Founded in 1985, Epicurean gives choppers with any level of chops a hands-on—or a knives-on-and-hands-away— lesson, lead by trained instructors. During Cupcakes Couture III, students create stylish cupcakes, such as chocolate cherry cordial and strawberry with brown sugar crème fraiche icing. For clock-watchers or those trained in the fast-paced world of cup stacking competitions or speed chess, the menu of Jiffy Meals can all be prepared in less than 30 minutes. During the Sauces course, gravy un-clumps and au jus is finally translated (spoiler alert: it means "oh, you!"). Jesse Brune of Food Network's Private Chefs of Beverly Hills leads salad formations during Salad Daze and combines healthy edibles in Fit to Eat. Check out the full schedule of classes here.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule).
Held on the Anaheim Hilton Hotel's lanai and sunset decks, Kids Help Children is a fundraiser that will benefit the CHOC Children's Hospital. Celebrities such as Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical, Chelsea Staub of Disney's Jonas, Chyler Leigh from Grey's Anatomy and many others are scheduled to make red carpet appearances, giving kids photo and autograph ops with the young stars who will be within reach of a very long arm. They'll even see performances by Ariana Grande of Nickelodeon's Victorious, as well as Savvy & Mandy from Radio Disney and others. During the event, kids can win prizes for themselves and CHOC patients, chat with Sea World reps, conquer obstacle courses filled with wild animals, and eat their fill of refreshments.
Stroller Strides puts an athletic twist on quality time, as baby-filled strollers serve as resistance during one-hour cardio and toning classes. Certified instructors corral gaggles of moms after they wheel buggies to a designated outdoor meeting spot, assembling at least 15 minutes prior to a class's start time for a short warm-up. From there, teachers lead students and their precious cargo across parks as they power-walk their way to cardiovascular health and wield provided exercise tubing, the stroller itself, or diaper bags filled with bronzed booties for body toning. Stroller Strides suggests toting babies that are at least 6 weeks old, but welcomes kids of any age that enjoy carriage riding to accompany their moms.
The expert instructors at Seas The Day Scuba arm swimmers with the skills to explore spectacular landscapes under the sea. They lead a variety of classes that range in difficulty from beginner to professional and in purpose from recreational to technical for divers of all ages. For those who are serious about the sport, they lead courses that result in a PADI certification, which grants students the ability to dive in waters all over the world. Along with classes that include fins-on excursions to the pool and the beach, they lead trips to such far-flung locations as Fiji and Indonesia, introducing divers to some of the world's most awe-inspiring underwater vistas. And they offer equipment rental and maintenance, tuning regulators or refilling tanks without the help of any blowfish.
There are many ways to spend 20 hours in front of a computer, but few could potentially set one on a new career path. Express Bartender's 12-part course digitally prepares its students to cross behind the bar and pour 125 popular cocktails. The course, which includes lessons on garnishes, liquor history, and pouring techniques, can be taken at the student's own pace. Upon completion of the course, newly minted mixologists are entitled to aid with job leads, resumé reviews, and a printable origami mortarboard.