I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.
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 the mid-20th century, gymnasts developed a training tool that allowed them to rehearse their flips without fear of gravity. The mini trampolines that they used had an unexpected side effect, however: elation.
Today, Jump Station of Michigan straps visitors of all ages into these springy apparatus, outfitting them with a safety harness that is connected to stretchy elastic bands. The cords simultaneously provide lift and negate a harsh impact upon landing while propelling jumpers into thrilling leaps and flips. The experience even constitutes a stimulating cardio workout as heart rates increase during each jump. Groups can reserve the air-conditioned space for a private party, which includes unlimited jumping and games, and then head over to the Zap Zone next door for rounds of laser tag, glow golf, and go-karting.
For those who don't know how to sew, there are two options: enlist the services of someone who does or crack the books. Design Sewing Studio offers both skilled sewers and classes that teach novices how to do it themselves.
Master tailor Gwen Gordon and her team work closely with clients to complete personalized pieces, whether the client needs a black-tie gown or a set of curtains to drape over their head at work when they need to focus. Alternatively, the team teaches group classes to those who want to learn basic machine skills and intermediate-level alterations. They also offer open studio sessions and remain nearby to answer any questions.
Founded by artist Robin Schoof, Kitty Q’s Expressive Art Studios, LLC helps students of all ages unlock their artistic potential in a nurturing environment. A certified art educator with extensive studies in art therapy, Robin specializes in expressive-art classes that give kids and adults the opportunity to release their emotions in healthier ways than tantrums or trying to get in on the neighbors’ domestic spats. Classes offer more formalized instruction, and open-studio time lets youngsters go creatively wild with the facility's artistic materials.
Dance Motion Xplosion carries on the legacy of MBS Training Center for the Performing Arts, which provided 30 years of dance instruction to Detroit-area students. Two instructors affiliated with MBS, Sabrina Breedlove and Shira Duncan, now inspire a new wave of dancers by teaching the foundations of technique, discipline, and music appreciation. They lead all ages and skill levels through hip-hop, ballet, and Zumba classes and keep advanced students on their toes with competitive performing groups.