Rompy the dog doesn’t just wag his tail at children in Romp n’ Roll, he also leads them in group singing and dancing. Whether in life-sized or puppet form, the indoor playground’s floppy-eared mascot serves as an invaluable teaching aid for instructors in developmental, parent-assisted classes. Nurturing minds and muscles in small groups, teachers lead babies, toddlers, and children up to 5 years old through educational activities based in movement and gymnastics, art, and music, emphasizing the skills necessary to grow up big and strong like their favorite school crossing guard. Each week, classes focus on a chosen theme—such as pirates, zoo animals, or superheroes—which children explore through stories, open playtime, and group activities. Staffers also open the gym’s padded arena, filled with jungle gyms and trampolines, for open play, as well as themed summer and winter camps.
At High Points Farm, warriors duck and weave through rainbow-colored obstacles, huge wooden spools, and thickets of trees, all to evade opposing players shooting at them with high-powered paint markers. The farm grounds transform into Torrid Paintball Sports' battlefield, where players engage in scenario games and tournaments with the latest markers and gear.
A family whose love for flora spans three generations, the Stadlers started their plant-growing endeavors back in 1932 when Paul Stadler began gardening for clients in Georgetown after emigrating from Switzerland. Soon, they opened up a small landscaping-and-gardening center, and today—more than 75 years later—Stadler Nurseries has grown to populate 340 acres of fertile land where they propagate native plants, landscaping shrubs, trees, roses, and more than 700 varieties of perennials. A staff of horticulturists and enthusiastic green thumbs helps visitors navigate the vast greenhouses and outdoor gardens, offering tips on how to prune leaves, fertilize soil, and teach plants how to roll over on command.
Theodora’s Beautiful Beads, also known as Bead Attitudes, is a quaint shop bursting with quality beads and stringing supplies. A cascading collection of Czech and old German glass (ranging from $2 to $35 per strand) lines the colorful walls, along with a panoply of seed beads and freshwater pearls ($10–$15). Also available is a large selection of specialty beads and art glass, as distinguished and intriguing as a rogue gun-slinging butler. Supplies are neatly assembled to inspire interesting compositions and exquisite designs. Beaders also can feast their fingers on an extensive collection of stringing materials, as well as a treasure trove of chain, sterling, silver plate, and copper (ranging from $1.25 to $30 per foot). The staff at Theodora’s is dedicated to bead-craft and is more than happy to offer advice about project difficulties and expound on the benefits of a bead-based economy.
Offering easy, once-a-month delivery, DrinkMore Water is a locally owned and operated outfit that gives homeowners access to clean, clear, BPA-free drinking water that has passed through a 10-stage ultra-purification process that removes more than 99.5% of all contaminants, including chromium. With today’s Groupon, technicians will outfit homes with one white hot-and-cold Crystal Mountain cooler with a spillproof top, along with five BPA-free five-gallon bottles with built-in handles. DrinkMore’s fast, friendly water wards will also return a month later to replace any empty bottles with up to five containers of aqua pura.
South Moon Under is an upscale retailer that offers an eclectic mix of clothing and home décor for fashion-savvy shoppers. Browse digital or physical shelves stocked with brands and designers including Marc by Marc Jacobs, French Connection, UGG, and more. Women's apparel includes stylish staples such as Michael Stars v-neck tees in a rainbow of season-flattering hues ($49.75), and menswear includes shirts such as the whimsical Topo Ranch tour bus tee ($39.50). Undercover princesses can peruse jewelry adornables such as a bow-bedecked Floral bracelet, sure to punch up colorless ensembles and add color to ensemble punch parties ($38). Present the ideal present with a prettily practical Vieta whip-stitch saddle bag ($49), or accessorize homes with touches such as an Illume monogram votive, ideal for a thoughtful personalized gift for anyone who still spells their name using the alphabet ($12).