Upgrade the framed family photos that have been hanging in your parents’ home for the past 600 years. With today's Groupon to ADC Photography, $20 gets you an in-studio session (a $150 value) and an 8x10 print (a $65 value), plus 25% off any additional a la carte prints (discount not valid for collections). Now that you aren’t riddled with acne or plagued with a six-year-old’s gummy smile, split the cost with your sibs and surprise your folks with a more up-to-date snapshot just in time for the holidays.In 1978, amateur bat photographer Gregory Hansen was in his front yard one night when a mysterious white orb appeared in the sky over his home. Diverting his attention from a particularly active nest of eptesicus fuscus, he began photographing the orb, which made no attempt to flee or conceal itself. Hansen continued to document the orb as it reappeared over his house, each night shrinking slightly “as though passing slowly into the spirit world,” Hansen observed. On particularly cloudy nights, the orb would not be present, prompting Hansen to speculate that ghosts may be allergic to thunder.
In 1953, Rabbi Mortimer J. Cohen commissioned famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design the Beth Sholom Synagogue, which remains the only synagogue he masterminded during his illustrious career. Listed as a national historic landmark in 2007, the Beth Sholom Synagogue draws visitors with its unique construction and educational visitor center, which is nestled in one of the synagogue's social spaces. The visitor center allows guests to acquaint themselves with Wright's creative process and partnership with Rabbi Cohen through interactive kiosks, displays of Wright's architectural sketches, and excerpts from the pair's online chat logs.
Abington Kids Creative Arts Studio's lively instructors foster the burgeoning minds of youngsters with classes focused on building creativity and imagination. The team allows little ones aged 4–14 to disconnect from their phones, computers, and robot teachers to engage in fun, hands-on activities during afternoon open sessions.
Two-hour sessions allow kids to express themselves artistically and exhaust internal sugar reserves through drawing, molding pottery, playing music, and acting in theater performances. My Adult & Me sessions invite grown-ups to stay-and-play with their children, while the Drop Off Program's extended studio hours free up time for parents to run errands or triathlons. As children exercise their brain biceps, adults can relax and indulge in complimentary coffee and tea.
Abington Kids Creative Arts Studio also hosts summer camps to occupy up to 15 youngsters at once when school is on break and their Miami beach house is being renovated. Weekly themes range from Fantasy Week to Music Week to Puppet Week, each filled with crafts and fun projects.
At Premier Martial Arts, students of all backgrounds train in self-defense, combat sports, and martial-arts-based fitness. Kids ages 3–12 earn colorful belts to mark not only their mastery of martial arts techniques, but also their demonstrations of character. Teachers also provide belt-free training for adults in arts like Krav Maga—developed for the Israeli Defense Force—and kickboxing, which incorporates both Western boxing techniques and the knee and elbow strikes of Muay Thai, the official fighting form of Thailand’s postmen. To supplement each fighter’s striking game, the instructors offer classes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which uses throws and takedowns to bring fights down to the ground, where joint locks and choke holds can be applied to great effect. They round out the combat curriculum with the weapon techniques of Kali, a lightning-fast form of stick and blade fighting that hails from the Phillipines.
This blended training methodology arms students for self-defense as well as kickstarts careers in professional fighting. Elite affiliates include such UFC names as Kurt Pellegrion and Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
The smiling faces of a boy and girl adorn the sign outside of Baby Genius Day Care Center. It's a fitting image for the business, which offers kids a safe, fun, and educational environment with ample supervision and just the right amount of gravity. The childcare experts welcome kids aged 6 weeks to 12 years. In addition to daycare, Baby Genius also hosts after-school programs and a dance studio.