Playworks organizes activities that motivate kids to stay active during recess and developmental afterschool programs such as volleyball. Its coed volleyball league encourages inclusive and invigorating play after school for fourth- and fifth-grade students in nine public and charter partner schools around Durham. Teams of 10–12 players incorporate social activity into their play while developing agility, teamwork skills, and spatial awareness in a safe environment. Playworks needs additional funding for registration fees for the volleyball players, which covers the costs of organization, staff time, and equipment.
One of the few original theaters in Durham to remain in operation, the Carolina Theatre has endured more than 85 years of history in its quest to entertain. The venue's main room, Fletcher Hall, rose in popularity during World War II, when soldiers from Camp Butner arrived by bus to watch films on its colossal screen. In the last three decades, ongoing renovations have restored the venue to its original glory while propelling it into contemporary times with the addition of modern accoutrements, including two upstairs movie screens, stage-level dressing rooms, and landing pads on the roof for skateboard hovercrafts.
Youngsters bound across a sea of slides and playground equipment spread across the 6,500-square-foot indoor oasis at PlayNation Parties & Playgrounds of Morrisville. Rescue play time from the evil grips of rain, cold weather, and homework taped to meteorites by heading indoors for uninterrupted fun during open-play hours—Tuesday–Friday afternoons and select times on weekends. Kids burn energy as they climb on wooden playsets and rock walls, hang around on tire swings, and jump to their heart's content in a bouncy castle. Wee little ones can toddle around Breckenridge Village, a separate play area with two wooden playhouses designed specifically for pint-size citizens. Admission transfers a full day of action to each child, and punch cards can cover a single child for multiple visits or a herd of wild things for a single day.
While the kids are at play, adults relax in PlayNation's two parent lounges, which come equipped with flat-screen TVs, comfy seats, and a Wii gaming station. The sheltered playground floods every chamber with light so parents can clearly pick out their progeny. It also sports a colorful foam floor to help prevent boo-boos resulting from tiny tumbles or attempts to stage a children's production of Cliffhanger.
Patrons of Park West Barber School not only get the satisfaction of knowing they'll be treated to services that are as wallet friendly as they are relaxing, they also get the pleasure of helping aspiring barbers hone their skills to prepare for future careers as barbers or scissors-wielding ninjas. Park West's students can take care of one’s most basic haircare needs with a quick shampoo and haircut or indulge clients a little more with a soothing scalp or hot-oil treatment or an old-fashioned hot shave.
The face of the clock determines just what sort of gathering you'll find at La Residence. On Fridays at lunchtime, crepes leave the kitchen stuffed with sweet and savory fillings, from sriracha-spiced shrimp to bananas and chocolate. But as the sky darkens, a more classical air settles over the dining room. The fireplace begins to crackle, and patio lights flicker on above brick flooring. Now, Executive Chef Lemar Farrington and his team begin to prep appetizers of baked brie and warm bruschetta—overtures to an innovative French supper. They fill crispy pot pies with fresh seafood while monitoring pink cuts of filet mignon. Every night finds them experimenting with a different risotto and fish, just as each season heralds a new menu, replete with ingredients from local farms.
Even when dusk has come and gone, the restaurant doesn't sleep. Four nights a week, it becomes a late-night cocktail lounge: Cafe LaRez. Guests sip on mojitos, mint juleps, and French 75s made with gin and champagne. A dance floor beckons to antsy feet, but sitting-room corners and a terrace by Rosemary Street provide space for quieter chats. On some evenings, the restaurant even hosts weddings, amplifying the romance of the occasion with its rose gardens and historical charm.
For more than 30 years, Water World Scuba & Marine's experienced staff has mentored aspiring amphibians with a medley of scuba courses. The Discover Scuba class outlines basic subaquatic skills in an area pool, and outfits students with all the necessary equipment for a proper first-time plunge. Schools of 8–10 swimmers follow PADI lesson plans during the one-hour seminar, which permits pupils to flipper down to an average dive depth of 12 feet—the ideal depth for safely making raspberries at passing jet skiers. After the course, participants may opt to continue their underwater education and credit their time toward future PADI Open Water Diver certification. Aquanauts should call ahead to reserve classes, and must bring their own bathing suit, towel, and sea-snake-handling tongs.
Padded floors at varying levels. Beams, bars, and springs sprouting from them. Blue, red, and yellow coloring it all. It looks like a fancy playground, and in many ways it is, but its purpose is much more layered. At Bull City Gymnastics, this vibrant space is used to teach kids discipline and fitness, all while they're having fun flipping and tumbling. To teach all that and boost athleticism, instructors get kids aged 3 and older on balance beams, trampolines, and gymnastics rings during one-hour classes. They can even get parents in on the action during 45-minute parent and tot classes for little ones. Camps and parties that include games, crafts, and gymnastics also keep kids engaged and focused on healthy fun.