The Sing With Me curriculum stretches back to the late 19th century, when a duo of sisters and early-education researchers composed the tune that would eventually become "Happy Birthday to You." Donating the popular song's royalties to a foundation, the song eventually financed the research of Ken Guilmartin, who was pursuing the role of music in early cognitive development. Teaming up with fellow researcher Lili Levinowitz, Guilmartin founded Music Together LLC, a system of musical learning that allowed kids from birth to age 7 and their parents to access the joys of music together in a fun, supportive environment. Although not every child is destined for a career as a concert pianist, Sing With Me’s teachers start from the philosophy that all children have some innate musical sense and can be taught to sing in tune, move rhythmically, and distinguish a recorder from a Charleston Chew.
In addition to teaching youths and adults to punch and kick properly, Rockaway Fight Center imparts self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-respect. Instructors specialize in Israeli combat tactics including knife fighting, ground survival, and HaganaH, a full-contact form of self-defense that incorporates krav maga and hisardut. The center also offers combat fitness classes, which condition bodies using HaganaH fighting techniques, as well as Zumba classes, which eschew combat in favor of pure calorie burning. For an East Asian approach, the center’s Brazilian jiu jitsu lessons teach students to overpower a larger attacker or a declawed grizzle bear using chokes and holds, while taekwondo classes focus primarily on striking and thrusting with kicks and punches.
While you might have to worry about what lurks behind every corner at Haunted Scarehouse, there is one thing you won't have to worry about: an umbrella. That's because all of the gobblins, ghosts, and ghouls in the House of Nightmares and The Attic live indoors. So no matter what the weather, thrill-seekers can stay dry and warm as they carefully make their way past dark corners and ghostly visages spread across two fright-filled floors. The house is known for its especially terrifying denizens, so staff recommend it for children ages 8 and older or those who are descended from ghosts.
Corks pop and spirits flow at Eastcoast School of Bartending, where students learn the tricks of the trade in a realistic environment. When not busy in the classroom, students man an actual a 35-foot U-shaped bar stocked with more than 250 bottles, bar utensils, and more than 200 glasses of varying types ready to aid on the journey to bartending mastery. Eastcoast’s instructors cover all areas of the craft, including drink recipes, customer service, alcohol awareness, and how to memorize every regular’s favorite cartoon character. After completing the course, students receive a graduation license approved by the New Jersey Department of Education and recognized in all 50 states. Eastcoast also offers graduates free job-placement services and refresher training for life.
Fit Boot Camp's team of certified trainers and CrossFit coaches lead students through motivational fitness adventures featured in New Jersey Life. Each 45-minute workout incorporates plenty of personal attention and modifiable exercises to prepare the body for everyday physical challenges such as hoisting groceries and moving the refrigerator from room to room. Bucking traditional gym exercises, engaging workouts such as tire dragging, tire flipping, rope climbing, and sledgehammer swinging help shed weight, tone arms, tighten torsos, and strengthen sinews. Plyometrics such as box jumps cultivate power and speed, saving people the hassle of having to simulate those qualities with foam barbells and strobe lights.
In addition to housing a show room full of discounted pianos, violins, guitars, and other new instruments, B Natural Pianos and Music School is home to a cadre of teachers who illuminate burgeoning musicians from the tender age of 3. Instructors hold a bachelor’s degree in music in one hand while playing their instrument of choice with the other. They lead private and group lessons on more than a dozen instruments, such as piano, guitar, and tamed guitarfish. The music school also teaches voice.