While its mediums are many, the goal of Ceramics-N-More is singular: to tap into visitors' artistic potential. Here, you can paint pottery or get the hang of wheel-thrown forms during classes that utilize motorized pottery wheels. Even kids can get into the action by adorning ceramic pieces with handprints and footprints, or joining friends for an art-fueled party. The center also offers glass-fusing classes, which teach participants how to create colorful works of art from glass and the one magical power all humans take for granted: fire.
The staff of WASUP Austin wants to make sure their clients get the most out of their paddleboarding experience, so they go the extra mile, hand-delivering rented boards to a variety of locations. Whether customers are simply going out for a leisurely paddle or taking a paddleboard yoga class, WASUP Austin has the rentals they need. Out on Lake Austin, Lake Travis, and a variety of other watery locales, paddlers put the rented boards to use, navigating the scenic waterways and getting a full-body workout while doing so.
Scattered across the globe like so many building blocks in the playpen of a toddler architect-to-be, Gymboree Play and Music provides wee ones up to five years old with a safe place for enriching, educational play. At more than 500 facilities across 30 countries, grown-ups come along to observe art, music, and sports classes for toddlers up to five years old, as well as their signature Play and Learn sessions.
It takes plenty of dedication just to stay in the 105-degree studio for 90 minutes at a time, which is what many of Pure Yoga Austin's students do multiple times a week. Mardy Chen followed her own devotion to the practice to open Pure Yoga Austin with help from her husband and co-director, Jeff Chen. Their team of certified Bikram Yoga instructors share the sweaty yoga style that has been known to help students of all fitness levels achieve leaner physiques, improved athletic performance, and greater mental clarity. The signature Bikram sequence of 26 postures help students develop strength, improve flexibility, and attain the heat endurance necessary to succeed at spelling bees held in saunas.
An unassuming white-concrete façade belies the explosion of color and giggling contained within The Big Bounce’s 12,000-square-foot building. After stashing shoes and tricycle locks in provided cubbies, tykes sprint toward the bouncy steam engine and fire truck, or shoot through tubes and slides that wind through the two-story playground.
In addition to catering to kids, The Big Bounce's overseers strive to create an oasis for harried parents. The café’s plush benches and tables rest weary feet as parents supervise their protégés alongside first-aid- and CPR-certified staff. Additionally, on Friday nights until 10 p.m., The Big Bounce hosts a Parent's Night Out party, regaling kids with Wii games, movies, and unlimited bouncing.
Kids 'R' Kids nurtures the development of its tiny clients by providing a secure, educational environment. Each kid-friendly employee is certified in first aid and CPR, and many have training in areas such as early-childhood education and classroom management, helping them react with aplomb to classroom conundrums such as students running with scissors, juggling scissors, or selling counterfeit scissors on the black market. Kids 'R' Kids extends its brain-boosting educational offerings to kids from 6 weeks to 12 years old, including curricula such as an infant program, a toddler program, and a before- and after-school program for kids age 5–12. A variety of specialized programs focus on topics such as health and fitness, foreign languages, and computers—three growth industries in a world increasingly dominated by Spanish-speaking, baseball-obsessed robots.