In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their children's development, their kids learn to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.
Voted No. 4 in the Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties in 2010 by Parents magazine, Pump It Up of Crystal Lake sprawls over 11,000 square feet of play areas and party rooms teeming with inflatable fun. A stalwart staff oversees the neighborhood of bounce house, air-filled playthings, and large imagination blocks that populate the indoor arena, including a regal throne for celebrating birthdays or announcing edicts mandating dessert for breakfast. The ascending 16-foot double rock-climbing wall and a hump-shaped obstacle challenge climbers, and attached dueling slides send victors careening into fun.
On every second Friday of the month, Pump It Up of Crystal Lake throws a tween night party, with pizza, glow products, and a live DJ taking song requests. Families can also tote along their own mini entourage for birthday-party packages complete with private rooms, complimentary invites, and a veritable stockpile of extras to customize the celebratory shenanigans.
According to the law of conservation of energy, energy can be neither created nor destroyed?but the staff of Building Energy Experts can certainly help to control it. Channeling more than 40 years of construction experience, they visit homes and commercial properties to maximize the site's energy efficiency. They first analyze the structure, scouting for points in need of improvement. They then suggest any necessary solutions?air sealing, for example, prevents air from escaping so that houses cool down faster and air-conditioning costs drop, and cellulose insulation keeps homes warmer in the winter to reduce heating bills.
They can tackle a wide range of duties, from small maintenance tasks to the implementation of alternative energy sources, such as wind, solar power, or hundreds of potato batteries. On each job, they advise each clients on spending plans that are compatible with their budget. Building Energy Experts is an energySMART Nicor air sealing and attic insulation contractor.
Signature service: Personal Mentoring Services (PMS)
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: PMS is a partnered journey between you and your personal mentor.
Somerset Sporthorse sets students cantering during personal lessons, suitable for new riders looking to get acquainted with the basics or seasoned equestrians hoping to gallop their way to Grand Prix glory. Professional horse trainers impart aspiring equinauts with the tricks of the trotting trade while instilling the core principles of horsemanship, the legendary pirate skiff manned by centaurs. The venerable horse house's flexible schedule and lighted outdoor arenas accommodate nocturnal learners, and the heated indoor arenas let cowboys ride in from the sunset. For ambitious equine apprentices, two Groupons may be combined to create a one-hour saddle-strutting lesson.
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