Inflated structures, slides, and games fill the climate-controlled environs of the numerous BounceU locations that speckle the nation. At each site, staff members closely monitor all activities as little ones traverse obstacle courses or pull on oversized inflatable boxing gloves. The crew also invites parents to join in on the fun, letting them bounce alongside their kids or make sweeping edicts from atop a bouncy-castle throne. In addition to open sessions, the indoor-play haven sets the stage for the Preschool Playdate program, where instructors lead games and activities. Special events include family-bounce night, which lets parents join in the bouncing or relax in the party room and do grownup things, such as eat marshmallows with a knife and fork.
My Kitchen's seasoned instructors set aside their professional-catering duties to demystify culinary secrets during hands-on cooking classes for adults and children. Grown-ups can delve into the gustatory traditions of the Mediterranean with an Easy Italian Gourmet course that spends three hours teaching the basics of whisking together such Italian classics as chicken marsala with linguine, tiramisu, and edible frescoes. Three-hour Introduction to Cake Decorating sessions flood senses with confectionery delights and teach attendees valuable pastry skills, including how to properly shellac buttercream icing, how to adorn desserts with palate-pleasing décor, and how to level a cake without a wrecking ball. Classes for children teach burgeoning sous-chefs how to handcraft fresh meals that don't include fruit-roll-up hors d'oeuvres or Play-Doh aperitifs, with sessions that occasionally focus on world cuisines from locales such as West Africa and Italy.
Birthday Party Discounter, which has one of the largest selections of personalized party invitations, favors, banners, decorations, thank-you notes, and supplies, helps hosts plan celebrations in one click with customized kits shipped to customers' doors as quickly as overnight. Everything from pi?atas and balloons to plates and cake toppers come in a variety of themes featuring kids' most beloved characters that aren't German philosophers, including Sesame Street, Disney princesses, and superheroes. Along with the interactive games for kids' parties, adults can celebrate their own way with party packages and decorations designed for birthday boys and girls from ages 18 to 100.
On February 1, 2011, Linganore Winecellars' staff members celebrated with a barrel tasting. They had just finalized the winery's transition to operating on strictly sustainable wind power.
Founded in 1971 by the Aellen family, Linganore has since expanded in every way, from its grape selection to new bottling rooms to a renovation of the offices in the 19th-century barn on the grounds. Today, the sustainable winery stocks more wines than ever before, with its award-winning selection including traditional grape varietals, fruit wines, and specialty bottles. The idyllic winery routinely hosts events as well, with concerts, tastings, and tours taking place 361 days out of the year, granting the grapes four days to just hang out.
The scents of made-to-order sandwiches first started wafting from the doors of The Woodside Deli in 1947, when it began meeting the lunching, snacking, and catering needs of the residents of Silver Spring. Decades of success saw the business overgrow its original location and expand to one in Rockville, where a restaurant menu offers up chewy bagels, meaty diner fare, and philly cheesesteaks dripping with melted provolone cheese. High Holiday and Passover menus offer kosher treats, and catering services can fill bellies at bar or bat mitzvahs, corporate events, and baby’s-first-tax-return parties.
A nonprofit community arts center, VisArts fills its studios with artists learning techniques of creative expression, and acts as an exhibition opportunity for seasoned creators. Classes span a wide artistic spectrum, including concentrations such as ceramics and glass, many of which can be specifically tailored for the educational needs of children or resurrected Renaissance men in need of a new hobby. VisArts also enriches the community with a trifecta of galleries?the Kaplan, Gibbs Street, and Common Ground?and a thriving resident-artist program.