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.
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.
Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness first opened its 35,000-square-foot fitness centers in 1979, and the specialists have since maintained a commitment to helping their members lead healthier lifestyles. They work in partnership with hospitals and medical professionals to stay keen on current research, turning this information into personal-training programs and professional advice for members of all fitness levels. In addition to programs in fitness and recreation, health education, and nutrition, Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness offers more than 60 group fitness classes. Members can shake up their routines with group cycling, yoga, and Pilates sessions, or tune out the surrounding world while burning calories on TV-equipped cardio machines. Member amenities also include basketball courts and an aquatics center in addition to outlets for kids including a youth activities center and babysitting services for kids that are tired of pretending to be their mom's fanny pack as she works out.
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.