In 1964, Bob and Coni Keyes decided to transform their 80-acre hog farm in Waterford, Wisconsin into something brand new: a pick-your-own vegetables and raspberry farm. Inspired by their own 13 children, they decided to gear the experience toward families and kids. It wasn't long before the operation expanded to include interactions with their animals, and the farm became a destination where children could come to experience agriculture and farm life. Eventually the Keyes' children grew up and left the nest, but that they didn't necessarily leave the family business. Instead, many decided to start their own petting farms in their new towns—which is how Green Meadows started in Ijamsville.
Today, farmers there take visiting kids on fun, exploratory hay rides tied to a game of I Spy in which riders look for specific things hidden in the surrounding fields. Afterward, they head to the baby animal barn to cuddle with the farm's youngest fuzzy residents. Other attractions include plastic duck races and a new slide made from a combine. The team also encourages visitors to try milking a cow and feeding the animals.
Surrounded by 30 acres of lush terrain, Canine Obedience Unlimited gives four-legged family members an expansive, off-leash training experience. All training courses meet once per week for one hour to teach canines the essentials of sitting, staying, and break dancing on grass. Dog agility classes lay the groundwork and fine-tune the obedience skills necessary to navigate an intricate framework of weave poles and teeter-totters, whereas the interactive dog obedience courses tame all manner of behavioral problems in a small- to medium-size group format. Alternatively, the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy preschool is geared toward pooches ages 8- to 20-weeks old and teaches owners how to transform juvenile delinquents into upstanding canine citizens who hold doghouse doors open for their elders.
BounceU transports kids to an inflatable playground, where they can bounce from side to side in a safe, secure environment. Youngsters can imagine they're synchronized leapers in Michael Flatley's Riverbounce as they carom around the squishily stocked stadium, expending energy with every leap. The five-bounce flex pass is valid toward any combination of open-bounce sessions, including Preschool Playdate, Family Bounce Night, and All-Ages Open Bounce.
In 2001, Dr. Robert Samit had a vision, which was a pretty appropriate phenomenon, considering that he's an optometrist. He saw in the future a network of eye doctors, united under the banner of a single company that provides quality vision care—plus a huge selection of value-priced and designer eyewear frames—to patients throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Together with company president Sue Healey Downes, they now boast a whopping 51 locations throughout the region, each with a licensed Doctor of Optometry on hand. They equip this army of eye examiners with the latest technology. When a doctor determines that a corrective lens is called for, he or she prescribes them before MyEyeDr.'s team of eyecare consultants helps patients choose from a huge array of frames from such brands as Chanel, Oakley, and Ray Ban RX.
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Crest Cleaners uses its exclusive CleanCare System to unsoil shirts and slacks while leaving the environment virtually unblemished. By using only biodegradable and organic cleaning agents, Crest Cleaners avoids the carcinogenic dangers of traditional tetrachloroethylene-based agents that lie in wait to sabotage suit jackets and the bodies that fill them. Enjoy eco-friendly edulcorating, with most cleaning—including pants and sports coats—running at $7.25 per item. Laundered shirts run $2.40 a piece and get to keep a souvenir hanger from their ride on the motorized clothes carousel. Dresses run around $14.50 each. For nocturnalites who do their errands in the still of the night—when the sun isn’t listening in on conversations—Crest Cleaners offers 24-hour drop off, and busy bees can take advantage of the cleaner's same-day policy, as items dropped off by 11 a.m. are ready for pick-up by 5 p.m. Get garments ready for demolition derbies and anti-costume Halloween parties with the spiffying-up services of Crest Cleaners.