Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
Like a beloved T-shirt or a broken-in couch, Elm Street Pub is in the business of comfort, welcoming visitors with hearty sandwiches, traditional pub fare, and sudsy libations served in a low-key taproom. Digits descend on finger foods including chicken tenders or beer-battered french fries, and tall draft pours fuel all-night games of eight ball on the pool table. Modern and old-school hits pump out of the pub’s jukebox, providing an aural backdrop for friendly dance-offs or attempts to help a percolator kick its caffeine habit.
Platters, trays, and baskets of cookies populate the countertops at sunny Cookiedoodle, a specialty bakery owned by Bernadette Feickert. The gourmet cookie line encompasses classics such as chocolate chip and ginger, as well as uncommon flavors such as french toast and latte, which together comprise part of a balanced breakfast. To create each hand-decorated cookie, confectioners whip up sugar-cookie batter, roll and cut it into shapes, and bake the cookies until they achieve a cake-like texture.
Jenks Dance Academy is hip-hop and ballet, it's tumbling and it's jazz...but it's never quiet. That's the common denominator in this otherwise versatile dance school. Regardless of genre, all classes are active, engaging, and led by professional dance instructors keen on keeping things quick-footed and interactive. Jenks welcomes boys and girls as young as 12 months old for classes and camps that incorporate fitness, creativity, and self-discipline. So whether your daughter's enrolled in the princess camp—a ballerina-focused dance camp with props such as wands and tiaras—or your kid's strutting their stuff with swagger in the superstars/hip-hop class, they'll be honing their flexibility and coordination, building physical strength, and building the self-confidence necessary to drop jaws in the dance recital or produce aisle.
Jenks's studio is staffed with professional instructors. It's also equipped with modern enhancements in place to facilitate structure, dexterity, and safety. For instance, there are one-way observational windows, raised wood floors that prevent injuries or kids tiring out, and a separate kids' play room. The center also features a boutique with shoes and apparel.
The Randy Heckenkemper–designed layout of South Lakes Golf Course winds its way through seven lakes, resulting in a watery, 6,413-yard wonderland worthy of exploration. The course’s sinuous fairways slink around the lakes at many points, forcing players to aim carefully for the dry bermuda grass. Large bentgrass greens crown each hole, offering a welcome reward for golfers who manage to keep their balls dry or those who require a running start in order to give themselves a jumping high-five. And when the round is done, players can always head back to the clubhouse area to utilize the 13,000-square-foot practice putting green or all-grass driving range.
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