Erin Spitzberg of Nutrition by Design, LLC holds a master's degree in nutrition from New York University. The registered dietitian and certified nutritionist draws on this experience during nutritional counseling sessions. She works with clients aged 16 and up to design custom meal plans based on health, lifestyle, and food preferences.
World of Wings strives to teach children the value of life and introduce them to the wonders of the natural world through its butterfly atrium and museum. Paths wind through an oasis of waterfalls, tropical plants, chirping birds, and nectar flowers, which provide food for the hundreds of Lepidoptera fluttering inside the glass enclosure. Knowledgeable staffers are on-hand to explain to visitors why butterflies exhibit certain behaviors, such as puddling (butterflies drink from muddy puddles when they need minerals and there's no bottle of S.Pellegrino around).
In the museum, guests can visit with amphibians and reptiles, observe the process of preserving delicate insects, and peek in the butterfly nursery. Staffers move winged beauties from the nursery into the atrium once a day, letting new butterflies experience their first flight in full view of visitors.
For fun with slightly less science, kids can scale a climbing wall, go nuts in a bounce room, visit the ocean-like bubble room, and have their eyes tricked in the illusion room.
Cutie Patooties outfits newborns to 10-year-olds in stylish clothing from brands such as RuffleButts, Knuckleheads Clothing, Le Top, and We Squeak and fills their tiny hands with books, artwork, and toys. Toddler Posh hair bows bedeck babes dressing up for preschool presidential elections ($5), a pin-stripe fedora by Knuckleheads Clothing spiffs up future adult men ($30), and RuffleButts bottoms disguise diapers so babies can go out on the town without shame ($18+).
Though it doesn’t have its own zip code, yet, Kidville is a sought-after destination for youngsters. The bustling children’s center pulsates with activities designed to cultivate youngsters’ social and developmental skills, such as classes in music, dance, and cooking. Art classes foster creativity and self-expression, and a play space helps children unleash pent-up energy more effectively than journaling on the living room wall in permanent marker. The fun zone also hosts birthday parties in various themes—including railroad, racecar, fairy princess, and superhero—in which the staff takes care of the details, set-up, and cleanup, allowing parents to join in on the fun.
Further accommodating parents, Kidville offers parenting seminars, nutritious snacks in the café, and kid-friendly garments in the boutique.
Jump Up N Bounce brings the fun of a playground indoors. Atop and inside inflated ladders, tunnels, and bounce houses, kids release pent-up energy while playing with friends and other children. Meanwhile, parents can rest easy and avoid the worries associated with outdoor parks, such as kids falling onto wood chips or answering a troll’s riddles to use the slide. Parties at the play center mirror their outdoor versions, except festivities take place in a private room with colorful tables.
The phosphorescent, indoor landscape at Monster Mini Golf immerses putters in an eerie universe that inverts the sun-soaked cheer of conventional courses. Rimmed in glowing green barriers, 18 holes lure swingers of all sizes to challenge their coordination and resolve in the face of winged monsters, scowling animated trees, a creepy clown, and their opponents' shockingly dazzling smiles. Sheltered from searing rain and howling wind, the indoor course enables play around hazards such as a spell well and luminous, ghostly windmill at any time of the year. An in-house radio station and DJ mask the sound of pounding hearts with lively beats and course commentary, and golfers looking for additional glory can win prizes by participating in regular contests or at the onsite arcade (arcade games not covered by this Groupon).
A yawn, a smile, a flinch of the arm—before a baby is even born, he or she has begun communicating. Baby's Premiere 3D/4D Ultrasound Studio gives families and parents-to-be a live look-in at these mini milestone moments, all without installing a window on the mother's belly. A certified sonographer with 15 years of experience built Baby's Premiere to be a place for bonding. Relatives do just that by watching their newest addition to the family on a 46-inch flat-screen TV, and reliving the experience time and again with videos, photos, and other keepsakes.