My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level (starting as young as six weeks) and designed to incorporate the latest physiological, psychological, and meteorological research. The North Phoenix location offers classes for all developmental degrees, from Tiny Tykes, a class for parents and babies that focuses on movement, to Whiz Kids, four-and-a-half- to six-year-olds mastering motor skills in to build strength, balance, and agility. Schedules and class options vary by location; click here to see the North Phoenix lineup.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
There's nothing humble about Humble Pie's pizza crust: Pulled from wood-fired ovens with a light, bubbly texture that crisps at lightly charred edges, it cracks to release a subtle aroma of smoke and yeast. For owner Tom Kaufman, the recipe demanded two months of tinkering and one month of building an underground vault to keep it from prying eyes. Customers tend to think the time was worth it as they bite into delicate slices topped with careful combinations of veggies, meats and cheeses, often locally sourced.
The potato-and-roasted-garlic pizza, for example, happily marries the fragrances of gorgonzola and rosemary. Retaining a botanical touch even on a meat-lover's pie, the Schreiners Sicilian Sausage sprinkles homemade mozzarella with "sprigs of roasted fennel [that] add another aromatic dimension," according to Phoenix New Times.
While the pizza may push some of the other menu items out of the limelight, fresh salads, grilled sandwiches, and traditional and twisted pastas earnestly pine for appetites' affections. The Our Way" Mac & Cheese adds aged white cheddar, italian bacon, and bread crumbs, distinguishing itself from its boxed brethren while forming an equally fun medium for kids' art projects, while wine, beer, and seasonal cocktails pair well with plates and pies alike.
The simple fact that Bridges Preschool has branched out to seven locations in a little more than 10 years speaks to the high caliber of its staff. Every teacher holds, or is close to completing, a degree in child development, early childhood education, or another related field. Plus, they must undergo a rigorous three- or four-part interview before they get the job.
But the preschool and kindergarten's rapid expansion must also be due in part to its unique curriculum, a large chunk of which relies on the Adventure Playgrounds at each of its schools. Inspired by learning playgrounds in Europe, each holds slightly different educational fixtures, such as a bird and butterfly habitat or a garden.
Koko Bee's Playhouse entertains tykes aged 10 and younger with a slew of indoor activities staged safely in sight of parents. Little feet blaze trails across the slide-filled subdivisions of playhouses that sprawl across the facility’s carpeted interior. The inflatable bounce house hosts jumping contests in its pillowy cavern, a train table entrances the minds of aspiring engineers, and a diaper-clad bouncer checks for photo IDs at the toddler-only play area. Toy dolls and tool sets inspire hours of imaginative play, and romps through the spaceship and medieval castle enlighten kids to the playtime customs of their historical counterparts. The staff orchestrates themed days on which kids can paint faces or blow bubbles and curates celebratory gatherings with private and public party packages. Free WiFi fills the café area, where parents sip on coffee as their concerned youngsters search the internet for cooties remedies.
In 2010, Crisis Nursery’s Children’s Shelter cared for 505 children with 24/7 emergency services. 46% of the young people admitted are homeless, 40% face parental health and psychological problems and abuse, and 23% undergo domestic violence, abuse, and neglect at home. The shelter satisfies immediate needs with new clothing and medical attention, and comprehensive services also include educational opportunities and behavioral services with nurturing staff members to help make young people feel at ease during traumatic periods. Crisis Nursery also works with parents to help resolve the crisis and get kids safely back into homes. An overnight stay for one person costs the organization $75, including staff supervision, housing including utilities and phone service, a day's worth of food, and program supplies.