Vertical enthusiasts test their anti-gravity gumption against Red Dragon’s 14'x14' climbing wall during open-climb sessions six days a week. Divided into three sections for beginner, intermediate, and advanced scrabblers, the multifaceted wall can introduce an element of danger to first dates or partnered physics study sessions. After an experienced instructor explains safety precautions and basic belaying techniques, each novice scaler straps into a rental harness before going aloft to explore myriad handholds and footholds. Alternatively, a 6'x16' roof section challenges more advanced grips, while bouldering courses and a wall-to-ceiling climbing rope help mix up routines for regular customers or easily bored spiders.
Tardiness will cost you at The Training Box. For every minute of class latecomers miss, they must perform three burpees—a challenging union of pushups and jumping jacks. The gym operates under a no-excuses approach to fitness, packing its 6,000-square-foot functional training space with punching bags, a rock-climbing wall, and strength-training equipment, and conducting high-intensity CrossFit and MMA classes throughout the week. CrossFit Level 1 certified instructors shout words of motivation and favorite Dr. Seuss quotes to classes of students of all shapes and sizes, leading them through the daunting, ever-changing gamut of exercises. To keep patrons healthy outside the gym, staff members dole out nutritional tips and advice and even write up healthy menus that guests can follow at home.
Kid-centric Music Pups classes make kids from birth to age 5 want to move to the groove alongside a dance-partner parent. The 45-minute classes, led by enthusiastic musical educators, aim to help children develop an appreciation for music through fun and stimulating activities during a time when they are most likely to absorb new information like tiny rhythmic vampires. Classes include one illustrated songbook and a CD to continue the musical fun at home. The retail stock at Kids Rock Music Class offers a range of kid-friendly merchandise, from pretty puppets ($19.99) to personalized CDs ($14.95+), and musical instruments such as recorders ($6.99), kazoos ($3.99), and harmonicas ($5.99), perfect for continuing classroom lessons at home.
The art masters behind Vino's Picasso throw pretentions aside during each of their painting sessions, where artists of all skill levels gather to express their creativity and make new friends. As students arrive with their favorite drinks in tow, they settle in amid lime-green walls dotted with finished paintings. Local artists pass out all necessary supplies—such as acrylic paints, brushes, canvases, and easels—and begin a lesson on a particular painting while offering tips as pupils complete their masterpieces. In addition to their instructed sessions, Vino's also offers open paint sessions, and private parties for brides-to-be and spies who just want to learn about painting. While artists wait for their paint to dry, they can peruse the Starving Artist's gallery and bar, where limited production wine and craft beers bask in the glow of paintings produced by local artists. Students are also welcome to purchase gifts or stock up on supplies.
The staff at Dlynne Designs helps patrons to create iridescent, eye-catching jewelry and keepsake items. The lesson calendar contains a variety of options and subjects, including a two-hour introductory course and private instruction. During the workshops, blossoming artisans learn techniques for cutting and fusing glass, skills useful for creating colorful works of art or combining glass eyes into larger, unusable glass eyes. Experienced teachers show pupils how to make pendants and jewelry in small-group or private-party settings, both of which allow students to bond with one another.