The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Voted No. 4 in the Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties in 2010 by Parents magazine, Pump It Up pulses with inflatable play sets and actually encourages kids to bounce off the walls. Within the indoor playground, a stalwart staff oversees the neighborhood of bounce houses and air-filled playthings, such as a classic bounce castle and slick inflatable slide that cushions children's heartfelt reenactments of Cool Runnings. Throughout the week, families can pop in for open play, or tote along their own mini entourage for birthday-party packages complete with private rooms and complimentary invites. Parties come as straightforward packages or as themed events that place the birthday child in structured story adventures where they take on the role of a mighty and clever superhero or pirate captain that drank too much salt water.
At My Fit Core, owner Yvette Scamperino and her staff help clients lose weight during structured workouts in supportive small groups. A blend of cardio and resistance exercises comprise the studio’s semiprivate personal-training sessions as well as its intensive boot-camp classes. Specialized classes such as the 6 Pack Abs Camp round out the schedule, and to augment exercisers’ efforts, the staff offers nutritional advice and meal plans.
Party Kingdom invites kids to celebrate birthdays, fundraisers, and church or school outings with a wonderland full of obstacle courses, bounce houses, and games. Guests zoom down ziplines, scramble up climbing walls, and show off their sports skills at inflatable baseball batting stations before relaxing with meals of pizza, pasta, and sub sandwiches.
Spend some time working out at Rhino Strength Athletics, and your newly strengthened core will thank you. The elite fitness studio trains its clients with hybrid strongman movements performed at a high intensity for maximum results. In small group training sessions, instructors dole out plenty of individual attention. But don't expect any coddling. The titanic trainers care enough about each of their clients to challenge them to pull off pain-inducing, muscle-obliterating lifts and squats.
At Glam Girls Kids Spa & Tea Room, girls get their fill of fun activities—from playing dress-up in princess gowns to walking the runway during fashion shows. Glam Girls showers kids with mani-pedis, facials, and hairstyling services within a festive atmosphere that’s perfect for birthday parties or special outings. Pink tablecloths and lavender walls set the scene for tea parties, and bright, comfy couches let girls lounge in style while their nails dry.