Ballplayers of all stripes can train year-round at Extra Innings. The 20,500-square-foot indoor facility is equipped six multi-purpose tunnels, three pitching tunnels, and three coin-operated batting cages that can sling baseballs and softballs between 40?80 mph. Hitters can also perfect their swings in the training area, and can enlist extra help from one of Extra Innings' seasoned instructors. During hitting leagues, participants compete to see who can hit a can of corn highest without splattering it over the 24-foot ceilings.
Ethnic Foods Co helps its clients appreciate the process of making and eating international cuisine in their own homes. Oojas? instructors comprise skilled chefs who focus on equipping students with quick, practical solutions to produce an array of global flavors, whether they?re working with seasonal fall veggies or Indian spices. They conduct most classes as a bit of a performance, showing off their skills as they prepare a host of familiar and original dishes. Students join in, too, as instructors teach them to prepare a variety of global dishes. And guests don?t go home hungry, as they can sample tastes of the myriad colorful and flavorful cuisine.
With a focus on entertainment, Abrakadoodle can transform any party (starting at $199) into a chance to expand minds and glitter-slicks with 1,800 choices of creative games and lessons. Themed experiences include Action Painting, Race to Outer Space, Flower Power, and A Journey to the Stars. The expansive schedule features classes (one hour, $16) in painting and drawing, as well as imagination-fueled camps (two hours, $24) in superhero, pirate, and princess make-believe.
Professional artist and designer Victoria Neyman may be virtuosic in her skills—in 2010, she was selected to participate in Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota's Arts & Healing and Urban Renewal Project, and 30 of her pieces now line the walls of two hospital campuses—but she firmly believes that everybody has artistic talents. At her school, she coaxes these gifts to the surface by arming her students––kids, teens, and adults––with confidence and technical skills. In small classes, students learn color theory, the properties of various mediums, and the techniques associated with perspective and form. Neyman values creativity as much as she values the technical facet of visual art, so when she teaches children, she is careful to teach methods in a way that won't stifle their spontaneous impulses.