Last year, Jenny's Light launched the Circle of Moms support group, a welcoming space for women to meet twice a month to discuss the challenging aspects of motherhood. Due to the pilot program’s success, Jenny's Light plans to create a resource guide to help certified support groups launch Circle of Moms programs in other cities. In order to replicate the program elsewhere, the organization needs to raise funds to develop a curriculum guide. Each guide will include at least eight session outlines and a DVD that will be used during group sessions.
Inside the family-owned Jumps & Downs, youngsters aged 1–10 tumble into a capacious ball pit, 5,000 balls strong—one of the many attractions that pepper the 3,600-square-foot facility. The indoor play center’s inflatables encourage airborne activities, building kids' motor skills every time they leap in one of the bounce houses, dive down the giant plush slide, or climb up the obstacle course. Groups of kids unleash cake-fueled manias on the playscape during birthday parties that come complete with all manner of festive accoutrements, including a private room, paper goods, invitations, and a copyright lawyer to make sure no scofflaw children sing "Happy Birthday" for free.
Lara Olson was unhappy with the quality of art education her children were receiving in school. Taking matters into her own hands, she decided to open KidCreate Studio as a place where youngsters can exercise their creative muscles while practicing the visual arts in a fun learning environment. The studio’s curriculum immerses students in the kaleidoscopic world of art through professional lesson plans, incorporating media ranging from watercolor paints and pencils to clay and cloth. Birthday parties at the studio keep children thoroughly engaged with hands-on activities and themed projects, and play groups lasting up to three hours give kids enough time to make new friends or think up at least a dozen more imaginary ones.
Hopkins Tavern gives customers plenty of reasons to stop in, offering 32 local, regional, and craft beers on tap and pub fare ranging from wings to cheese curds. But the staff knows how to keep patrons entertained as well as satiated. Along with daily happy hours, the tavern hosts team trivia and bar bingo nights. Wild fans can look forward to watching each game live on the bar’s TVs along with cheap domestic brews and shots to celebrate every Wild goal.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, which sprawls across 1,137 acres of winding hiking trails and color-dappled garden paths, opens its leafy gates for a Divas Night Out event replete with live entertainers, fashion shows, and 27 display booths. Suds and spirits pour from an on-site cash bar, quenching palates piqued by the event’s wine tastings, food samplings, and appetizer menu. Guests can feast their retinas on designer duds and crab-walking models during a trio of fashion shows before jaunting through retail booths laden with elegant apparel, home décor, and holiday gift items. Acoustic crooning pairs with toe-tapping jazz during a set by The BZ Girls, underscoring psychic readings and prophetic finger-puppet shows by Ruth Lordan. Strut into the gift shop for a 10% discount on all purchases, or test your luck during a raffle rife with Arboretum swag.
At Gorilla Combat, students draw inspiration from the primate world, in which bands of gorillas bond by playing, wrestling, and protecting one another with weapon-free defense maneuvers. Certified trainers and pro fighters lead classes for all levels of skill and fitness, teaching kids how to punch during youth boxing lessons and showing grown-ups how to grapple during judo, jujitsu, and MMA sessions. In addition to cultivating strength and confidence, classes equip students with enough stamina, coordination, and discipline to perform an accordion while running a marathon. Full-size boxing rings welcome practice jabs and full-blown muay thai matches, and a collection of barbells and rowing machines helps athletes condition their muscles between classes or bouts. The instructors also offer personal training for those wishing to toughen up for a fight or an onslaught of sour-faced emoticons.