As the father of a 2-year old, Tim Alley found himself running around to playdates scattered throughout the Bay Area, scooting to toddler-friendly lessons in art, gymnastics, and dance. While he loved the programming, he wished that he and his daughter weren't confined to such a tight schedule. So, he turned to his brother-in-law, Tom Limbert, head teacher at a local preschool, and they began to work on their own children's studio at Studio Grow—a supplementary preschool atmosphere with a focus on unstructured learning where children can play throughout the day. True to its name, Studio Grow now welcomes tots at three area studios. Though programs and amenities vary by location, kids might frolic through a color-splashed dance room, construct crafty masterpieces from watercolors, play-doh, and crayons in an art room, or plunge into ball pits. At all three locations, kids can tinker in a room filled with puzzles, toy trucks, dress-up clothes, and lego building sets. in a slide-filled run room. Instructors stay on hand throughout each romp, ready to lead Berkeley guests through sing-alongs or immerse Concord’s small listeners in story time. Teachers may also balloon a giant primary-colored parachute over the playroom for kids to scurry under and use to shield themselves from sudden broccoli storms. Though staffers emphasize unstructured play, they also lead summer camps for children up to aged 6 with guided romps through the studio; as well as Friday-night babysitting sessions, where kids of all ages can play sans parents until 10 p.m.
Music Together cultivates a warm, welcoming community of children and their adult counterparts in 45-minute music classes, which introduce developing brains to grooveable tunes with an accommodating schedule. A friendly instructor trained in teaching, music, and impersonating tubas leads up to 12 Beatles-in-training through structured musical explorations, helping little ones to test out rhythms on drums, keep time on triangles, and belt out songs. Newborns to 4-year-olds co-mingle in the same classes, creating an open environment in which younger tykes mimic social skills and musical talents modeled by the older children. Parents and guardians participate in the classes, sitting cross-legged on the floor with their mellifluous youngster, socializing with other adults and intermittently showing off their yodeling skills.
At Fremont Laser MedSpa, Dr. James Kojian is as one of the first doctors in the Bay area to utilize this new laser treatment, and Fremont Laser Med Spa has treated more than 10,000 clients of every skin type, including over 1,000 patients for face-fat reduction. He oversees a team of laser technicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians' assistants as they administer FDA-approved beautification services that keep skin looking youthful. Dr. Kojian draws on his experience in the fields of anti-aging and longevity as well as aesthetics, calibrating his arsenal of lasers to target everything from wrinkles and rosacea to unwanted hair and rebel spacecraft. Fat-liquifying lasers safely circumvent the skin to liquefy fat cells, aiming to let the body flush them away for a potential loss of inches.
San Ramon Valley Fitness hosts a wide variety of sassy classes, so cardio achievers can burn fat and feel sexier through a sassy set of dynamic exercises. Founded by personal trainer and nutritionist Cori Ann Lentz, San Ramon Valley Fitness offers a full schedule of aerobic and body-sculpting exercises that are much more exciting than running on the treadmill or playing hacky sack with a cannonball.
Stomp! clobbers cravings with the one-two gastro-punch of an extensive global wine list complemented by a carefully constructed food menu heavy on small plates and high-concept American fare. Enjoy grape-loaded gulps of the Spanish white Nora Albariño ($9 per glass) or the Edna Valley Tolosa pinot noir ($12 per glass) on their own, or supplement your sips with an order of small-plate fare, such as stuffed eggs, which partner nature's most mouth-ready projectile with Serrano ham, capers, dijon mustard, and shallots ($4). Spicy shrimp empanadas tickle tongues alongside creamy avocado mole and crushed pumpkin seeds ($9), and an Italian sandwich ($8) uses prosciutto, salami, fresh mozzarella, arugula, and aged balsamic to evoke the culinary cunning and gondolier-fueled sing-alongs of Italy without the lingering threat posed by rickety leaning towers. On Tuesdays, epicures and aerialists can sashay over the Stomp! threshold for Flight Night, during which— for a flat fee of $12—they can enjoy a trio of wines alongside artisanal meats and cheeses while making airplane noises or miming the waterfowl of their choice.