A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.
Bonafede-family matriarch Anita started JoJo's Pizza Kitchen more than four decades ago, and her discerning taste for ingredients is still identifiable in the menu. Though her son Joe, who napped on flour sacks in the back of the restaurant as a child, now runs the eatery, fresh basil and plum tomatoes grown in Stanislaus County still release aromas that hint at sun-soaked furrows. Through a dining room window, guests catch glimpses of chefs tossing freshly risen dough for pizzas or smaller chefs for their adorable giggles. They grate fresh parmesan cheese as wine cooks slowly down with mushrooms on the stovetop and chicken marinates in lemon and garlic. Servers bustle past, filling glasses with house wines or draft beers.
Turn N Burn Studio's seasoned instructors help students dance, stretch, and pedal toward fitness goals in more than 20 weekly classes. Designed for beginning bikers, Cycle 101's upbeat, one-hour ride raises participants' heart rates with sprinting challenges and pictures of their middle-school hairdos. Zumba sessions torch calories and tone core muscles with Latin-inspired dance moves, and Hot Hula workouts define abs, glutes, and quads with polynesian choreography set to reggae drumbeats. For a fast track to flatter torsos, trainees traverse 50-minute “Ab”tastic Bootcamp sessions, which define core muscles with interval-based workouts designed to give students time to rest, ravage, and repeat.
A working cattle ranch set on more than 350 acres of hilly terrain, Heaven's Ranch invites visitors to enjoy such equine entertainment as lessons and scenic rides through a vast network of trails. An experienced staff oversees operation of the facilities, including two large round pens and two outdoor training arenas. The 100'x100' and 100'x180' arenas give beginning and intermediate students plenty of space to learn at their own pace during lessons. Riding instructors Annee and Laura guide their classes through challenges, which aim to foster confidence and comfort. Instruction is tailored to riders' individual goals, whether they want to take a casual weekend ride or find a dramatic way to escort their date to prom.
Founded by UFC veteran and Brazilian jiujitsu expert Romie Aram and his friends, Millennia MMA is a popular mixed martial arts school that has been training fighters—including several top-ranked professionals—for more than a decade. The academy has a new location in Chino Hills, where both adults and kids can train in a spacious facility outfitted with heavy bags, padded floors, and a raised boxing ring. In fitness classes led by qualified instructors, students learn the grappling and ground-fighting moves of Brazilian jiujitsu, or sweat their way through challenging cardio kickboxing or boot camp sessions. Other offerings include boxing, judo, and MMA.