When Lisa Campbell and Rodney Rodriguez founded their studio, they hoped to teach the next generation to create, value, and love art. Now, the painting playground hosts a multitude of kids and adults who let loose their creative potential on blank ceramics and unpainted M&M’s using vibrant brushstrokes. With a homey atmosphere, visitors are free to relax as they experiment. The shop also hosts events such as kids' birthday parties and adult date and gathering nights.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
Inspiration can strike an artist before he's even old enough to tie his shoes. Young Artist Art Studio gives kids an outlet for that inspiration, starting as young as age 3. Its preschool art classes teach cognitive and social skills as youngsters paint, draw, and sculpt. For older children, teenagers, and adults, classes focus on aspects of art such as composition, color, and perspective through oil paints, watercolors, and charcoal. For adults only, Picasso and Wine Nights show attendees how to re-create a painted or sculpted masterpiece while they drink and chat with friends.
Certified personal trainer Danielle knows about weight problems; in her adulthood, she has weighed everywhere from 98 to 184 pounds. Now a fitness writer and life coach, she has dedicated herself to helping people of all ages and fitness levels swap sedentary lifestyles for active, empowered attitudes. She leads boot-camp fitness classes designed to jump-start metabolism and ends the cycle of yo-yo diets by sharing nutritious recipes such as healthy tortilla chips, pancakes, and unfried chicken.