The Play Escape entertains kids with three stories of ball pits, oversize slides, climbing areas, and other attractions. With all-access admission (up to a $15.90 value), two sprinting younglings can spend the day racing over colorful obstacles and tossing their 20 tokens (a $5 value) into Dance Dance Revolution machines or the 100-point skee-ball holes, which are rumored to grant wishes and federal funding.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Although most of Fun and Fit's classes center around Zumba, they still have plenty of variety. Zumba-toning, for example, combines maraca-like sticks with Latin dance moves to reduce fat, sculpt torsos, and calibrate the brain's metronome. Participants new to Zumba can acclimate themselves in the hip-swinging Beginners class, while Zumba Kids caters to students aged 4–12 with hip-hop music and choreography designed specifically for kids.
Rooftop120 welcomes visitors into a high-class cosmopolitan atmosphere of year-round rooftop seating, potent martinis, fresh oysters, and seasonal dishes that showcase a variety of culinary styles. The bill of fare promises beers, wines, and cocktails paired with fresh ahi tuna, truffle-tinged fries, heirloom-tomato salads, and other small plates made from local produce that earned accolades from the Hartford Advocate as one of the best new bars, restaurants, and outdoor-dining destinations of 2012. Live bands or piano music set a soundtrack for nights out on the town, and sports packages keep fans informed of the latest on-field exploits and product endorsements from their favorite athletes. The seasonal menu and adaptable space keep guests comfortable and satisfied throughout the year, as they gather around the crackling fire pit and dine on butternut-squash soup in colder months or sip refreshing cocktails on the open-air patio in the summer.
Some might say Darci McHenry's qualified staff members make an unusual team: several specialize in hosting parties, and they are experienced temporary-tattoo artists and balloon twisters, and Darci, who appeared on Toddlers and Tiaras in 2013, holds years of experience as a face painter and art instructor. Together, these artists and planners helm TeachArt2Me's plethora of art-education programs for children from preschool up to ninth grade. They organize year-round themed art camps suited to each age group, which focus on disciplines in painting, drawing, collage making, sculpture, and environment-based science. They also coordinate children's birthday parties, which feature craft projects based on a chosen theme, such as learning to draw comics or emulate Picasso's Blue Period.
Whether you need a racket restrung in the pro shop or want to hear stories about the time he taught an up-and-coming Maria Sharapova, Glastonbury Tennis Club director Jim Melesko happily consults with visitors on all aspects of the game. Jim oversees the club's six championship courts, where he and his fellow professional teachers coach kids and adults alike. Their lessons cover game basics to tournament techniques, preparing students for both casual and USTA team matches. Spectators can observe practicing players from an observation deck in the lounge, which is equipped with daycare centers and free WiFi.