If a subject is art-related, chances are you can learn about it at Around the Corner Art Center. With a slate of teachers who specialize in working with specific age groups and art mediums, students can learn how to sketch or sew, hone their brush strokes, and construct mixed-media pieces. With all these disciplines under one roof, there is a class for everyone from children to college art students to adults. The staff's love of art even extends to the birthday parties they host, with artistic themes that may include recreating a famous painting or learning how to draw cartoons, anime, and manga.
Bulldog Bootcamp & Nutrition combines the CrossFit approach to exercise with a highly disciplined nutritional regimen. As coach Maria likes to say, "Abs are made in the kitchen." The coaches embrace this outlook, challenging students with one-hour sessions of intense daily exercise that never involve exactly the same movements. They then equip students with nutritional insights and recipes to help them recover their strength, fuel the next day's workout, and avoid consuming foods that keep midsections squishy, such as raw pillows.
Whether the sun shines or hail falls from the sky, kids at Fun Play USA stay safe from the elements while having fun. In this colorful indoor playground, they clamber up the ladder to race down the slide, then glide through the air on the swings before jumping around the bounce house. With other toys and games, the arena plays host to many a birthday party, and the staff also stocks swing sets for purchase and installation at home or in the company break room.
Through the use of Legos, Bricks 4 Kidz encourages children to explore their imaginations and introduces them to the basics of engineering and architecture. Using Lego's bricks and robotics software, kids learn the basics of scientific concepts, such as torque, friction, and gravity, while developing creativity and critical-thinking skills. Aside from classes, Bricks 4 Kidz also offers open play, mommy-and-me sessions for preschoolers, and summer camp.
Cartwheels, jumps, and tumbles are just a few of the skills that children learn at Freehold Elite Gymnastics. Instructors teach them to complete each skill safely, helping them increase their physical strength and personal confidence with each class. The center also hosts private birthday parties with fun activities centered around the birthday child.
To help sugar artists of all skill levels take their desserts to new heights, Francesca Elmenshawy, owner of Francesca’s Cakery, joined accomplished cake designer Silvina Barboza to teach intensive baking courses. Though their 10- to 12-student classes range from Baking 101 to an intensive course held in Spanish, most of the lesson plans fall somewhere in the middle. Fondant classes, for instance, introduce the versatile cake-decorating and sculpting medium to cake decorators who prefer their art to be edible. A three-part series on gum-paste flowers targets lessons to specific skill levels, teaching beginners the basics of rolling and cutting material for the dessert flowers. The hands-on, accessible classes earned a mention on Food Babbles, a blog whose writer described the teacher as "a gracious hostess."