The wine specialists behind Heartwood & Oak Wine Merchants combine two elements as well-matched as vanilla notes in a pinot noir—curated wine selections and affordability. Their carefully sourced wine selections offer significant savings on each tasty glass while introducing clients to new varietals from far-flung locales. Samplers, such as their curated selection of Spanish reds, combine wines by region, style, season, or likelihood of being stolen by the ghost of Hemingway.
While students certainly build muscles at Little Feet Taekwondo, the martial-arts instructors focus more on strengthening each person's self-confidence. They work with all levels—white belts to black belts—to develop mental discipline, physical coordination, and defensive ability. Little Feet Taekwondo's instructors train students as young as 3, and family classes accommodate ages 10 and up, including adults. That way, kids and their parents can break boards and come up with their superhero catch phrases side by side.
Gateway Parks Eagle Snow Park creates a pristine winter wonderland year-round. Snow machines sprinkle flakes on the ground, and a snowcat ensures a smooth surface every night once the lights go off. In the morning, staff send guests flying down the snow lanes on tubes, skis, snowboards, and snow skates. Specially built jumps, rails, and creative elements allow advanced sportsmen and sportswomen to practice tricks on the way down.
Once snow hits the ground, Idaho Sleigh Rides celebrates the season by transporting riders across the wintry wonderland in horse-drawn sleighs and opening up snowflake-festooned terrain for tubing and snowmobiling. Sleighs run with the help of equine employees Poncho and Cisco, four-legged brothers that earned their wagon-pulling chops at the Rose Bowl Parade and Boise Holiday Parade. Idaho Sleigh Rides slings Dutch-oven-style meals built from roast, potatoes, and cobbler, as well as buckaroo burgers, to prevent guests' rumbling stomachs from disrupting the bucolic stillness or sleep patterns of temperamental yeti.
In 1998, School of Rock's first location was built in Philadelphia to strengthen kids' self-confidence, develop their musicianship, and most importantly, spark an insatiable enthusiasm to learn. Today, the School of Rock franchise has branched out to more than 65 locations throughout the United States and Mexico. During the school's music lessons, encouraging instructors well versed in methods of rocking and rolling—such as strumming guitars, tickling keyboards, and causing avalanches with yodels—demystify music theory for mini Mick Jaggers of all skill levels.
School of Rock's Rock 101 program acquaints beginners with the instrument of their choice using a curriculum of weekly private lessons and group band rehearsals. Virtuosos ready to hit the stage can participate in the performance program, which prepares students for live performances that pay homage to beloved rock icons such as Queen, Led Zeppelin, and Mount Rushmore.
In pools heated to a comfortable 90 degrees, Aqua-Tots Swim School's experienced instructors pass their aquatic knowledge onto younger generations. Before taking to the waters, the team sorts prospective swimmers into one of eight swim levels along with similarly skilled and aged peers. Teachers work alongside the parents of infants and toddlers to practice water safety skills and other swimming fundamentals such as blowing bubbles and interpreting whale songs. More advanced swimmers, meanwhile, master different strokes and techniques, and teachers incorporate more advanced concepts and the rules of competitive swimming as their charges progress through the levels.