Snakes slither in glass display cases, and lizards wriggle in the hands of trained handlers as they're held up in full view of a curious crowd. This is the scene as one of Repticon's presenters educates attendees on the biology, behavior, and typing speeds of exotic cold-blooded creatures at one of the year-round shows held in cities across the country. Reptile and amphibian breeders, scholars, and handlers engage audiences in lectures and demonstrations in the midst of live reptile exhibits, family activities, and displays for exotic-pet supplies. Presentations may focus on the genetics of large snake species, the specifics of exotic-pet care, and the effect that tiny hats have on the image of arachnids such as tarantulas, scorpions, and spiders.
Popcorn Media gives kids the chance to experience strutting down the red carpet during their Movie Star workshops and weeklong camps. Attendees soak up the secrets of screen acting from a director who works with Disney and Nickelodeon studios while producing their own unique work. They oversee each production element that goes into a film's creation, from lighting and filming to rehearsing and giving their parents an autograph. At the end of each camp, kids attend a red-carpet premier of their work amid the applause of friends and family.
Gravity is a limit, and the safety-conscious staff at Get Air Sportsplex won't stand for that—they help guests of all ages defy Newton's obsession. Their facility is chock-full of aerial-activity apparatus, including 50 huge trampolines, an 80-foot dodge-ball court, and five foam pits. Each foam pit is outfitted with TVs so that jumpers can watch delayed replays of their cannonballs and airborne tricks. There's a kids' area, too, that invites little ones to bounce on a trampoline slide and foam pit without risking injury or the most common outcome of jumping on the bed: having your parents replace your bed with a sleeping bag. An expansive parkour arena dares adventurous guests to test their physical discipline. Friendly staffers also prepare party rooms to help groups celebrate birthdays, corporate events, or a pogo stick's retirement party.
Specializing in framing memorabilia, Canyon Gallery & Framing preserves prized possessions and treasured memories with expert custom-framing services and top-notch materials. Browsers can choose from more than 2,000 framing samples, hundreds of mats, and even different glass types, such as a museum glass that showcases works of art while offering a portal into any of the world's great art museums. Ready-made rectangles range from petite 5"x7" ($10+) and 11"x14" ($20+) frames to larger 20"x24" ($45+) frames, ideal for housing renegade prints ($10+). Whether it's an impressive stamp collection or the dress from a baby's first trip to a haunted mansion, custom framing ($75+) by a seasoned staff member carefully encases pieces in acid-free materials that aid in conservation.
Gangrene Film Festival has been ground zero for the short-film community for 15 years, showcasing comedic vignettes from independent filmmakers from around the world. And each year, the festival gets weird with live entertainment that coalesces around a single theme. While 2013, for example, featured rock-and-roll hits played on tubas, the 2014 edition of Gangrene celebrates a space-lounge motif with a 20-piece big band playing the Latin-tinged, space-age lounge pop of composer Juan Garc?a Esquivel.
After the film festival itself triggers its last giggle fit, the Gangrene Film Festival Creative Symposium takes over. Leaders in a variety of media, including writing, music, filmmaking, and visual arts, host seminars about how to make money in their industry. Presenters include fantasy novelist Paul Genesse, who wrote The Golden Cord, short-film screenwriter Blake Casselman, and filmmaker Ali Barr.
Emily Jane Center for Dance?s owner, Emily Jane Weaver, couldn?t wait until she graduated from college to become a dance teacher. Though she received her BFA from the University of Utah?s nationally ranked modern-dance program in 2012, she began teaching in 2008. A dancer herself since 1995, Emily and her crew lead group classes for students as young as 18 months in a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip-hop. Classes unique to the center include "Mornings/Afternoons of Magic" and "Me & Tot."