Kids' sponge-like brains can't help but absorb their surroundings, which unfortunately may be becoming increasingly stressful. "Never before in human history have we been flooded with [so much] information and technology," founder Kelli Slavin says. "Parents don’t know how to deal with it. Kids don't know how to deal with it." But she helps combat overburdened minds with The Light Academy's combination of Kundalini yoga and art classes for kids. Kundalini yoga focuses on breathing as the gateway to inner peace and health. It "stimulates the glandular system [and helps] engage the brain … and promote general wellness." She leads kids through Kundalini exercises, helping them to soothe their minds and teaching them to cope with anxiety and stress, ultimately pushing them to connect to their inner "greatness."
With that inner greatness, kids can interpret the world through art. "Giving kids a creative outlet is very important," Slavin says. "They're downloading whatever is in their head and making something beautiful." Classes delve into exciting projects, such as creating original comic books and making kites, or arming homemade piñatas with popsicle-stick swords or giant, weeping doe eyes.:m]]
Coffee-shop owner, barista, and coffee consultant Tony DiCorpo and his fellow bean specialists acquaint curious coffee sippers with the art of crafting brews during hands-on tastings in the coffee roastery's full espresso bar. Geared toward everyone from home enthusiasts to professional baristas and coffee-shop owners, participants taste gourmet coffee samples as hosts explain their characteristics, such as their origin and flavor.
The bead emporium hosts coveted classes for jewelry-crafting pilgrims, ranging from the basic techniques of Beading 101 to the Level 27 magical Loremaster powers of advanced metalsmithing. Basic classes range in price from $32 to $42, while more-advanced classes range from $38 (soldering and forming lentil charms) to $135 (bezel setting and intro to silversmithing). If you have any of your $50 Groupon credit left after registering for a class, spend it on the materials necessary for the class (except the etching pendants or dichroic classes), or use it toward bringing a friend along or taking a second class. The store's quaint, whitewashed façade conceals a dragon's den of beads, gemstones, and jewelry-crafting supplies, some of which, like dragons, spew fire. Beads are arranged in an organized and beautiful manner on a variety of tabletops and in glass display cases, simplifying the hunt-and-gather process for nomadic artisans. The bead collection comes from countries around the world, and 90% of the semi-precious beads are handpicked and gem-graded A+ by sparkling schoolmarms.
Fitworks is home to a dedicated cadre of certified muscle architects who guide eager physiques through intense, small group workouts. Peruse the schedule before sampling a tension-undoing yoga class or a weekend-morning muscle-pump session, ideal for prepping for an underwater bench-press that will determine the office's next round of promotions. One-hour Zumba classes harness the rhythmic power of merengue, conga, belly dancing, and more to kill calories while resuscitating sleepy toes. After classes, students can freshen up or flex unused singing muscles in Fitworks' shower facilities.
As Beautiful Beginnings Infant Massage's teachers point out, the first sense a child develops in the womb is touch. Once born, a baby explores the world with its tiny hands, learning all sorts of information. That leaves touch as the first way parents can meaningfully communicate with their children.
The co-founders of Beautiful Beginnings Infant Massage believe that massage is a great way for parents to establish communication and trust with their kids. The benefits aren't just on the children's end, though. One of the founders says her favorite part of their work is "seeing parents gain confidence in their skills and watching the joyful interactions between them and their child."
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Group classes for infant massage