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.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
At 84 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breathing, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CorePower Yoga classes lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. During construction of all its new studios, CorePower Yoga strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.
Inflatable castles and games fill Club Just Jump with fun-fostering facilities that create a party palace for kids during open-play and private parties. Six predesigned party packages await giddy groups with snacks, decor, and other activities. Alternatively, an à la carte menu lets hosts curate their own celebrations by picking balloon bouquets, goody bags, face painting and spin art, and entertainment one at a time. Little hands keeping busy at the Furry Friends Factory stuff their own fuzzy creatures, choosing from 24 creatures that include unicorns and frogs. On Monday nights, parents can bring young antigravity aficionados to Family Fun Night, where guests play games and create crafts.
CrossFit Woodbury crunches, pumps, and pushes people of all ages and skill levels into stronger, firmer bodies with an ever-changing combination of strengthening and conditioning exercises. The body-transforming journey follows the CrossFit program, intense workouts with a focus on a rotating lineup of weightlifting and body weight-based moves, such as pull-ups, push-ups, power lifts, and pigeon squats.
The yogis at Clear Light Yoga & Enrichment Center believe strong bodies work even better with a calm, curious mind at the helm. To that end, they teach a weekly array of classes designed to present a variety of athletic and mental challenges, whether helping students achieve internal calm in a gentle yoga session or work up a sweat with power yoga. When not bending bodies, they host other kinds of enrichment classes, ranging from grammar and writing lessons to training with modern technological devices such as iPads. Private life coaching is also available to provide emotional support and objective guidance on when you should work with a problem, let go of a problem, or sculpt your problem out of clay and fire it to a satisfying crisp.