treats youngest ones to a soft sovereign nation-state, exposing them to crawlspaces and fundamental Playskool politics. Three dollars' worth of shiny tokens gives access to the sports-oriented arcade, where each game in the interactive arena has been tailored to boost motor skills, self-confidence, and the likelihood of being signed to the Toronto Raptors while in grade school.